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52 Week Money Saving Challenge (FREE PRINTABLE)


At the end of last year whilst thinking of my new year resolutions I decided to start saving money using a money tin which can't be opened unless you open it with a tin opener. I wanted to find a way to keep track of how much money I had managed to save across the year and remembered I had seen a money saving challenge on a Facebook group a couple of years ago however it was in dollars rather than pounds and I wasn't keen on the layout so I decided to create my own which I am sharing with you today.

I've never been the best saver however now being a single parent I want to save as much as possible especially for next Christmas to give the kids the best Christmas, I also want to start saving for a new car, a family holiday and hopefully a mortgage one day so I am starting the challenge again at the beginning of next month and I'm hoping that I will actually stick to it this time.


Ideally the challenge is meant to see you save £1378 across the period of the year if you start at £1 the first week and increase it by a pound each week, however I know this won't be possible for all budgets so you could do it however you like really which is why I have also designed some other spreadsheets for different budgets and one so you can create your own. Some people start with the larger sums first leaving them with the lower ones to save at the end of the year when money is tighter. If that still doesn't work for you how about saving £20, £10, £5 or even just a £1 a week. I think I'll be saving £25 a week which works out to be £1300 a year so will be easier than having to save the bigger sums at the end of the year. I may even increase it to £50 instead which will see me save £2600!


Feel free to download the blank spreadsheet and insert your own saving goals or you can just download the 52 week money saving challenge and mark it off each week. I would recommend buying one of those money saving tins which you have to open with a tin opener though as they definitely help me save as I don't want to open them. I have a large print out of this at my desk but I also have re-sized it to fit into my planner so I can easily keep track of my savings. I can't wait to get saving this year and actually stick to it! I'm even tempted to do a couple of the tins with different amounts for example a Christmas fund with £20 a week, a holiday spending money fund with £10 a week and another one using the 52 week money saving challenge to save £1378 over the year. 

This is also a great way of getting your children to save up for something if they're wanting to save up for a bike or xbox for example. Teach them the meaning of saving for something, by saving their pocket money or birthday money using the sheet from the challenge.

52 week money saving challenge - save £1300 in 2016

52 week money saving challenge Save £1378 - Download here
Save £520 (£10 a week) - Download here
Save £1040 (£20 a week) - Download here
52 week money saving challenge Blank Spreadsheet - Download here

Print out the printable and keep it somewhere safe, this could be next to your money tin, on the fridge door, or even in your purse. 

Is your New Years resolution to save money? Let me know if you'll be taking part. Do you know someone who you think would like to take part in this challenge share it with them! It's a great way to keep each other motivated.

Looking for a money tin to get you started? Here are a few of my own personal recommendations.

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29 comments

  1. Every year I try to save money but never seem to find the right way to it as there always seems to be something I have to use the money for! This time I'm planning on putting a note of my savings in my diary savings as much as I can so I can use it to redecorate son's room and own bedroom. Where's your diary from it looks lovely and clear to read.

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  2. I have £30 a month taken off of my wage through the work credit union, not a lot but generally pays for any emergencies for the car ( like the battery 10 days before Christmas). I usually save £5 -£10 a month in stamps for a supermarket, that pays for Christmas dinner. Wish I could afford to save more but time my bills and petrol are paid there is barely enough most weeks for food let alone disposable income. Have tpo say for the last few years I have been quite lucky and won M&S vouchers and John Lewis Vouchers that are saved for January to buy food as work pays us early in December and we have 6 weeks to wait for the next payday

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  3. I always 'try' to save but I live on a very tight budget which is pretty much hand to mouth. I might try the sealed can idea though!

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  4. Love this idea Kerry! I am definitely going to be trying to save more in 2016.

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  5. Great idea Kerry! I will have to try it! x

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  6. This is a brilliant idea, but at the end of each month stick it in a high interest account so it helps make some money rather than being in a money box!

