Step Four to Abundance: Make Saving Fun

(credit: Ken Teegardin via Flickr)

(credit: Ken Teegardin via Flickr)

Take another five or ten dollars out of your wallet and add it to the money already in your safe place.

Where are you going to get this money? I’ve got a few ideas for you.

One of the most important things you can do on the road to abundance is learn to make saving fun. Make it a game–maybe the most important game you can play if you want to live an abundance life.

Here are a few thoughts on places—some of them fun to implement and all of them a potentially rewarding endeavor—where you can get that five or ten dollars to sock away:

  1. DO NOT buy any new clothes for a month but do return anything you’ve bought, but haven’t worn, for a refund.
  2. Never watch or spend money on a product from an infomerical or TV shopping channel! They’re made to entice and rarely live up to their marketing.
  3. Go through your DVDs or books or knickknacks or whatever and see if there’s anything worth selling on Ebay or at a yard sale or on Craigslist.
  4. Create five recipes that cost less to make than processed foods.
  5. Eat less meat. It’s good for your wallet, the environment, and your health.
  6. Learn how to do your own maintenance—mow your own yard, clean your own house, wash your own car, and do your own home repairs, etc.
  7. Become more natural—stop coloring your hair, getting your nails manicured, etc.
  8. Walk, run, bike for fun. Make your entertainment cheap and healthy.
  9. NEVER NEVER NEVER gamble.
  10. Spend an hour a day in silence – not just when you’re asleep, but when you’re awake. Abundance is often found in silence.

Let’s take a closer look at that Ebay/yard/Craigslist sale idea.

Yards sales are not only profitable, but can create community. When I moved into my new neighborhood, I immediately had yard sales two weekends in a row. Not only did I make some $800 over those two weekends, but I also met my neighbors, learned the history of the area, and had lots of fun.

But, yard sales, like everything, take planning and work to be successful. Since my yard sale was the end of a move, things were already organized, since I had done lots of work for the move. I gathered tables and made signs, found people to help me, created a plan for staggering items into the sale, and so on.

There are lots of blogs out there telling us how to run a successful yard sale, so I’m not going to talk about that here, but will suggest you check those sites out and do the work necessary to optimize your yard sale.

Once the yard sale is over and you’ve made lots of money, here’s the next step: Save the money you make from these ventures.

Have the sale, then save the money. Once you do this, you’ll find that your cash savings is mounting up.

DO NOT spend any of this money on anything—no matter how important you think that thing might be. Think of it as non-money. Think of it as the beginning of your future, a step towards abundance.

If you’ve been adding to your savings stash on a regular basis, then you know how hard it is to save. DO NOT blow that hard work in one impulse purchase or expenditure.

We’ll talk about what we’re going to do with the money in a later blog entry.

For now, keep it safe, and keep it growing. DO NOT even take five dollars out of the stash.

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About Liz Stauffer

Liz Morningstar Stauffer’s improbable journey—from a divorced mother of two at the age of 34 to a millionaire some 15 years later—has inspired her to create the blog “The Improbable Millionaire," offering tips, advice, stories and support for people on a similar journey—even if they don’t know it yet!

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