With another birthday here, I should probably reflect on what I've learned in the last year or something, right?

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I have no interest in being all philosophical, but I will tell you one thing this challenge has taught me. Even on special occasions, keep saving.

I could easily use the money I've saved up thus far to buy something lavish for myself and celebrate another trip around the sun. Instead, I'm staying focused on my goal!

Week 9 of the 52-Week Money Challenge means $44 into your savings this week, bringing our total to $432!

Don't let birthdays, anniversaries, trips, or other potential distractions keep you from saving. You'll appreciate it at year's end!

Money challenged reversed
Laurie Cataldo, Townsquare Media
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