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1p Challenge – save over £660 in 2022

If your bank account is looking a bit sorry for itself, the 1p Saving Challenge might just be the fun money-saving hack you need.

putting a penny in a piggy bank and a bag of money

While we all want to save money, it can sometimes feel easier said than done. However, we know of one particular way that's super easy to do: the 1p Challenge (or Penny Saving Challenge).

This is a great way to build up your savings in a way that doesn't require many (if any) drastic changes to your lifestyle. And, in 2022, you can save almost £670 by doing the challenge.

Our guide includes top tips on how to do the challenge, free resources to help you keep track of your saving and some extra advice to help you save as much as possible this year.

Are you doing the 1p Money Saving Challenge as a New Year's resolution? Check out our other top resolutions to save money.

The 1p Saving Challenge

Brace yourself, as we're about to reveal one of the easiest savings tips we think we’ve ever come across.

It's called the 1p Saving Challenge. That's right – a savings challenge that only involves pennies. It really does exist. But how does it work?

Well, you save a penny on the first day of the year. On the second day, you put in 2p, on the third, 3p, and so on.

Do this for the entire year, and by the 365th day (31st December, if you start on 1st January), you'll still only be putting £3.65 away.

And what's the best part of this? By the end of the year, you'll have saved almost £700. In a normal year, your total will be £667.95, but in a leap year, it's even more – £671.61, to be precise.

1p Challenge chart 2022

To keep track of your savings while doing the 1p Challenge, you can use our handy printable chart and tick off each day you've done.

Feel free to either print out the resource to stick up on your wall/noticeboard/wherever you fancy, or download it on Excel and use it digitally.

Free resource »


Variations of the 1p Savings Challenge

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Part of what makes the 1p Challenge so simple is just how flexible it is. If you don't want to be putting so much money away in the run-up to Christmas, you could reverse things by putting £3.65 away on day one, then decreasing the amount by a penny each day.

Or, you could start the 1p Challenge at a different time of the year, rather than 1st January. Whenever in the year you're reading this, you can do it for 365 days from today – and our 1p Challenge chart makes it super easy.

It's simply a case of finding what works for you. But we're fairly confident that, however you choose to do it, you'll feel pretty happy when you're basking in your effortlessly gained savings one year on.

Another simple, easy and effective way to save money, is to put away money less often, but in bigger amounts. If you join the 52-Week Saving Challenge, you save £1 in week one and increase the amount by a pound every week (£2 in week 2, £3 in week 3 and so on). In the final week of the year, you'd put away £52, with your savings for the year totalling £1,378.

Over a year, it'll save you over twice as much money as the 1p Challenge, but of course, that means sacrificing more money along the way too.

For that reason, it's worth looking at how the costs break down before committing. The first few weeks should be fine, but by December you'll need to save £49, £50, £51, and £52 – that's £202 in a single month. This might seem a bit much, especially when it's Christmas.

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How to save more money

While doing the 1p Savings Challenge, you can save even more money within the year by also using automatic savings bots.

These apps work by monitoring your incomings and outgoings, and then every week or so they work out an affordable amount to save on your behalf (which you can cancel if you can't spare the money).

One of our personal favourites of these bots is Plum, which even allows you to set up an automatic 52-Week Saving Challenge within the app. Chip is another automatic saving bot we like, so make sure to check them out.

But if you prefer to go old-school with your finances, you could go for the more traditional route of savings accounts. High-interest savings accounts enable you to earn extra cash without putting in any extra effort.

While interest rates aren't exactly brilliant right now, there is a possibility of earning 2% on your savings – a pretty good reason not to keep your cash under the bed! What's more, you don't even need to deposit a fortune to open an account, with some only requiring £1.

Easy ways to save money every day

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Like with the 1p Saving Challenge, there are plenty of little things you can do each day that will help you save money as a student.

Best ways to save money daily

  1. Don't buy coffee when you're out – make coffee at home for a fraction of the price and use a reusable coffee cup
  2. Start meal prepping – check out our affordable meal plan if you're stuck for ideas
  3. Use cashback sites whenever possible
  4. Cut out gym costs and try cheaper ways to exercise
  5. Avoid expensive lunches and try these homemade sandwiches instead
  6. Find out if the TV Licence loophole applies to you – you may be able to legally watch iPlayer without paying for a licence
  7. Try the supermarket downshift
  8. Haggle to get the best prices
  9. Stock up on freebies
  10. Keep up to date with the latest deals.

So next time a well-meaning adult suggests you're spending too much money, you can prove them wrong by showing them how much you're saving.

Check out our list of the best student bank accounts to give yourself the best chance of financial success.


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