Bank It or Plank It: Financial Bingo

Posted by MarianneGoettig @marianneg316, Oct 4, 2018

FIND YOUR LOST TREASURE: OCTOBER 15 – NOVEMBER 18, 2018

Year after year, financial concerns are one of the leading causes of stress in America. It’s time to break the trend and discover your very own lost treasure.

During this 5-week challenge, you will be the captain of your own ship. Before you raise anchor and set sail, start your adventure by defining an achievable goal. Set your course for success by getting bingo as many times as possible.

Challenge yourself further and swab the deck by getting a blackout bingo card by the end of the adventure! Explore the resources to increase your financial knowledge and discover small ways to reduce spending, save more, pay off debt and sail closer to financial security.

Before you know it, the “lost” treasure will be yours! Register Today! http://newsletter.carehubs.com/h/j/D69C1EE8BC958B6A

I am looking forward to this challenge! I hope to hear ideas on how participants make small changes to reduce spending. Does anyone have an example of something that has worked well for them in the past?

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@gretlcain

I am looking forward to this challenge! I hope to hear ideas on how participants make small changes to reduce spending. Does anyone have an example of something that has worked well for them in the past?

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I just joined and can't wait either. Sounds fun and educational!

I make it a habit not to carry cash because then I don't impulse buy. I.e., I have to stay away from the vending machines, trinket places, etc. There are risks with not having cash, but I find it helps me to have this habit way more than it hurts me. 🙂

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@gretlcain

I am looking forward to this challenge! I hope to hear ideas on how participants make small changes to reduce spending. Does anyone have an example of something that has worked well for them in the past?

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We use cash instead of cc; we have a budget for groceries, gas & parking. So I normally withdraw the money we need to use bi-weekly and only spend cash. We also put aside an amount that goes into the savings account every two weeks. If we have any additional or unexpected spending then we look at what we can cut to cover the additional costs. most of the time we get left over money and we take that and put it in a savings account as well. We each get a $60 stipend to buy lunch or coffee every two weeks:)

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One of the best things we did when I started at Mayo is joining the Mayo Credit Union. We use and abuse the subaccounts. I am sure they cringe every time we come in and want to add yet another one. 🙂

Each pay period, we set aside 25 into one subaccount, 50 into another, etc. It is great! This way, we don't have to come up with chunks of money when Insurance payments are due, Property Taxes, etc. We have one for everything, including gift giving. It works very well!

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These are all great ideas! Being able to identify our personal pitfalls and priorities is so important if we are to be successful. Like you, we use sub accounts too so we aren't blindsided by large expenses (taxes, emergency fund) and still set money aside in other accounts for things we value (kids' college funds) and the things we love like family vacations. Knowing the vacation is paid for brings a lot of peace of mind. It took a little bit of time to get to a sustainable point, but it works well and keeps us within budget. We add birthday and holiday money to the vacation account too since it's that important to us.

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Hey all,
As part of the team working on this challenge, I thought I would let you know that I used one of the tips you will see in the challenge while shopping at Scheel's last night. I asked them if they would price match, and they were happy to do it. I saved $34.82 and walked out feeling like a winner. 🙂

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Bank It or Plank It: Financial Bingo Tracking Card now available!

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FINAL 2018 Bingo Card (FINAL-2018-Bingo-Card-1.pdf)

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Plus a Bank It or Plank It: Financial Bingo DIGITAL Tracking Card! Save your challenge progress electronically.

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FINAL DIGITAL 2018 Bingo Card (FINAL-DIGITAL-2018-Bingo-Card.pdf)

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Jokes of the Sea
Q: Why couldn’t the pirate crew play cards?
A: Because the captain was standing on the deck!

Share with us your goals for this challenge! What advice or education do you need to support those goals?

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Answer to joke…. because he was sitting on the deck!!

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@transom

One of the best things we did when I started at Mayo is joining the Mayo Credit Union. We use and abuse the subaccounts. I am sure they cringe every time we come in and want to add yet another one. 🙂

Each pay period, we set aside 25 into one subaccount, 50 into another, etc. It is great! This way, we don't have to come up with chunks of money when Insurance payments are due, Property Taxes, etc. We have one for everything, including gift giving. It works very well!

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Great suggestion! We also do this and have for years. Our very first one was for a vacation fund and perhaps one of the best things we've ever done. I'm sure this has saved us from lots of arguments about money, as well. 🙂

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I am excited to be a part of this challenge since this is one of my goals, to be debt free. One trick is to look for deals on items you would normally pay a lot of money for, but are finding new or like new for less. I do this for gift giving a lot and they feel special, and that you took the time to think of them, and you saved yourself some cash too. I gave a glass picture frame for a friend's wedding last week, that would hold a photo and copy of the invitation.. They said it was one of the nicest gifts they received. We will keep our secret that I got it for $1 at a local thrift shop. If I bought it at a store it would have cost over $35.

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Bank It or Plank It: Week 1 PLAN
Jokes of the Sea 
Q: What lies at the bottom of the ocean and twitches?
A: A nervous wreck!

Share with us your financial priorities and what financial goals do you want to achieve in the next 5 years? 

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Explore Further - Plan (Explore-Further-Plan.pdf)

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Captain's Orders:
As you set sail and chart your course, be sure to define your goals. You can get lost at sea with a goal that is too big or too far out in the future. Keep it simple and attainable. Define your goal in numbers and think within reach. Refer to the SMART Financial Goals handout to help you get started.

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SMART Financial Goals (SMART-Financial-Goals.pdf)

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A Zero-Based Budget is the most help to me. Telling my money where to go instead of wondering where it went. I follow Dave Ramsey's financial fitness plan. 🙂

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