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Article Teaser: If you're looking for a *practical* reason to save, how about building a Back-to-School Fund? It can help you limit or even avoid using a credit card for back-to-school shopping.

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10 Simple Ways to Create Your First Back-to-School Fund

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As a teenager, I discovered something really cool about my father. 'Pop' had a rule he lived by. And that was to pick one project on which he would focus each weekend.

When the weekend rolled around, Pop knew exactly which project he'd tackle. By deciding ahead, he was mentally prepared -- and had his tools gathered, ready to work. That was his way of 'keeping things caught up,' as he so often says.

And he really did keep things caught up. That's a lot of projects completed -- and doesn't even count what he finished during the week.

So, I got thinking... Why couldn't we take this idea and make it work for us? Like, what day of the week could we each designate as a *save money* day?

If you're looking for a *practical* reason to save, how about building a Back-to-School Fund? It can help you limit or even avoid using a credit card for back-to-school shopping.


Here are some ideas for finding the cash you'll need instead.

1. Deliberately reduce your grocery bill by ten dollars. Write a check for it and mail it in to your savings account.

2. Designate one day each week as a *spend-no-money* day. Tuck away a few dollars for every pitcher of tea you make at home and bring to work with you. How about bringing lemon pieces with you for refreshing iced water throughout the day?

3. Bring lunch to work one day this week. Simply cook a bit extra for dinner the night before to take with you.

4. Target an item you purchase on a regular basis. For example, if you buy greeting cards weekly, buy them in bulk for about fifty cents each instead. (If you can't find nice cards in bulk locally, call Current Inc. at 877-665-4458 for a free catalog.)

5. Challenge yourself to eating out only if you can spend less than five dollars (choose what your limit will be.)


And how about these...

6. Ask for cash back when using coupons -- and tuck away your savings.

7. Replace a dry-cleanable or leather item with an item that requires no special care. (Ask your family and friends to avoid gifting you with dry-cleanable items.)

8. Close your storage units. Sell the items inside (you're not really using them!) You'll save money for every month you no longer pay a storage fee. (Not to mention the extra money from the sale of the stored items.)

9. Replace a name-brand item with a generic. Try one new generic item each week. Many medicines can be purchased in generic form, too. For example, Claritin's active ingredient is the antihistamine, Loratadine. Loratadine can be found at Sam's Club and other places, including eBay (about $14 for one year's supply. Can't beat that!)

10. Look up one phone number or web address to cancel magazines, newspapers, books, etc. if you no longer have time to read them. Don't forget about mail order automatic shipments, like vitamins, which you may no longer want, too. You'll find money to put back in your own pocket.


Regardless of how you actually save more money, be sure to tuck away all money you save. That way, the money sponge in your checkbook won't absorb it.

*Tip* Keep doing what's working for you (even after school starts) -- and you'll have the makings of your Christmas Fund, already in place.

Now, how much money can you tuck away by the time school starts? Challenge yourself, and have some fun with it!


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