Save Money: Take the Boring Challenge
How boring can you be?
Most of you probably don't want to think of yourselves as boring, but what if being boring could save you some big bucks? I saved over $2,000 by eating a boring lunch every day for the past three years. Does that make me lame? Boring? Uninteresting?
Maybe, but it also means I have $2,000 that I didn't have before. Ka-ching!
What's The Boring Challenge?
The Boring Challenge is all about changing a daily routine or habit for one week to see how much money you can save.
Why make it boring? Because making it boring makes it nice and simple to stick to, and that's a good thing. If you can keep it up for a week and see how much money you can save, then odds are you'll graduate to non-boring and start saving some real money month after month.
I can't promise all your friends will stick around...but maybe if save enough to buy them a round they will.
Some Ways to Get You Started
- Food: I saved $2,000 by eating the same lunch for three years. Think you can top that? Here's a quick tip: make lasagna and you'll have enough food for the whole week! Sound boring? That's the whole point!
- MP3 Downloads: Some of you love buying new music, but those $1 downloads add up quick. Instead of paying for music, check out Pandora or any of the hundreds of free podcasts that are out there. Oh and remember your old friend, FM Radio? Zzzzzz... Sound boring? Sure, but it's still free. There are also a bunch of ways to listen to free music.
- Books: I know a lot of you love to browse the shelves at Border's for hours -- I'm the same way. But here's a boring thought: pick one of the books sitting on your shelf that you still haven't read. And don't forget: your library card is your friend.
- Coffee: Don't worry, I'm not going to suggest you quit coffee for a week. I don't want your head to explode. But instead of buying it from Starbucks or Dunkin' Donuts every day, try dusting off your coffee machine at home and brewing it yourself. Or if your work has a machine, try using it for a week. It may not be what you're used to, but that's the whole point here.
- Be Creative: Some of you may hate the thought of being boring. And that's OK -- you can come up with your own set of odd ways to save cash. I don't care how you do it, The Boring Challenge is all about jacking up those savings.
Before you begin your boring week of savings, make sure you write it all down. Every penny you save has to be accounted for somewhere. When the week is over, tally up the results and see how much you could save if you kept it up for a whole month.
What about a year? Three years? Can you beat my $2,000 savings?
Leave a comment at the end of the article on how boring you can be or email me here so we can see who is the best boring saver out there!