How I saved for that dress

Learning to save your money

How I saved for that dress

I was walking home from school one afternoon and saw this lovely gown in a shop across the road. After looking at the dress for about 5 minutes, I decided to walk in and ask for the price. “N2,000”, the shop attendant shouted. She looked at me like “How can you afford this dress?” But after a month, I went back to the shop and bought the dress. You want to know how I did it? Let me gist you.

The first thing I did was to write down all the ways I could make money.

  • Pocket money from my parents
  • Money from my uncle or aunty
  • Helping my neighbors or family friends to wash clothes, cars or clean their houses
  • Selling the books I don’t need any more. Even clothes that are no longer my size

After writing all that down, I wrote down ways that would help me to save the N2,000. These are the things I did

Set a time frame
I gave myself 1 month to save the money and I wrote it in my diary

Find a safe place
I built a kolo where I kept the money.

Keep track
I wrote every kobo I made in my diary (I saved N400 from my monthly pocket money. I made N1400 from volunteering to wash clothes and clean the houses of neighbours.. I made N500 from selling my old books and clothes).

Stick to the budget I removed the N2000 for the dress and left the remaining N300 in my kolo as savings for the future.

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