Some years I’m very into New Year’s resolutions. Some years, not so much. 2014 started in chaos, so I was less thinking of ways to improve myself and more figuring out a way to move 800 miles to start a new job with no car and no apartment.
But at the tail-end of 2013, two links popped up on my Facebook feed on the same day. The first was New Yeezy Resolutions, which randomly generates a Kanye West quote that could be taken as a resolution. I don’t imagine too many people have actually resolved to accomplish their result, but mine seemed pretty spot-on: I will get my money up to Jay Z level.
The second link was a year-old graphic from Saving a Buck, which encouraged people to commit to saving a small amount of money every week for a year; one dollar the first week, two the next, and so on. One of my Facebook friends pointed out that it made more sense to do the project in reverse, and I added that pairing this goal with a high yield savings account would be a great way to earn more interest on the balance.
So in 2014, while I don’t think I’ll manage to accumulate 42 million dollars, I will (and have) put aside money every Friday into my Ally account. It’s not the only saving plan I’m following this year, but it’s a fun supplement to a more serious, big picture goal.
I’ve made a reference sheet that has every Friday of the year with the corresponding amount I need to put aside, and I’ve shared it via Google Drive. Click here for a downloadable PDF that you can print out for yourself—it’s not too late to join in!