The 52 Week Money Challenge – you game? #52weekmoneychallenge

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52 Week Money Challenge

When I was first married I would go to the bank every week on pay day and withdraw a roll of gold dollars. When I got home from work I unrolled the coins and dropped them into the change bucket. It was a great way to save money and because they weren’t paper dollars it was easy to leave it in the jar.

Every year I want to start again, but … honestly, I forget.
This year I found this 52 Week Money Challenge as a FaceBook share and it looks like a good challenge.

The Money Challenge

I’m going to spice it up a little – I’m going to post my jar weekly!
I’m counting on peer pressure to help me keep going.

The calendar is marked – each week to remind me which week it is and how much to put in the jar.

So are you in?
How long can you keep it up?

Off to the craft store with you to purchase a jar.
Print out the 52 Week Challenge Paper and stick it IN the jar to make sure you follow it.
Let me know how far you get. (Friend me here: eDee)

52 Week Money Challenge 2015

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52 week money challenge 2015 PDF

NEW 2015 -52 Week Money Challenge 2015 - Printable! Get a jar and each week put in the amount listed. It starts with one buck and goes up by one more each week. By the last week of the year you will have $1,378.00!!! Print and stick the chart right into the big jar, or tape onto it so it wont get lost. Fun and pretty do-able!
NEW 2015 -52 Week Money Challenge 2015 -  Printable!  Get a jar and each week put in the amount listed. It starts with one buck and goes up by one more each week. By the last week of the year you will have $1,378.00!!! Print and stick the chart right into the big jar, or tape onto it so it wont get lost. Fun and pretty do-able!

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202 thoughts on “The 52 Week Money Challenge – you game? #52weekmoneychallenge


    (January 3, 2013 - 7:25 pm)

    RT @stuckathomemom: The 52 Week Money Challenge – you game? : When I was first married I would go to the bank every week … http://t.c

    Jeana Speers

    (January 3, 2013 - 8:24 pm)

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    Jessica Bell

    (January 3, 2013 - 10:13 pm)

    I saw this on Pinterest, and I think I will join you! Such a great idea, and easy to do! Thanks!!

    Comic Strip Mama

    (January 4, 2013 - 10:44 am)

    Do you have a New Year’s Resolution you intend to follow through with?? If so, what is it?? I would love to help keep you motivated to accomplishing your goal! Sometimes that is all a person needs. =)

    Jess Vogel

    (January 4, 2013 - 4:57 pm)

    Saw this on pinterest! I just bought a jar and I’m joining you! I graduate from nursing school at the end of the year so this will be great! 🙂


      (January 4, 2013 - 9:58 pm)

      @Jess Vogel, I hope to post a picture of my jar every week – until people get REALLY bored of it at least lol I’m going to Pin them, have a board just for my jars lolol You should too, we’ll follow each others jars (:


    (January 4, 2013 - 9:49 pm)

    I saw this on pinterest as well. I already made up my own list (I needed dates in case I lose track, lol). My mom’s going to do it too. Can’t wait! I hope I can keep it going all year!


      (January 4, 2013 - 9:57 pm)

      @Melynda, I’m so excited about it! I marked the dates on the calendar so I won’t lose track.


    (January 5, 2013 - 9:55 pm)

    Putting $200 the month of Dec could be difficult so I would recommend doing it like this wk 1,2,3,52,4,5,6,51,7,8,9,50,10,11,12,49…that way you spread the larger amt wks in w/the smaller amt weeks.


      (October 30, 2014 - 1:14 pm)

      Yes, I think I like this method better. I figured it out…that last month’s amount is less than if you went with the original format. Like $154 approx. as opposed to over $200 for those last 4 weeks. Not as daunting.


    (January 5, 2013 - 10:43 pm)

    Great idea!!! I think the last 8 weeks would be hard. I might swap it and start with 52$ or something….

    Debbie Ritenour

    (January 6, 2013 - 12:09 am)

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    Cindy R

    (January 6, 2013 - 5:04 pm)

    Great ideas, already have the jar so I’m ready to go. I think I will start backwards also. Can’t wait to hear how we all do.

    Jesie Shaffer

    (January 6, 2013 - 5:09 pm)

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    (January 7, 2013 - 5:10 am)

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    (January 7, 2013 - 5:10 am)

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    dan williams

    (January 7, 2013 - 5:24 pm)

    twitted this today, 07/01


    (January 7, 2013 - 5:45 pm)

    Wow, this is a wonderful idea. Thanks for sharing. Maybe I can do it too???


