31 Days to Find One Thousand Dollars

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Last month, our Honda Odyssey was due for its state inspection. The good news is that it passed. The bad news is that all four tires should be replaced and rebalanced before winter. $700.

Last week, our 13 year old dryer stopped working. Have you seen the price of new dryers? No thank you. We called a local repairman. $200.

Finally, we’re still putting money aside for a cash Christmas and need about $100 in additional funds to reach our goal.

And that my friends is how you spend $1000–it adds up quickly.

Do You Need $1000 Too?

Are you on Dave Ramsey’s baby step 1 and trying to save $1000 for your emergency fund?

Or maybe you have a major home repair that took you by surprise.

Or maybe you have a trip to somewhere tropical and fun over the holidays.

And speaking of holidays, maybe you just want to plan for a cash Christmas.

Or maybe you want to buy 25 turkeys for the local food bank or sponsor Salvation Army families this Christmas.

Whatever your need, our goal by the end of October is to find $1000.

In the month of October, I’m participating in The Nester’s 31 Days event and my challenge will be to find $1000.  Mondays thru Saturdays in October, I will have ideas to help you find $1000 too. On Sundays, we’ll meet here to catch our breath and let everyone know how we’re finding our $1000.

To help track your progress, I created a 31 Days to Find $1000 tally sheet (google doc) to post on your refrigerator. It will be a daily reminder of your goal. Fill it out as you raise your money and total it at the end of October.

31 Days to Find $1000 tally sheet

Every day, I’ll add the link here of each new post after it publishes.

Care to join me on this challenge? Let us know in the comments. I’ll see you on October 1st!

Check out my 31 Days to Find $1000 Pinterest board where I’ll be updating daily.

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This post is linked to Thrifty Thursday.


  1. says

    I’ve been wanting to set aside $1000 since hearing Dave Ramsey (not so much for an emergency fund~my husbands got that under control . . . but more as a personal challenge and to have a little “fun” money to use for a vacation or something special.) Looking forward to reading your 31 days posts here!

    • FBS says

      If I didn’t need 4 new tires, I’d be saving for “fun” money too! Thanks for stopping by.

  2. says

    Wow am I excited to find you today. We have been trying to get that baby step for over five years. Every time we do, house/car/health events drain it out. We haven’t even been able to make a dent in debt because new medical stuff comes up every year. Your post made me ready to give it a try again
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    • FBS says

      Christa – I’m excited you found me too! We’re on baby step #2. While we have our emergency fund, as you can see, it was pretty much eaten up with the recent expenses. It happens so quickly.
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

    • FBS says

      Samantha – Increasing income will definitely make finding $1000 a lot easier. I’ll be exploring that a bit this month for sure.
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  3. says

    Hi! I just found your blog through Nester’s site, where I’ve linked up as well, with similar plans. I can’t wait to read the rest of your posts, and will probably be following along with your $1000 challenge as well, since I have car repairs, braces, and tons of other things to afford. Good luck, and best wishes!
    Shari recently posted…¢hange: day 4: hand-me-down dayMy Profile

    • Kristia says

      Hi Shari – I’m so glad you stopped by. Good Luck with the 31 days challenge! I’ll hop on over to your site to check out your series too.

  4. says

    What a fun challenge! I feel like I am doing this every month, except without a cute printable to put on the fridge! We are working hard to pay off over $130K in law school debt. We’ve paid $35 already this year, but we still have $100K to go! Our plan to be done in 3 years means we have to put about $3000 each month toward the loans. We’re making less than $40K, so we are working hard to find/save the money in all sorts of creative ways. I’m excited to follow your blog and get ideas for more ways to save money!
    Stephanie @ Six Figures Under recently posted…6 Ways to Get Kids’ Clothes for Free or CheapMy Profile

  5. says

    I finally reached a $1000 in savings this month after saving for three months. My family did the FPU class with Dave Ramsey twice ( we are slow learners, I guess;) and this is my second time achieving the 1000 in an emergency fund. (The last 1000 got spent on an emergency:)
    It takes time to meet goals, but I am slowly seeing that I have money left over at the end of every month, rather than going into the hole and I am not feel deprived or missing anything. Being really aware of where my money goes instead of not having a plan is really eye opening . Thanks for this series. I am really enjoying it!

    • Kristia says

      Congratulations on reaching your $1000! That’s awesome. My husband and I did the online version FPU this past spring amd it really changed how we view our finances.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!


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