Tip #22: Analyze your progress in the 30 Day Challenge
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Today’s tip is to step back from the day-to-day tips and analyze how well you’re doing overall in the 30 Day Challenge.
(Note: Don’t forget to scroll down for the pictures of how I’ve been doing in the Challenge.)
It’s easy to get caught up in the details of any goal, so let’s step back and try to evaluate how we’re doing. (I’ll do it, too.)
- What were your goals when you started the Save $1,000 in 30 Days Challenge?
- How much have you saved?
- Have you really tried your hardest? If not, could you double your efforts over the next few days to finish off the 30 Day Challenge?
To make it easy, here’s a full list of tips so far
Tip #1: Pack lunches for the rest of the week (175 comments)
Tip #2: Turn your thermostat down 3 degrees (97 comments)
Tip #3: Sell something on eBay today (84 comments)
Tip #4: Involve your friends in your savings challenge (41 comments)
Tip #5: Optimize your cellphone bill (82 comments)
Tip #6: Use gas prices to become your own hedge fund (92 comments)
Tip #7: Create a “No Spending” day once a week (51 comments)
Tip #8: Implement the A La Carte Method (65 comments)
Tip #9: Only buy new things when replacing something old (39 comments)
Tip #10: Use the free rewards from your credit card, car insurance, and workplace (36 comments)
Tip #11: Never pay full retail price for clothes or eyeglasses again (61 comments)
Tip #12: How I’m saving $2,000+ on eating out in 2009 (51 comments)
Tip #13: How to negotiate your car insurance (47 comments)
Tip #14: Use self-persuasion to share how much you’ve saved so far (12 comments)
Tip #15: Forget going to a bar — ask people over for dinner (14 comments)
Tip #16: Cancel any large purchase this month (5 comments)
Tip #17: Buy generic for the stuff you don’t care about (50 comments)
Tip #18: No Christmas gifts this year (62 comments)
Tip #19: Save Money, Eat Well and Look Hot in Less Than an Hour (20 comments)
Tip #20: Change the date of Christmas (21 comments)
Tip #21: Save thousands by pre-paying your debt (just launched a few hours ago)
A couple people told me that they haven’t read the comments on these tips. Guys, the comments have some of the best stuff in this Challenge. Read them!
My experience during the 30 Day Challenge
Finally, let me share how I’ve been doing. I figured some pictures would be more fun than me writing more words.
Following the (pack-your-lunch tip), I took a picture of these apples I brought to work as a snack, which (1) forced me to eat healthier, (2) prevented them from going rotten, and (3) most importantly, removed the barrier of not eating them at home.
Next, I had to buy a coat for a quick trip I took, so I went to TJ Maxx, where I saved $100 on a coat — and saw this hilarious sign.
All right guys, this next one is my favorite photo. I tried to cook at home, but as I’ve told you before, I’m horrible at making anything. You’ll notice the cornbread here, which tasted disgusting. If you look closely, you might wonder why I’m wearing a skull cap in my own house. That’s because I turned the thermostat down and it was freezing. But if you guys are going through this Challenge, how can I not?
I want to show you the difference in receipts from the month before this Challenge to a dinner I took in the last few days. Now, the receipt on the left is a special occasion — some friends were in from out of town, so it was pretty expensive. But in the bill on the right, I split an $8 entree, which was more than enough food and resulted in a total bill of about $5. I’ve saved hundreds by cutting down on eating out this month.
Finally, I couldn’t take it any more. My parents were coming over to visit so I asked my mom to bring food. “What do you want me to make?” she asked. I just replied with a simple request: “PLEASE BRING ANYTHING YOU CAN!!!!!!!!”
So that’s how I’ve been doing during this Challenge. How about you?
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Last thing to do
1. See other tips in the Save $1,000 in 30 Days Challenge
2. Leave a comment on this post describing how much you’re saving with this tip and any unusual techniques you use to make this tip work.
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