Saving money and reducing debt are regular top five New Year resolutions for many people in the U.S.
If either of these is on your list, you are going to need to come up with a plan on how to save money. One of the best ways to accomplish this is to turn saving money into a game. In fact, you are probably already doing this to some degree without even realizing it.
There is one important thing you must understand in order for these games to work: the difference between perceived savings and actual savings. For example, if you buy a TV with a retail price of $500 and bargain it down to $400, you will tell yourself that you saved 20%, or $100. Most people stop at that point and the $100 remains in their spending account. It is then spent on various other things and disappears by the end of the month.
Part of what makes money-saving games successful is that the money saved is earmarked for a specific purpose and placed into a special account that is created specifically for that savings goal.
If you don't do this, you may believe you're saving a lot of money, but when you look at your bank account, you'll see that very little has actually been saved.
Whatever you decide to do with the savings from these games, make sure that you open a separate account specifically for the funds.
Once you have committed to doing that, money-saving games can go a long way to help you reach your New Year's savings resolutions without a lot of pain. Here are six of the more popular money-saving games that people play: