Some of you may have seen the “52 Week Money Challenge” that has been making the rounds on Pinterest, various blogs, and Facebook. The concept is simple – each week you set aside an amount equal to the week of the year. So, you set aside $1 in week 1, $2 in week 2, $3 in week 3, and so on, until week 52, when you are saving $52. The beauty of this system is that you should not feel a huge pinch in your budget as you increase your savings amount because each week you only need to find $1 more than you saved the week before. Though the amounts seem small in the beginning, by the end of the year you will have saved nearly $1400!
Our large fundraising goal this year is to complete the fundraising for the construction of the new classrooms for the Galilee Primary School. Wouldn’t it be fun if we all tried the “52 Week Money Challenge” to benefit our Nairobi Kids? If you can take the challenge as described above you could contribute $1378 to the effort – that is a quarter of a classroom! If using dollars will not work for your budget, the system is easily modified to save in 50 cent increments (yielding $689 at year end), quarters (yielding $344.50 at year end), dimes (yielding approximately $137 at year end), or even nickels (yielding approximately $69). Any amount is appreciated! You could also do the challenge in reverse if you tend to have more money at the beginning of the year than at the end. However you choose to execute the challenge, these funds would go a long way toward putting our kids in safe, dry classrooms by 2015!
If you would like to print out a template showing how much to save each week, the Life As You Live It Blog has templates available for the system using dollars, 50 cent increments, and quarters, as well as saving dollars backwards.
For more information on our Buy-a-Brick campaign to build new classrooms for the Galilee Primary School, visit www.plantabook.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
~submitted by Brooke
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