This week, my Pagan savings challenge reflection goes all Hellenic, for today I celebrate Noumenia, the first of the month. (Specifically, it's the first of Elaphebolion, 698th Olympiad, but I wouldn't have known that without checking.) It's a time to honor all the gods of the household, and good for fresh starts in my experience.
Have you stumbled in your savings? This happens, and it's okay. It's time for a restart. What that means is your choice, but here are some suggestions:
- Track your spending. Are there sacrifices you can make there so that the money is available for saving?
- Reevaluate. Are your goals too ambitious? I think starting with as little as a penny is appropriate, depending on your income flow. Be honest, and track your spending before you make that determination. (And if you think you are not saving enough, feel free to bump it up!)
- Catch up. If you have missed a week or more, particularly if you're saving more each week like I am, it's probably not too late to add what's been missed to the pot.
- Remind. If you're having trouble remembering the weekly savings, try harder. Write it in your calendar. Put a reminder on your phone. Subscribe to my posts so I can nudge you (also available via email, but you'll need to click the link above yourself for that).
For me, the new beginning is a bit pedestrian: I've run out of singles, so this is the first week for which my savings is not entirely in dollar bills, despite my fondness for George. I still like the idea of the volume of bills growing faster and faster as the year progresses, though....