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Money Saving Challenge - 10 Savings Challenges to try in 2021

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Money Saving Challenges

Fancy a challenge? If you’re looking to save and manage your finances, this can easily be made more fun by turning it into a contest! Do you reckon you have the willpower to stick to these seven challenges? Let’s find out…

money saving challenge

There’s a variety of challenges you can do to test your limits with savings, ranging from a monthly challenge to a 52-week challenge. There’s also some involving your spare change, bingo boxes, and even a 1p saving challenge. The no-spend challenge is arguably the hardest, although still relatively easy, and the 100 envelope challenge makes things a little more creative. Let’s find out a bit more about each of them.

Money Saving Challenges

Fancy trying a Money Saving Challenge? We've rounded up the best UK Savings Challenges in 2021 - All with FREE Printable Template packs to get you started...

money saving challenges

 

Monthly Money Saving Challenge

The rules of this one are pretty straightforward. Choose your yearly goal and divide the number by 12 to create a saving goal for each of the 12 months! There is a free printable chart available to help you keep track of your spending, so it might be best to put this somewhere you will see it to remind yourself of your goals.

Many people find it easier to spread their saving targets over multiple months as it arguably makes them more manageable and less overwhelming, especially if you are paid monthly.

Free printable available: Yes

Easy to do: Yes

Savings Amount: £1000 if you save £83.33 per month

If you want to find out more about this challenge, click the link below...

Monthly Money Challenge

 

52 Week Money Saving Challenge

The principles of this challenge are simple. You start by saving £1 in week 1 and then increase this by £1 each week – for example, £2 saved in week 2, £3 saved in week 3, etc.

Similar to the monthly money saving challenge, this one aims to build good financial habits whilst not being too overwhelming.

Free printable available: Yes

Easy to do: Yes

Savings Amount: £1378 per year

If you want to find out more about this challenge, click the link below...

52 Week Challenge

 

Reverse 52 Week Money Saving Challenge

For this Challenge, you follow the principles of the 52 week saving challenge above but reverse the payments, so start with £52 and decrease the payments by £1 each week. 

This method is best for people starting just after Christmas when they have more cash available to save, then through the year, the amount lessens. 

Free printable available: Yes

Easy to do: Yes

Savings Amount: £1378 per year

If you want to find out more about this challenge, click the link below...

52 Week Challenge

 

The Spare Change Challenge

Taking part in this challenge is fairly easy. You can print off a template sheet to help you track your savings for this one – note down how much you save each week so that you can quickly do the maths to add up your running total.

Every time you come across change, whether this would be from spending a £10 note at a shop, or finding loose change in your coat pocket, put the change aside in a savings pot. It can be surprising how quickly change can add up over time.

Free printable available: Yes

Easy to do: Yes

Savings Amount: £150 per year as a target!

If you want to find out more about this challenge, click the link below...

Spare Change Challenge

 

Bingo Money Saving Challenge

The Bingo Money Saving Challenge is split into weekly goals, much like the 52 Week Saving Challenge. However, this challenge gives a little more flexibility with how much you save each week, making it more manageable for those who find saving money a difficult task.

The idea of this is that you aim to save the numerical amounts in the bingo boxes each week. Once you have saved an amount of money each week, you cross this number off the bingo card. For people who have more spare money some weeks than others, this is a perfect way to set aside a good amount of savings.

Free printable available: Yes

Easy to do: Yes

Savings Amount: £1000 per year

If you want to find out more about this challenge, click the link below

Bingo Money Saving Challenge

 

1p Saving Challenge

This one has a similar concept to the 52 Week Saving Challenge, with an increased amount being saved for each goal. However, this is a daily challenge rather than a weekly one. You should aim to save 1p on day 1, with an increase in 1p each day – for example, 2p saved on day 2, 3p saved on day 3, etc.

Saving such a small quantity each day makes managing your finances achievable. After all, the most you will have to save on any given day of the year (excluding leap years) is £3.65. Very manageable, right?

Free printable available: Yes

Easy to do: Yes

Savings Amount: £667.97 per year, and £671.61 on leap years

If you want to find out more about this challenge, click the link below...

1p Saving Challenge

 

No-Spend Challenge

Don’t worry – this challenge isn’t as ominous as it sounds! The general concept of this task is to go one whole month without spending money on non-essential items. It may not be strange for you to waste £30 here and there with unnecessary purchases such as meals in restaurants.

With some months demanding more money from you than others, this is a great way to get back on track with your finances and balancing out your yearly spending.

Free printable available: Yes

Easy to do: Yes

Savings Amount: £300 as a target!

If you want to find out more about this challenge, click the link below...

No Spend Challenge

 

100 Envelope Challenge

This challenge is simple: label 100 envelopes from 1 to 100, draw 2 envelopes per week (for 50 weeks), and fill these envelopes with the amount of money stated on them.

For example, pulling out the number 12 would mean that you have to fill this envelope with £12, and so on. If you don’t think you can manage saving two high numbers in a week, you can separate the high and low numbers into two piles so that the challenge can become more manageable.

Free printable available: Yes

Easy to do: Yes

Savings Amount: £5050

If you want to find out more about this challenge, click the link below...

100 Envelope Challenge

 

If you have tried any of the above challenges, need any help, or know of any other money saving challenges we should add to the list, please let us know in the comments below...