9 Weird Ways 😜 to Amp up 🔌 Your Savings Account 💵 Today 📆 ...

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Whether you're saving for something in particular or you just want to build a little nest egg, it's hard to save money!

But there are a few penny-savvy things you can do to boost your savings without depriving yourself, and while they may seem odd, they really work!

1. Round It up

I'm no math whiz, so this money-saving trick actually calms my nerves and makes checkbook-balancing a snap: I round up when I write down a purchase, which makes the math easier and slowly but surely builds a cushion.

For example, if dinner out costs $15.48, I round up to and even $16.

In one week, I saved about $12 in this "rounding up" method, and in a year, it saved me a little more than $600.

2. There's an App for That

Want to invest that "round up" change in a diversified portfolio?3

There's an app for that!

It's called Acorns, and it's a free app that takes the change at the end of all of your everyday purchases and invests it.

It's not a savings account per se, but it will help you build a nest egg!

3. Keep the Change

What is it with me and the spare change, right?

This is another way to save some cash, though, so it's worth mentioning.2

Grab one of those big glass cider jugs and put it in the back of your closest, where you can't really see it very well, then every day, dump your loose change into it.

When it's full, take it to your bank where they have a free coin-counting machine...

and you'll have anywhere from $150 to $800 in change, depending on how big and full your container is.

Sweet!

4. Return the Empties

In some states, the cans and bottles your favorite carbonated beverages come in are returnable for a deposit fee, usually either 5 cents each or 10 cents each.

Once a month, gather your empties and return them, rather than just putting them in your recycle bin.

Bonus points (and change!) for collecting the returnables you see as litter, and for getting them from friends and family you know won't return them.

In one year, I saved almost $150 just in returnables from my own bin.

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