A little while before going MIA I posted the good news that a relative of mine was getting married. The wedding is happening in Jamaica at a really nice all inclusive hotel. However, I also stated that it was all a bit pricey and I embarked on my condensed 52 week money challenge.
I turned it into my 52 day challenge. It was a little ambitious of me to do so but I have been making every effort to save every thing I can.
I probably won’t be going to Jamaica anymore since I got accepted to Grad School and my focus has shifted to making that happen. But that hasn’t stopped me from saving every dollar and spare coin I come across.
As of this post I have saved $545. It’s pretty good progress I think.
Earlier this week we received an invitation to my younger cousin’s wedding in…(yep, you guessed it) Jamaica. The wedding is in October. Even though I’ve been to Jamaica before I would love to go back; not only to see my cousin get married but to experience the place as an adult. The last time I went I was on a school trip for our 4H club.
The wedding is going to be at the Jewel Runaway Beach and Golf Resort. The hotel is all inclusive, of course and tad bit expensive (at least for me) given that the rates are in US dollars and an exchange rate of about $2.70 Eastern Carribean Dollars (the currency used here in Antigua & Barbuda) to $1 US. So we would be paying almost three times what he and his family would be paying for the same trip.
For the past few days I’ve been trying to figure out how I could save enough to make the trip in the short space of time…because I really want to go. Really!
My options include:
- sticking to Ramen noodles for the next few months (FYI: I hate noodles.)
- robbing a bank (Uh, no!)
- getting a loan (which I would rather not do)
Then I remembered the 52 week money challenge, one of my Pinterest finds. If you Google it you will get a bunch of sites that explain what to do, which isn’t exactly rocket science anyway. The essence of it is basically you save increasing amounts of money every week for the 52 weeks. So week one you would save $1. Then week two, $2 and so on. At the end you should have saved $1378.00.
But then the wedding is in about 5 months. The challenge is 52 weeks. So I asked myself how could I make it work? And self screamed, condense it!
Call me crazy but for the next 52 days I am going to attempt to save $1378.00. In the past I haven’t done particularly well with condensed timelines, my Camp Nano attempts (here) should be proof of that but I’m going to try it anyway. The amount would only cover part of the trip’s cost but everything counts.
So my 52 day money challenge will run me from June 6th to July 28th. At the end of the month, which is roughly the half way point, I’ll update my progress.
Wish me luck!