    (January 7, 2013 - 8:46 pm)

    Visit my blog! We mentioned your blog! Thanks!!


    (January 9, 2013 - 9:54 am)

    I LOVE the idea!! I would actually like to find one that would be good for a monthly challenge…..yet not break the bank (my pocket). Something for my children to get involved in.


    (January 9, 2013 - 1:03 pm)

    I love this! I’m going to try it, but alternate the amounts between week 1 and week 52. Can’t wait to get all that money saved!


    (January 9, 2013 - 1:06 pm)

    Maybe I can get my husband to start his own jar too! All our loose change could go in there too!

    Ashleigh Necolle

    (January 9, 2013 - 8:42 pm)

    I’m so doing this… will be good for either using for my son’s second birthday party at the beginning of next year or a family vacation!! so excited

    Dawn Purtle

    (January 12, 2013 - 8:25 am)

    I am going to do this, it’s a great savings plan


    (January 12, 2013 - 8:39 am)

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    (January 12, 2013 - 8:40 am)

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    Melissa Witzgall

    (January 12, 2013 - 10:24 am)

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    (January 12, 2013 - 1:39 pm)

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    Patty Kanfer

    (January 30, 2013 - 7:20 pm)

    I’m in and love the idea!!

    Kathy Connors McDonough

    (January 30, 2013 - 7:37 pm)

    I’m doing this…..start it and lets keep each other going!!!!!

    Kathy Connors McDonough

    (January 30, 2013 - 7:40 pm)

    BTW you owe 5 weeks…LOL

    Patty Kanfer

    (January 30, 2013 - 7:42 pm)

    LOL I already started Kate..and deal we can remind each other.

    EDee Williams

    (January 30, 2013 - 8:46 pm)

    LOL I’m on week 5 also.
    I moved my blog today and when I imported my posts some of them where filtered through FaceBook, Twitter and Pinterest again.

    Nancy Asher

    (January 30, 2013 - 8:54 pm)

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    Marcia A Kern

    (January 30, 2013 - 8:57 pm)

    I started mine right away! I’m going into week 6 and just love it! plan on going all way!

    Sarah Avants

    (January 30, 2013 - 9:17 pm)

    love this idea starting today!!!

    Jenifer Dixon Ammons

    (January 30, 2013 - 10:09 pm)

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    (January 31, 2013 - 12:24 am)

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    (January 31, 2013 - 11:42 am)

    What a great idea! I am going to start this tomorrow with a few tweaks to accommodate my very limited budget and only getting paid monthly. I won’t have near as much at the end of the year, but I am instead going to do each month (x10) and count backwards. Also going to start tomorrow (Feb 1), that way the big amounts are not around the holidays.

    Jennifet Zordan

    (January 31, 2013 - 8:52 pm)

    I’m going to let my kids pick a number out of the jar (1-52) to determine how much to save for the week…larger amounts = spending less that week.

    Sarah 'Goodman' Laughter

    (February 1, 2013 - 12:24 am)

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    (February 1, 2013 - 12:24 am)

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    (February 1, 2013 - 8:41 am)

    We threw all our change in a jar last year and the last week in December we cashed it in for our trip to Florida. The change paid for our car to be parked at airport for a week, it paid for our limo from the airport in Tampa to the hotel in Indiana Rocks Beach and for the limo from Indian Rocks Beach hotel back to Tampa airport ($65 one way plus tip) Airport was 1 1/2 hrs from hotel. We were thrilled. I am now doing this idea to pay for the plane and hotel at the end of this year! My husband will be so impressed! He is still throwing his change in jar to pay for the cars again. I’m not letting him know I’ve been doing this. I can’t wait! Thanks for the idea!


    (February 2, 2013 - 12:48 pm)

    For those that might be on a tight budget, you may want to print it off and rotate like week one, week 52, week 2, week 51… Towards the end, near the holidays, you may not have the extra money a week. You could print the paper and highlight as you complete the week. You could also based on your finances, just choose a week that fits your budget, then mark it off and again highlight once completed. Just a thought!


    (February 3, 2013 - 12:22 am)

    LOVE IT! this is the greatest idea ever! Im on a tight budget and have been wanting to start a savings fund for awhile now just never thought to plan it out 🙂 I plan on doing this just alittle different… Im going to try to get a few months ahead so incase something happens and i dont have the extra cash i wont be behind… If I complete all 12 months early im going to start over and add to the money!!! i also keep a change jar at the end of the year i will add that to it too 🙂 instead of a jar im going to use an evelope or the bank not sure yet 🙂 but good luck everyone!

