52 Week Saving Plan

Save Some MoneyI know the holidays have just come to an end and you probably just put away your decorations.

However, it is never too early to think about next Christmas and start saving early.

I saw an image posted on Facebook the other day and it made perfect sense to me to use something like it to save for next holiday season.

The premise is simple, you save a little bit each week and at the end of the year you will have over $1,000 ($1,378.00 to be exact) to spend frivolously on your loved ones!

No pain involved… 

Well maybe a little pain depending on how stretched your budget is.

It starts out simple, put $1.00 away the first week and then on the following weeks you would put away one extra dollar from the week before.

It goes basically like this:


I am sure you get the idea and if you look at it, it doesn’t seem so bad. Well not until you get to the end of the year and you are scraping $52.00 for the last week. :)

To save the money you can just make an envelope and put your money in it weekly if you a disciplined enough not to touch it. Or you could put it in a separate bank account or your savings account.

I have an ING Direct account and they allow you to setup multiple savings accounts, so I set one up just for this.

It is not super simple to get your money out so you will have less of a chance to dip into your holiday fund. You have to transfer the funds to your primary checking account and wait for the transfer, not as simple as an atm card or opening the envelope in your dresser drawer.

Whatever way you choose to save start now as we have already passed the first week and are rolling on the second.

You can download either a PDF version or an Excel Spreadsheet version of the full chart pictured above. The Excel version is fully customizable in case you want to change anything.

PDF Version

Excel Version


I have my $3.00 saved already, how about you?

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Happy Birthday my dear Alicia

First Day of 1st Grade

Today is a very special day, not only because it is your birthday but because it is the day I first saw a true angel.

It seems like it was only yesterday that you came into my life. A precious little bundle of joy. I was even scared to hold you at first.

But now look at you! You have grown into a beautiful young woman who makes me proud daily to call you my Daughter.

I know life is not easy at times and we have gone through our struggles, but we have made it through them all and came out stronger than ever.

My dear Daughter, I am here for you today and always! I will stand by your side through good and bad times. When you need a friend, you can count on me to be the one true friend that will always be there for you.

Many people may come in and out of your life, but YOUR Daddy will be there forever…

I love you my sweet princess.

Happy Birthday!

First Day of 1st Grade
First Day of 1st Grade
First Day of 10th Grade
First Day of 10th Grade

R.I.P. my dear Aunt Julie.

Today was a very sad day for myself and my family. We laid to rest our dear Aunt Julie who lived a great life all the way through to 99 years. She was a very strong and beautiful woman who left her mark on everyone that came in contact with her.

Aunt Julie you will be missed dearly… We all love you… May you rest in peace…

Safely Home

I am home in heaven, dear ones;
Oh so happy and so bright!
There is perfect joy and beauty
In this everlasting light.

All the pain and grief is over,
Every restless tossing passed;
I am now at peace forever,
Safely home in heaven at last.

Did you wonder how I so calmly
Trod the valley of the shade?
Oh, but Jesus’ love illumined
Every dark and fearful glade.

And he came himself to meet me
In that way so hard to tread;
And with Jesus’ arm to lean on,
Could I have one doubt or dread?

Then you must not grieve so sorely,
For I love you dearly still;
Try to look beyond earth’s shadows,
Pray to trust our Father’s will.

There is work still waiting for you,
So you must not idly stand;
Do it now, while life remains,
You shall rest in Jesus’ land.

When that work is all completed,
He will gently call you home;
Oh, the rapture of that meeting,
Oh, the joy to see you come!

R.I.P. “Sky Girl”

Michael & Sky – She really was his dog… She loved him the most out of all of us…

He even took her swimming with him in the pool…

Sky you will be missed…

We all love you very much and will miss you dearly…

“The Rainbow Bridge”

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….

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