Recently I embarked on a savings journey to have my sitting room and working space furnished with beautiful pallet furniture. I have documented it here and Twitter using #AfricaSaves. In my first post,I explained how I am going to be using the four delayed gratification tactics that were stated in the blog.

I tend to spend money on unnecessary things, which can be put on hold until I reach my savings goal. This includes things like shoes when I have more than enough pairs, fancy eat outs when I can cook myself a cheap healthy meal, watching movies in the cinema when I have a Netflix account and a DSTV decoder with PVR viewing.

From now on, no more spending on the unnecessary. I’m going to divert all the money that I spent on the above mentioned things and put it towards that pallet furniture that I desperately want to buy. To do this, I’ve come up with a plan on how to save, and am to use it from tomorrow.

I will adopt the following rules to make sure this goal is reached:

  1. Setting motivating weekly goals
  2. As a once in awhile social media strategist, I am adopting the SMART goals technique that includes;

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Documentation is another way to keep myself on track and not forget why saving is important. This is my action plan and I am enjoying it so far, though as a millennial I am faced with bad spending habits.

Millennialsmake a habit of buying everything that they get their hands on, yet their hearts are interested in buying other things. With saving you have to listen to your heart and wait it out.

I’m going to start saving, and track my progress. Try it with me!

This article is the second in a series of sponsored posts for the BARCLAYS SAVINGS CHALLENGE. I hope the challenge has been as interesting for you as it has been for me. You can follow the discussion on Twitter and Facebook and share your own experience by using the hashtag #AFRICASAVES.

Visit the http://savings.africa.barclays for useful savings tips and calculators.

 

Patricia Kahill

is a Social Media, Content Creator and Marketer at Kahill Insights. A Development Practitioner who has no self talent but is driven by curiosity and passion; in a nutshell she is a Multipotentialite. She believes in God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit which makes her a Christian.

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