    Anna Hanks

    (February 5, 2013 - 8:33 am)

    I feel very inspired. I am going to do the 52 weeks also However I am doing it in reverse, starting with the big money now. who know maybe I will be able to add a little extra at the end that way and have more. I do save change and use to put $20 away but I have always spent it and not started again. DUH I know. thanks for inspiring me. Anna

    Tammy Gajewski

    (February 5, 2013 - 9:06 am)

    Great Way to save


    (February 5, 2013 - 3:11 pm)

    I love this! Totally doing it right now!


    (February 6, 2013 - 4:11 pm)

    I’m a few weeks behind, but sounds like a great plan. I’m with you!


    (February 6, 2013 - 4:11 pm)

    I just started this!! Found the idea on Pinterest. I’m going to save up for my sweet sixteen! Wish me luck!


    (February 6, 2013 - 4:39 pm)

    I am doing this but other then the fear the bank may loose all my money. I don’t see the point. We already keep a jar with pennys ( doesn’t everyone) and another for dimes and nickles. and a 3rd for quarters. (Laundry) It might be cool at the end of the year to hold 1,500 cash.


    (February 8, 2013 - 9:21 pm)

    I’m going to do this but put an amount from the calendar as what I have available each week and mark that amount off. Right now I can afford some of the higher amounts so I’ll start with those, I’ll have to play catch up though. So now to catch up I might have $60 to put in and split it by 6 of the weeks to start.


    (February 9, 2013 - 12:44 pm)

    Just noticed an error how can week 49 be less then week 48? Should be week 49 $1,225.00.
    [ADMIN: Hi, I know it wrong. I didn’t type it up so I don’t have the original to correct it. Maybe I can photoshop it – I’ll try.]


    (February 9, 2013 - 12:46 pm)

    Opps week 52 should be $1,388.00

    [ADMIN: Hi, I know it wrong. I didn’t type it up so I don’t have the original to correct it. Maybe I can photoshop it – I’ll try.]


    (February 9, 2013 - 12:48 pm)

    Week 49 should read $1,225.00 simple mistake.

    [ADMIN: Hi, I know it wrong. I didn’t type it up so I don’t have the original to correct it. Maybe I can photoshop it – I’ll try.]

    Lola Herron

    (February 9, 2013 - 4:02 pm)

    I have been looking for a way to save some money………what a GREAT idea you have here! I’m starting today……which is a little short but maybe I can make up the short…… THANK YOU so much!!!

    Emily Phillips

    (February 11, 2013 - 3:29 pm)

    I just found this on pinterest today but im going to start this week and continue to next feb its a great idea! I already have change jar started to pay to get my dogs fixed but this will be for me!!


    (February 12, 2013 - 2:52 pm)

    I’m in! Cool idea, especially to prove to my husband no matter what we can save a little money!


    (February 12, 2013 - 11:12 pm)

    Found this on Pinterest….Great idea…I just recreated it in Excel. So I could do formulas & move weeks around! I am thinking I am going to give it a shot…thanks.


    (February 14, 2013 - 12:08 am)

    Plan on doing this with my kids. It will be a great teaching tool!


    (February 14, 2013 - 5:54 pm)

    Why not just save 26.50 a week that way the same amount every week and no 1 big outgoing in December


    (February 17, 2013 - 5:54 am)

    My husband and I are doing something like this, only we picked one day a week (Sunday for us) and are putting the date into the jar. IE: Sunday, February 17 we put $17 in the jar. That way its always changing but we are still saving…and its not a huge hit at the end of the year


    (February 17, 2013 - 12:27 pm)

    Is there a reason you dont just do this in a savings account for accrued interest also?

    [Admin: Yes, this is fun]


    (February 17, 2013 - 10:15 pm)

    I love all these unique ideas.


    (February 18, 2013 - 11:54 am)

    What an awesome idea! I will follow this and participate too!


    (February 18, 2013 - 4:10 pm)

    I just started this! I decided to put the amount in my “jar” (I chose my savings account) each Friday 🙂 I just can’t wait until the next week to put in more money! The cool part is, you will never put in more than $52! I plan on just starting over after week 52 and putting $1 in the next week! Thanks for the encouragement! It will make it much easier!

