The $5 Savings Challenge

I’m not sure about you guys, but I am always looking for new ways to save money. It is SO important to have a little cash lying around in case of emergencies, but a lot of times it seems it’s hard to FIND that money!  Here’s an inside scoop on a challenge that could end up giving you THOUSANDS of dollars… it’s called, the $5 Savings Challenge.

The $5 Savings Challenge

About a year ago, my friend and her husband were challenged to save EVERY $5 bill that came into their possession. The rule is simple… if you’ve got $5, it goes into a jar and you can never count the cash. For my friend and her hubby, the goal is that in a few years (maybe even in 1 year), they will open up the jar and use the money to take a trip to Ireland to visit the places where his ancestors are from. Their family did not have the budget for a vacation, BUT by doing this, they would be able to slowly save up for a pretty incredible vacation with just her and the hubs. Sounds great to me!

Well, for the sake of the post, I asked her to break the rule and count her cash! She was FLOORED when she discovered that in just 10 short months, they socked away $1365! I was SO shocked and am excited for them!

My friend told me, “We really do not use cash all that often, but the little bills have added up and we are a little over halfway there! And to be quite honest, we have not even noticed it in our budgeting. We have still had all we needed to pay our bills and still live comfortably.”

An Easy Way to Accumulate Cash

Guys, this is such a simple and easy way to slowly save while you are busy paying off debt or living paycheck to paycheck! Her story inspired me so much that I am going to give it a try!

Here is another success story found on the blog Life Hacks:

I’m telling you, you can do this!

Why you should take on the $5 Saving Challenge:

  • This will help you be more conscious of how you spend cash.
  • Don’t use cash? Consider using it for all your “extras” each month.
  • That $5 bill means one less drink at Starbucks or not getting dessert when you go out to dinner.
  • Rather than hanging on to coins, do it with your Lincolns!! EVERY $5 BILL IS OFF LIMITS!
  • Develop a new pattern with your money… create a pattern where you stash every five dollar bill. As you create this simple money saving habit, you may find saving your money instead of buying frivilous things, will help you have more wealth over time! Having self-control with your money rolls over in to so many other aspects of your life.
  • Patterns = Habits = Lifestyle
  • This challenge is a FUN way to save. Without even noticing it, you will be making smart financial decisions. The impact of this challenge is far greater than the effort we will put into it.

What are you saving up for?

It’s crazy easy to start! Just grab a piggy bank, jar, or box and start saving. Pick a reason for your saving and it will make it even more fun! My friend has a paper taped to the outside of their jar that says, “Ireland Fund” (see the cute pic above). So pick something! Get your spouse to do it with you… if they aren’t game, then do it yourself and pick a fun goal! Here are a few ideas:

  • Emergency Fund (Dave Ramsey recommends starting with $1000 before you start working on debt)
  • A vacation (I’ve been wanting to go to an all-inclusive resort!) – you could treat you and your spouse to an amazing vacation for Valentine’s Day 2018!
  • A makeover in your bedroom or a bathroom remodel
  • New car
  • Pay off your student loans or credit card debt

And for those of you who can’t turn down a dare! I dare you to not only save every $5 bill you get, but also, save $5 from each paycheck! Or anytime you get paid in any form! (Refund, gift, rebate etc.) $5 is so small that you won’t even notice it’s gone, but once you open up your jar a year from now, you will be AMAZED at the results.

No matter the cause, I invite you to start this challenge and let us know A YEAR from now how much you’ve saved! I promise you that you will see REAL results!

Want to join me? Leave a comment below and tell me what you’re going to do with your cash!


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  • Debra

    I never use coins, just put them in a coffee can anytime I get them. I had over $80 to splurge with in just a few months. I was shocked! Now I’m going to add $5 bills to that list and see what happens. My trick will be stashing them away in something difficult to open to keep me from going on the money. Something that takes TNT to open would be great!! But I’m inspired by this challenge so I’m going to try! Thanks for sharing with us!

  • You are so welcome Debra! I’m glad this inspired you! We’ve been collecting coins as well… so the $5 bill thing is really going to up our game!

  • Travis

    I started the $1 and $5 challenge in first part of October 2017. And it’s a few days away from Thanksgiving 2017. I have saved $1000. not going to stop till November of 2018. I will let you know how it turns out.

  • Ryan Michelle

    I have begun the $5 challenge for 2018. Five days in and I am at $45 already! So stoked and will not count any further for a while. I am applying for an acting conservatoire and every penny of this will help with the cost!

  • Leslie

    I am trying the $5 challenge, i am actually surprised at how few $5 bills I have collected so far! I have never paid attention before but it’s fun! I seem to get a lot more $1 for some reason 🙂

  • Amber S

    I just started the challenge , im saving for my birthday i want go somewhere really nice so im doing it with $20 !! Im excited to see what i have saved up by my birthday

  • Dria

    I’m so glad I found this post! I’m so excited because I feel as if this is something i can really do! I am going to save up for my emergency fund

  • Christi

    I started this about 2 weeks ago. I’m saving for an emergency fund and when I get a safe amount built, I’ll start saving for our retirement move to be by the Grandchildren. How much fun is this!!!!

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