Do you remember this viral video from a few years back? Most mornings I really wish I had as much confidence and joy as little Jessica here. I wish I could just wake up, recite a grand pump-up speech, and be ready to start the day with as much spunk as a precocious four-year-old.
However, whether it’s the sound of the alarm clock, the 15+ URGENT emails in your browser, or the increasingly-crowded wall calendar: life can easily get bogged down with little details and tasks that tend to suck the fun out of your day.
I’m sorry, but my life is too short and there are way too many good things going on for me to get trapped in a cycle of self-pity and frustration! I just refuse to let that happen. I’m going to look for the good, count the blessings I have, and rejoice in my smallest triumphs throughout the day.
And my financial story should be no different: Why should banking be so boring? Why should money be a source of shame and frustration?
Your Money, Your Problem?
We at ImpulseSave have been asking around and found that far too many people just don’t like to talk about money. For whatever reason, we think that it’s some private struggle that we have to try to fight on our own. The feeling seems to be, "It's my money, it's my problem; it's private!"
At ImpulseSave, we don’t really think that should be the case. Of course, you should keep your finances secure and you shouldn’t share every detail (“By the way, my social security number is.... oh, nevermind.”) However, we believe that as a community built on encouragement - and even a little healthy competition - we can make saving money a little more fun and not nearly as lonely.
Saving Money Should Be a Social Occasion
Since I started my #aprilsavings goal, every day I know that I have to meet my daily savings goal because there are people out there watching, and helping me remember to keep going forward.
I love logging onto ImpulseSave and seeing the many comments and likes on saves that I and others have made. We remind each other of creative ways to save money, new goals we should set up, and to keep going even though sometimes it can feel like there’s not enough to go around.
We refuse to let that get in the way. We believe that for most people, there really is enough (not unlike our friend Shawanda at You Have More Than You Think).
Saving Happens a Little at a Time
Baby steps to your goals. What’s $5 a week, really? Well it used to be the few dollars you let fly through your hands and into the register. Now it is real money, counting towards real goals you care about. With ImpulseSave, $5 a week can become your summer vacation, your retirement fund, or your new computer. The little stuff really adds up, and over time it can become great things!
So there it is: a little encouragement and a little more about what we do. We LOVE saving money; but even more, we love helping people realize what they accomplish. We are a community of savers, just like you, helping each other swim to the other side.