    Diane Steckler

    (February 18, 2013 - 6:02 pm)

    Love this idea. I will try it. My husband always says, when you save money your not spending it on something you can probably live with out.

    Mandy Watkins

    (February 19, 2013 - 1:23 pm)

    I saw this on Pinterest as well and I’m on week 7. Such a great idea!


    (February 19, 2013 - 2:20 pm)

    I saw this on pinterest, and am down for the challenge!

    Lee Castell

    (February 19, 2013 - 9:30 pm)

    I like it. Going to try it.

    Sherry Harvey

    (February 21, 2013 - 11:58 am)

    Sounds like a fun way to save some extra money so I’m in! I have a jar already, so will start today!

    Betty Methods

    (February 22, 2013 - 7:19 pm)

    Why is this better than leaving money in the bank to earn interest? Its not really saving money, its just moving money sooo….
    [Admin: If you’re not spending it, you’re saving it, it doesn’t matter how.]


    (February 25, 2013 - 6:47 pm)

    This is great. Putting money in the bank eventhough it earned interest when tax season comes the goverment tax whatever you have in your account. Much better this way, I work hard for my money and pay taxes. No need for the goverment to get my “fun money”


    (February 28, 2013 - 11:49 am)

    I agree it would be hard for the last few weeks so why not do $1 then the 52$ then $2 then the $51 dollars. something like that would give you somewhat equal amounts then you’d feel like you were getting somewhere faster and be more inclined to continue.


    (February 28, 2013 - 7:59 pm)

    i think if you paid the amounts in reverse it would be easier to keep motivated bc the amount ur putting in is always less and less


    (March 4, 2013 - 12:39 pm)

    Just wanted to let u know theres a mistake on wk number49. Sould read 1225 but reads on here 1125

    DianeMargaret Miller

    (March 7, 2013 - 11:53 pm)

    It is so funny that I found this! I just started doing something similar!
    Instead of having a set amount I am putting away the “extra” bit from every check.
    Like last week the check ENDED in 49.06 so I took out 9.06 and put it away this weeks ended in 55.43 so I put away $5.43.
    I know this won’t get me a set amount and some weeks are hardly worth it (one was only .06) but that’s not really the point!!!
    The point is, to save…no matter how much.
    I’m really interested to see how much we’ll end up with at the end of the year!!!
    I’m still printing THIS chart out too…maybe I’ll try it this way next year!

    Tina Shiflet

    (March 10, 2013 - 2:54 am)

    I really like this idea. Was just talking to hubby and stating that we need to start saving money. This is a good way to start. Thank you for posting this. It will be helpful.


    (March 11, 2013 - 3:46 pm)

    This is probably doable if you get paid weekly AND your weekly pay is big enough. However, if you are on a limited income(Social Security) and get paid monthly, by the 21st week you have to put in a total of $100.00 for the month! And that is only through the 24th week!


    (March 15, 2013 - 3:36 pm)

    If you’re trying to save money, shouldn’t you just use an old pasta sauce jar or something…


    (March 16, 2013 - 2:00 pm)

    LOVE THIS! If Jeremy and I both do this we can double it. GREAT way to save money for that trip you want to take…


    (March 17, 2013 - 10:22 am)

    Just add $26.50 every week and you have it. No need to worry about the higher weeks falling in Dec. Every 2 weeks cross offweeks # 52&1, #51&2, #50&3 and so on.
    [eDee: There are a lot of different ways to do it. I think the idea behind the 52 week challenge was to make it fun and slowly build up to show people they can put money away. But who knows, like I said – I found it on FaceBook lol]

    Augustine Rhodes

    (March 18, 2013 - 10:18 am)

    I saw this on Pinterest and I will join it as well. Week one went well. I am doing mine a little different because I do not want to have to save so much toward the end of the challenge. So for week one, I saved $50. I plan on saving $1 for week 2.


    (March 20, 2013 - 10:56 pm)

    money savor

    Maryann Gerber

    (March 21, 2013 - 8:24 pm)

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    (March 21, 2013 - 8:24 pm)

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    Marianne S.

    (March 21, 2013 - 8:59 pm)

    I stay too broke to try it!!! Ineviatbly, I’d end up dipping in the jar in order to get gas or food or something.
    Good luck though!!


    (March 23, 2013 - 10:21 pm)

    Great idea! I’m gonna try it!

