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"I'm Sticking to a Strict Budget During the Pandemic But It's Making Me Miserable"

Give your savings account a nickname

When you give your online saving account a fun nickname, it will remind you why you are budgeting and saving.

Instead of an account no, change the name to something like "Quit this boring job" or "Italy trip post-pandemic."

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