It’s very simple. Every time you get a $5 bill, you save it! At the end of the year, you buy yourself something!
I saw this idea on Pinterest last year, and decided to try it…it was so fun!
Here’s some more details…
Every time you get a $5 bill, you save it. I kept mine in a clip for a long time, until I finally found a shadow box at a thrift store! Then I stored it in the shadow box, simply up on my wall. I used a dry-erase marker to change the amount every time I added a $5.
At the end of 2012, I still didn’t have enough money for what I wanted…a Kitchen Aid. If you know me at all, you know that it’s one of my dreams – to own my own Kitchen Aid! So I continued to save, and this weekend I finally got enough!
Here’s a rule (at least for me): YOU CANNOT ACTIVELY SEEK $5 BILLS. What I mean by that is…you can’t ask for your change in $5’s…and you can’t just go withdraw money from the bank and get it in $5’s….that’s cheating!
My first time using my $5 savings plan: Kitchen Aid
So I went to the store and bought it! (You can get the full story here)
It basically felt like I was getting it for free…because the amount in my bank account stayed the same…it was all from the shadow box on my wall! That’s the beauty of The Five-Dollar Savings Plan. I can spend money on myself once a year without feeling bad about it!
I WAS SO HAPPY!!! I celebrated by making cupcakes 🙂
Here’s the cupcakes I made with my NEW KITCHEN AID!!!
Brown Sugar Banana Cupcakes with Avocado Buttercream Icing
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And if that totally grosses you out, click here to check out my other cupcakes! None of my other cupcakes have avocado, I promise!
My second time using my $5 savings plan: Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection
My third time using my $5 savings plan: A sitting apparatus…well, 2
My fourth time using my $5 savings plan: A porch glider and a table!
Now, go forth and save up those $5 bills!
On a different note, if you’re still trying to figure out what to make for dinner tonight, here’s some ideas!