    Lady on a journey

    (March 24, 2013 - 2:57 pm)

    “liked” it yesterday, “read” it today!
    A little behind but will make my way!
    On payday I’m going to play catch up and do this with you!
    And maybe by December I can plan my trip to Peru!

    Lacey A.

    (March 24, 2013 - 5:44 pm)

    I think it’s a great Idea but I’m actually doing it backwards. Same amount of money but decreasing steadily instead of increasing works better for me.

    Melanie Foster Kingston

    (March 25, 2013 - 4:04 pm)

    Would be easier if the weeks were backwards. So if you started depositing $52 then counted down. Because by the end of the year it’s Christmas time and a lot more difficult to set the money aside.

    Kimberly Douglass Laaper

    (March 27, 2013 - 8:35 am)

    A great idea I am going to try!


    (April 1, 2013 - 9:12 am)

    I love this, Such a simple structured saving idea. Plus you get to see the money grow – which is a huge incentive to continue. My fiancé and I are working on a deposit challenge this year- trying to make money for our first home deposit . We’ve designed it as a race against each other and write a monthly blog with our efforts and totals in. The winner will get to design and control the spare room when we eventually have the house. It’s been really encouraging to see our totals and ideas written down, still a long way to go but its definitely working 🙂


    (April 10, 2013 - 5:00 pm)

    Good idea. I think I will select every week an amount and score it out. So I save money during 52 weeks and it is my own decision how I spread it over the year.


    (April 12, 2013 - 12:14 am)

    I’m doing this challenge as well, but I’m doing it slightly different. I get paid every 2 weeks…so, the week I get paid I pick a high amount to save, and the week I don’t get paid I pick a low amount to save. Easier for me to handle, and it will be the same amount as everyone at the end of the year. 🙂


    (April 14, 2013 - 10:05 am)

    I am doing this challenge, but I started with week 52 and am going backwards. It’s easier to start with the larger amount so around the Christmas holidays, I will have the lesser amount to save! 🙂


    (April 14, 2013 - 12:28 pm)

    I just found this now on Pinterest. I am going to start this now and pass it along to my daughter as well. This is great thanks!


    (April 15, 2013 - 3:00 am)

    Ok So I have a little late start but will play catch up because im so in! Ready for the challenge.


    (April 18, 2013 - 2:45 pm)

    I’m definately doing this. I agree about switching some of the more expensive weeks in with the cheaper weeks. What a great idea if your planning a wedding!


    (April 26, 2013 - 6:21 pm)

    LOVE the idea…. Just a thought- What about working this backwards (week 52, 51, 50, etc) so the lowest amounts are paid during the holidays?!


    (April 26, 2013 - 8:38 pm)

    In stead of starting in January, start in October or November. Then the 1st weeks through the holidays will require less savings and the 52 weeks will end in time for shopping. A save-at-home Christmas Club.


    (April 28, 2013 - 7:22 pm)

    April 26th was my 60th birthday so I am going to try to keep up with the challenge until my 61st birthday. I have two gold dollars in my purse I have been carrying around for over six months, so I am going to start with those. Hopefully I will have a great birthday present for myself next year!!!


    (April 30, 2013 - 2:56 pm)

    My sister told me about this. I have started but I think I am about 3 weeks behind. Catching up this week and getting back on track


    (May 2, 2013 - 1:47 am)

    I never thought of this, today is 2nd of May, I will start from arrear of Januay and and paid up to date
    Thanks for this great idea


    (May 2, 2013 - 9:24 pm)

    The 52 Week Money Challenge – you game? – via @stuckathommom


    (May 2, 2013 - 9:39 pm)

    Love this starting tomorrow and will mix up the weeks as others have suggested for the ease of putting in the larger amounts to make the savings easier I’m also going to incorporate our loose change I can’t wait to see how much we can save in a year and possibly have a nice vacation


    (May 2, 2013 - 11:03 pm) I think we shOuld try thIs @stevegentry55

    ashley donahue

    (May 3, 2013 - 2:21 pm)

    if torwards the end you cant seem to scrap the 50 so dollars up u can just do 26, dollars every week to get the same amount. its alil repetitive yes but yes basic idea.


