LIFESTYLE // X EQ BANK // HOW TO: BE A MASTER MONEY SAVER
**This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of EQ Bank. However, as always, all opinions are my own.
Remember how I’ve been saying planning a wedding is super expensive?? Well Trav and I have decided to start saving up for a house too… Yes. It’s going to be an expensive year!!
So obviously I’ve been researching different ways to be a better saver. I’ve been trying out a couple things and let me tell you - it definitely takes some getting used to.
Through EQ Bank’s latest poll, I learned that I’m not alone in my savings goals. In fact, 64 per cent of Canadians aim to save at least $10,000 over the next five years.
To kick off my savings and help you with yours, I have partnered with EQ Bank to challenge you to save $100 to invest in a GIC.
The benefit of EQ Bank’s new GIC is the fact that it offers guaranteed growth! You heard me right! With as little as $100, you can earn 2.76% interest on a 1-year term and 3.50% interest on a 5-year term.
Keep reading and you can see how changing ONE THING in your life can save you $100, just like that!
My NEW favourite ways to save money:
Skip your mani/pedi
- I’ve been doing this for a while and have saved like $70 every 2 weeks
- I just invested in a proper manicure/pedicure kit so I can do it at home
- It also makes it so much easier for me to fix my nails whenever I want as opposed to being confined to the schedule of the nail salon
Be your own barista
- COFFEE is probably one of my biggest expenses
- For this post I looked at my coffee order history and the cheapest coffee I order is usually an Americano, which is about $3.50
- So even if I only order 1 coffee / day (but realistically I get 2!!) I spend close to $25 / week! so that’s $100 / month
- Even typing this out is making me sad thinking about all the money I’ve wasted :(
- Anyways, I started using my French Press + Chemex at home. Honestly, it took me some time to get used to. I have to wake up a good 20 minutes earlier everyday to boil water, grind my coffee, and set up the filter/coffee maker, but it’s worth saving $100 EVERY MONTH! And the more I do it, the more efficient I get … I think I can do it in 15 minutes - I’ll let you know :p
Pack your own snacks/lunch
- As many of you know, I live a very on-the-go lifestyle. I spend most of my time on the road and am in a new spot every couple hours (if not every hour) so eating regular meals is a challenge for me
- For a long time, I settled for picking up breakfast in a drive-through or on a mobile pick-up service, grabbing lunch in a to-go box, until I finally got home later at night + ate leftovers from whatever Trav had made for dinner that night. Seriously, it isn’t a healthy way to live, I know
- So in my quest to save more money, of course cutting down on buying food outside was going to be a huge help! The only thing was to make time to meal prep
- Even though I studied/practiced nutrition, meal prep was always my weakness. I could organize meal plans and grocery lists for clients in my sleep, but when it came time for me to do it for myself - I always fell short
- Recently, I’ve started to work on that. I went and got a whole bunch of mason jars to fill with on-the-go snacks that I can keep in my car, and some less easily perishable lunches that I can keep in a cooler in my trunk. Treating my car as its own little food bank basically! It’s been super helpful in saving because I was spending almost $20/ day on food… I remember thinking about why I wasn’t saving more every month and it was basically spent on food!! It’s insane how much money I lost
- Anyway, let’s say I’m buying a full day’s worth of food 3 days a week… that’s $240 saved a month!
If I continue these habits every month I can save an extra $480/ month ($140 mani/pedi + $100 coffee + $240 food).
*To be honest, I’m a little ashamed/embarrassed that I’ve been spending SO MUCH money on things I didn’t have to be spending it on.*
All that money could have gone into GICs to earn interest so Trav + I have more money to spend on our wedding and house. Well I guess better late than never right?
PLUS, with all the driving I do, the last thing I want is to have to make a trip to another bank branch. So thankfully, EQ Bank, being a branchless bank, offers the ease and flexibility to purchase GICs online! Music to my ears!!
Check it out for yourself too to be a master saver like me!!
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