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  7. I was literally just thinking about saving money this year as we have another little bundle due in February and have nearly nothing in our savings accounts. I'm hoping for a raise at work in a few months, but I know I can't rely on that completely. I haven't decided how yet, but I will be taking part in the savings challenge in some aspect!

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  8. I keep debating whether to do this but I think I may go for the blank spreadsheet and work out how much I can save per week

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  9. These are brilliant, what an amazing way to save. I have no idea where we'll be financially in 12 months as my husband had an accident and I don't know when he'll be able to work again. But when we do get ourselves sorted I'll certainly be doing something like this, thanks for sharing. Happy New Year.x

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  10. These are brilliant, what an amazing way to save. I have no idea where we'll be financially in 12 months as my husband had an accident and I don't know when he'll be able to work again. But when we do get ourselves sorted I'll certainly be doing something like this, thanks for sharing. Happy New Year.x

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  11. This is brilliant, thanks! I'm also determined to do some saving this year and I very much like the idea of keeping account of it, it might motivate me to keep going.

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  12. I saw you share this on twitter the other day and thought it was such a good idea! Thinking of doing it myself just to have some savings i know i can't touch as i'm a bugger for taking £10 out of them here and there! Happy new year :) x

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  13. This is such a great idea Kerry — I am utterly RUBBISH at saving money. I try really hard and then end up getting sidetracked by lovely clothes for the twins — or stationery*!!

    *That's the worst thing — show me some lovely notebooks and I'm already at the till with my credit card out!!

    In 2016 I'm going to TRY REALLY HARD to save!! The thought of having £1378 by the end of the year is really appealing indeed!! :) Happy new year to you and your family! xx

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  14. this is fab, thanks for sharing. i need to get more organised with my money!

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  15. I love this idea! We are starting this tomorrow. I've decided that we will put as much as we can afford in each week then tick off the corresponding amount. The 'weeks' won't be in the right order but as long as we save, it doesn't matter. We already have the tin on stand by!

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  16. This is a really great way to save money. Such a good ideal and the printable is a fab way of keeping track x

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  17. This is brilliant. Hubby and I are also starting to save for a house deposit this year. We always say we'll save and never really do so I am determined that at the end of 2016 we'll have some savings. I'm thinking of getting one of the money boxes you have to smash and making it a really pretty one. Hopefully that way I won't want to smash it and can save my millions! Xx

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  18. This is such a great idea. I already have one of the sealed tins on the go for our holiday this coming April. I have just printed off the 52 week challenge as I am going to try this as well. Just need to find a nice new shiny tin now. Thanks for sharing xx

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  19. I've seen a few pages do similar over the past few years and I've never really thought about doing it - if I want something I tend to just buy it... Oops. It is good if there is something specific people need to save for however if they may usually struggle xx

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  20. I am going to try harder this year to save more money, we couldn't do the one with it increasing as the weeks go on as that is near £200 a month near the end! However thank you for the spreadsheets, they are very useful.

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  21. I saw this idea a couple of years back but shamefully didn't stick with it, will definitely be doing it this year though. I think the other way to make it feesable is to not do the money ascending but pick and choose the amount each week as to how much you can afford :) great post lovely.

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  22. I am so glad I came across this Kerry! I am going to print it off today and stick it in my diary. I really want to save this year as last year that didn't quite happen as we spent all our savings on doings bits around the house. This is such a great idea. Thank you for sharing, and for the inspiration to save!! xx

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  25. This is such a good idea! I just have a standing order set up each month to my savings account, I do need to think about increasing the amount, though :)

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  26. Thanks for greats idea! I tried to save money but it didn't work out. I thinks I will try your way. Thanks for sharing and caring.

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  27. Thanks for the idea. It is a nice, fresh start for my failed saving attempts. I should really get down to business this time.

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  28. This is such a good idea! Saving money is always a big problem to me. I tried to save money so many times but failed as it's difficult for me to live with tight budget. I need to get more organized with my money!

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Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment. I love reading them all and will try my best to answer all of your questions. If you would like to contact me for a quicker response please feel free to tweet me at (@ohsoamelia_blog) or email me. Kerry