    (May 5, 2013 - 2:43 pm)

    The 52 Week Money Challenge – you game? : When I was first married I would go to the bank every week …


    (May 5, 2013 - 2:43 pm)

    The 52 Week Money Challenge – you game? : When I was first married I would go to the bank every week …

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    (May 7, 2013 - 9:48 am)

    The 52 Week Money Challenge – you game? : When I was first married I would go to the bank every week on pay day…


    (May 7, 2013 - 10:11 am)

    game! 🙂

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    (May 7, 2013 - 3:55 pm)

    I am going to take the 52 week challenge and see what happens. I am terrible about saving money, so wish me luck!

    Eric Renner

    (May 7, 2013 - 7:40 pm)

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    Virginia Lopez

    (May 8, 2013 - 10:19 pm)

    Need to try this…52 week money challenge. After the 52 weeks you will have $1,378.00!~ Good way to save for a vacation!

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    (May 9, 2013 - 4:10 pm)

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    Denise Donaldson

    (May 9, 2013 - 9:05 pm)

    I love this idea!


    (May 10, 2013 - 7:51 pm)

    The 52 Week Money Challenge – you game? | over $1,300 saved!


    (May 10, 2013 - 8:34 pm)

    The 52 Week Money Challenge – you game? | over $1,300 saved!

    Rob Mccrady

    (May 11, 2013 - 11:15 am)

    Is it just me or did week 50 jump $150 for total in the jar instead of 50?


      (May 12, 2013 - 9:09 am)

      haha, I noticed that too, but then realized they added the one before that wrong, because it’s supposed to be $1225 instead of $1125


    (May 12, 2013 - 2:26 am)

    This is an amazing idea. Im also doing this challange, Instead of doing it by week im doing it by day. This may only work for me though because im a waitress so I get paid cash everyday. Im also thinking about doubleing the amounts since im saving on a time frame for a special event! Im on day 11!!! Hope you keep it up! ♡♥Happy Mothers Day♥♡


    (May 12, 2013 - 4:05 am)

    This is a great idea! Like a few people were saying, I get my paycheck every other week. I was wondering if anyone has created a modification at all that might be helpful, because once we get to the later weeks it might be difficult to pull $60-100 out of each check. 🙁 We don’t want to have to cut our challenge short once we get to week 30.


    (May 14, 2013 - 2:41 am)

    The 52 Week Money Challenge-you game?- via @stuckathomemom.such agreat idea,notonly for moms but for everyone to try


    (May 14, 2013 - 9:16 am)

    I think I’m going to try this…


    (May 15, 2013 - 8:16 am)

    Where do I get the print out from?

    [admin: click the image of the chart and it should popup and you can copy and paste it to your hard drive for printing.]

    Ludovic Elens

    (May 17, 2013 - 7:10 am)

    Your idea is ok. But it means that during the last month you spare almost 200$ and the first month just 10$.


    (May 17, 2013 - 12:23 pm)

    This seems like a good idea, but I wouldn’t do it quite as posted. If I did, and I started in January, it would mean the month of December I would have to set aside $49, $50, $51 and $52. I don’t know about you, but I never have $200 to spare in December! Instead, I wrote the numbers 1 through 52 on a piece of paper for my jar. Each week, I would “deposit” as much as I could, and cross off that number from my list. So, if I could save $52 the week of April 4, I would do it. If some weeks I could only manage $2 or $1, that’s what I would “deposit”, and still feel good about keeping up with my committment.

    Sabrina Abney

    (May 17, 2013 - 2:02 pm)

    I am trying to find the 52 week money challenge printout can you please email it to me thank you.


    (May 17, 2013 - 3:39 pm)

    This is a good idea and all, but I wouldn’t be motivated to just up the dollar amount for no reason. I would put a different amount each time and then write one thing I could buy with my total savings at the time. Something to tell me that its worth it.

    Ginger Snapps

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    Emily Clarke Whitney

    (May 18, 2013 - 8:39 pm)

    Still going!!!

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    Sarah Holloway

    (May 18, 2013 - 8:42 pm)

    I was until I made my vacation plans, now that money is for the kids souvenirs! Good job keeping it going!

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    Chrissi Colquitt

    (May 18, 2013 - 9:27 pm)

    I started it yesterday 🙂


    (May 22, 2013 - 7:50 am)

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    (May 24, 2013 - 2:32 am)

    Hello I have copyied your idear with the 52 weeks challenge to my blog ( In danish ) and have others to save money with me too. Its a great way to save up to something nice we want. In a year its giving a fine sum of money to spend on something nice. Så thanks for the challenge.

    Best Regards


    (May 24, 2013 - 6:36 pm)

    Good idea in theory but in practice do you really expect to have $52 right after Christmas?


