I’m not going to beat around the bush: I’m shocking when it comes to saving money. Deplorable, even.
I’m not one to splurge my hard-earned clams on fancy clothes and I don’t enjoy my weekends galavanting the coast (I spend them on the couch watching Friday Night Lights). Instead, I waste my money on the teeny tiny little stuff – like overpriced Melbourne coffees, the odd Uber fare when I’m too lazy to catch the train, $10 vodka sodas on a night out – you know, the stuff I forget I’m actually paying for.
I’ve never ‘pinched my pennies’, and now more than ever it’s glaringly obvious I need to change that.
Enter Marie Campagna Franklin, the super saving woman who is CHANGING MY WHOLE ENTIRE LIFE with her simple penny pinchin’ trick.
I don't even know how I found Marie's blog, Save Money Fast With Fives, but holy smokes I am I happy I did. Because this lady has truckloads of financial wisdom ($36,000 worth, to be precise) and she is making me feel like I'm some savvy investment banker.
You're itching to know the secret, aren't you? Well, it's your lucky day friend, because it is my pleasure to spread the word of my saviour.
Marie's advice is very simple: Never spend a $5 note. Never. Not again in your life. $5 notes are officially off limits. Instead, you're gonna take that sweet, sweet pink slip of plastic and save it. YOU'RE GONNA SAVE EVERY SINGLE ONE. Put it in a box. Put it under your pillow. IT DOESN'T EVEN MATTER - JUST SAVE IT DAMMIT. And, in 12 years time, you might just find yourself with an extra $36k to your name.
I've been following her sheeny, pinkish, plastic path for a week now, and guess what? I'm $45 richer. It's official. I'm elated. I'm a believer. I'm empowered and totally on the road to "building my nest egg" like Marie is always telling me to.
Being a person who is completely devoid of spirituality, this is the closest I've ever come to feeling like a religious disciple, so forgive me if I sound like a member of a weird cult but you seriously have to join me and do this $5 thing right now.