The Crazy Trick That Helped One Woman Save $36,000

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Saving: We all know it's important, but actually doing it is another thing entirely. According to Marie Franklin of personal finance blog Save Money Fast With Fives, all it takes to start is one $5 bill. About 12 years ago, Franklin made a life-changing decision that altered her relationship with not only money but also her bank account. Instead of spending the $5 bills that she came into contact with, she started saving them—yes, every single one of them. And the strategy paid off, big time. She now has $36,000 all from $5 bills. So if you're thinking about how to save the cash for that new car, vacation, or wedding, then maybe you should try the $5 savings plan too. The best part about it is anyone can do it. "Once you commit to saving your fives, you’ll never look at a $5 bill the same way again," she says. "Once you see them accumulate, you won’t be tempted to spend them. It becomes an addictive habit, a fun game to see how fast you can grow your stash."

To read more about Franklin's incredible savings trick, visit Money.

What's your best trick for saving money? Would you try the $5 bill savings plan? Let us know in the comments.

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