    (May 25, 2013 - 1:40 pm)

    I have to try this! That great for motivation and you can see the cash start to build. : )

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    (May 31, 2013 - 11:44 pm)

    I heard one on The radio. I started it on April 15th. Do not spend any $5 bills you get. Save every one! Some times I put one in and once I had 5 to put in! Its easy fun, challenging, and exciting when you get a $5 bill back in change! I have half a cookie jar so far!

    Jasmine Drott

    (June 4, 2013 - 10:47 pm)

    I saw this on pinterest. I think it would be awesome to save up some money.


    (June 5, 2013 - 10:01 pm)

    I like this idea! Right now what I am doing is when I buy something I throw the change into the bottom of my purse. By the end of the week I take out all the change ( it gets pretty heavy by then lol ) and put it in a jar! By the end of the year or when ever I will count it. I have had over $500 dollars sometimes. I helps in tough time with extra $ or if I go on a trip! Its always a surprise when counting to see how much in there.

    Bill Hartill

    (June 5, 2013 - 10:22 pm)

    I’m starting today. …


    (June 6, 2013 - 1:39 pm)

    I re-typed mine in a spread sheet using Jennifer’s suggestion of 1,2,3,52,4,5,6,51,7,8,9,50…It works out well. The most expensive month (the last one) ends up being $154. But I just saw this and am starting now in June so it won’t be so much around Christmas anyway. December will work out to $106. 🙂

    Brenda Castro

    (June 9, 2013 - 1:02 pm)

    Good idea!!

    Rebecca Hoey

    (June 9, 2013 - 2:40 pm)

    Can;t hurt!!

    Lori House

    (June 10, 2013 - 2:22 pm)

    I want to try this hope i can do it lol


    (June 15, 2013 - 8:51 am)

    I Just started this a few weeks ago. The prospect of having that much money in a year is exciting. It might not seem like a lot for a year’s savings, but I plan on moving in a little over 2 years so the idea of having 2600$ extra to help is nice. Good luck everyone!


      (June 19, 2013 - 10:53 am)

      Just spend cash (try not to use your debit card) and put ones and fives aside every day. I’ve been doing this for 8 months and have over $900 stashed. You really don’t miss ones and fives.


        (June 24, 2013 - 6:27 pm)

        I have been doing this on my site since Easter , woo hoo!!!


    (June 24, 2013 - 5:37 pm)

    I really like this idea, but might start it in July instead of January. The idea of putting aside over $200 during the month of December, which is already tight due to Christmas, would ensure I would not follow through.


      (June 25, 2013 - 2:04 am)

      I thought the same thing so I am staggerin!

    Racheal Hughey

    (June 24, 2013 - 6:26 pm)

    I wanna do this so much but I cant find the sheet to print out can you (or someone) tell me how to get it to me or email it to me some how please and thank you

    Christine Sturley

    (June 27, 2013 - 1:06 am)

    I do this now and add in found money. Money from returns to stores, extra change found in the laundry. That kind of found money. It sure adds up.


    (June 27, 2013 - 9:27 pm)

    if you started at 52 and alternating 52, 1, 51, 2, 50, 3, 49, 4, 48, 5, 47… it would equal out to be 106 every fourth week. that seems pretty reasonable.


      (July 2, 2013 - 11:43 am)

      That’s kind of how I do it, but sometimes I just put in what I have avail.


    (June 29, 2013 - 2:17 pm)

    This would be a good idea if you need a visual of how much money you are saving to remind yourself to save. A better idea would be to use Monopoly money or handwritten notes and do a simple electronic transfer from your checking account to your savings account each week. You could even have a special savings account just for this challenge. That way all that money will be earning you interest while you save instead of just sitting there in a jar. Granted, it will not be a ton of interest (especially in this economy) but since the idea of this challenge is to prove how a little addition each week can add up to a lot… the little bit of interest accumulated would add up too. You could, in theory, earn an extra $40+ even with a low APR. Just a thought.

    [Admin: Right, but that would be boring. The point is it’s fun!]

    Ryan Eaarheart

    (June 30, 2013 - 6:55 am)

    Please print

    [ADMIN: Yes, you can print the download]

      Nancy Burk

      (July 5, 2013 - 8:54 am)

      I’m going to do this as well! A few months behind, but better late than never! Excited to get started!


    (July 11, 2013 - 8:01 am)

    Put in $27 each week and you’ll have more than $1400 in 52 weeks.


    (July 16, 2013 - 2:48 pm)

    Has anyone tried doing it as a 52 DAY challenge? I think that’s what I want to try. $1378 in less than two months would be nice. My wedding is in 2016. If I continued it as 52 days until then, I’d have a nice little stash!

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    Mike Nye

    (August 29, 2013 - 10:58 am)

    honey we have to do this!!!! WE are doing this!!!!!

    Terrwyn Murray

    (September 5, 2013 - 2:52 pm)

    I only just found this post, and I love the idea. I have gone ahead and printed the page, but I have also saved it to my computer for reuse – hopefully year to year. I am going to hold on the page I have printed, and put it with a jar we already have so we can start this the first of the new year. I have also read down most of the posts and I like what a few people said about spreading out the larger amounts from the end of the year with the lower amounts from earlier in the year. I am excited about this! We have tried doing the add left over change to the jar at the end of each day, but that does not work for us seince we do not really carry money. Because I am disabled we stopped carrying monsy a few years ago after I was almost mugged, so switched to using just a bank card, and occasionally checks. So we rarely have change to put in a jar. We have even tried the bank accounts that round up your purchases and puts the change into savings. I think this will work better since it requires the commitment from us to go get the money and “pay” the jar like we would a bill. Thank you for this great idea!


    (September 11, 2013 - 9:49 am)

    Just found this! Starting this soon!


    (September 17, 2013 - 2:20 am)

    I plan on doing this! Love the idea.


    (September 23, 2013 - 5:40 pm)

    I am saving monthly. Started in September. I am paid monthly and love the idea…..I need to pay off more debt first. My goal is to be consistent each monthly payday. Also a step in the right direction.


    (December 1, 2013 - 9:30 am)

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I found it through Pinterest and am so excited about it. I only wish I’d found it 20 years ago!


    (December 30, 2013 - 12:09 am)

    At the risk of sounding dumb, I start with 1.00 week one and week two I put in 2.00 and so on? Last week of the year i place in 52.00 and then I have 1378.00?

    [admin: You add $2 on week 2, so you’d have $3. Then on week 3 you add $3, that gives you $6.]

    Jewelyn JuJu Dunn

    (January 3, 2014 - 12:08 pm)

    I am doing the challenge but I put mine in a container that I could not see into, I know that if I see the money I will want to spend it…out of sight out of mind! Thanks for the challenge! I am up for it!

      Jewelyn JuJu Dunn

      (January 3, 2014 - 12:34 pm)

      Someone also suggested that they put the money in a separate banking account, so you won’t have easy access to it, and it will gain interest. Interesting…

    Jennie Marick Gutierrez

    (January 3, 2014 - 5:28 pm)

    I just used your idea… but went backwards! And, since I was decreasing in amount… I kept my lowest weekly contribution to $25. I can’t wait to see the money collecting in the jar!


    (January 6, 2014 - 12:52 pm)

    I did this last year and presented my husband with $1300 in his stocking!!! He couldn’t believe it – we are using the money to go on a trip to Florida later this month – But $200 of it I put in to my emergency fund I am now doing this again this year


    (March 29, 2014 - 12:24 pm)

    Hi! I’ve just finished the first year of 52 weeks challenge! the last weeks was really hard but… I have to go ahead! today I will restart a new challenge! 🙂


    (February 4, 2015 - 3:42 pm)

    I’ve been doing this with you for a couple years now – this will be my 3rd year doing this. It’s great fun and my husband has joined me in it this year! He was so impressed – last year I paid for 2 trips (vacations) for us with this jar of money! We are getting ready to head to Charleston for a short vacation with what I have left from last years jar of money and we already have this years going.
    I started a new thing last year where every time we had an extra $5 now and then, I would throw that in the jar – we had over $1600 in the jar at the end of the year! We went to Colorado to see our boys for one week and now preparing for our Civil War tour in Charleston!
    Thanks so much for sharing this and for your updates – we are truly enjoying this idea!

    JoyMarie Franklin

    (October 8, 2015 - 11:16 pm)

    Dee, I am having a hard time with the download. I don’t have a program to open a zip file. Can you just send me a pdf? Thank you, JoyMarie


      (October 11, 2015 - 10:42 am)

      I can’t email it, the file is to large. It needs to be downloaded to a computer, it’s to large to download to most phones. The image is 300ppi.

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