Want to Have More Fun? Build a Fun Fund!

This is another post for Women's Money Week. Today, I look at the merits of building a fun fund.

One of the best ways to ensure that you have money to do what you enjoy is to build a fun fund.

Your fun fund should be all about enjoying the moment, and doing what you like best. A good fun fund can be a way to be spontaneous as well. Too often, we get caught up in planning where every dollar goes. When you splurge, it's too easy to feel guilty.

Instead, build a fun fund that you can draw on for the things you like.
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What Can You Use for a Fun Fund?

There are a number of strategies you can use as you build your fund fund. One of them is to just keep the money in a high-yield savings account. You can set aside a certain amount of money each month, and build the fund, and then draw on it when you have unexpected fun things to do. If you create a budget, the fun fund is an outside item — something you tap beyond your regular budgeting for eating out or your short-term vacation savings goal.

Another idea for your fun fund is to build it up using income-type investments. Build your fun fund by holding it in a low-cost brokerage, and then adding to it regularly. Choose income investments like dividend stocks and bonds for your fun fund. When you receive income from those investments, reinvest it.

One way to build a fun fund using investments is to use a site like Betterment. While I just have retirement with Betterment, you can use the brokerage for other goals.

Your investment fun fund can grow at a more rapid pace (but you have to watch out for losses, too, since that is a risk) and provide you with additional abilities to splurge. Whether you want to use your fund for hobbies, or just for the occasion fun activity outside of your spending plan, a fun fund can be a great way to go.

What do you think? Is it a good idea to build a fun fund?

Read more posts on fun, happiness, and hobbies at Women's Money Week.

3 thoughts on “Want to Have More Fun? Build a Fun Fund!”

  1. We’ve had a bunch of different fun funds oven the years. One way we’ve come to love is using credit card points as our fun fund. We use one credit card for everything (and pay it off at the end of the month in full) and the points offered are pretty great. We can redeem for gift cards to some of our favorite restaurants or just buy a gas card and use it for travel to someplace fun.

    It’s nice to get away especially when it costs very little

    1. Miranda Marquit

      That’s a good idea. Rack up the reward points, and then use your fun fund to pay it off 🙂 When I travel, I use my cash back rewards card. I pay it off when I get back, and enjoy the extra $$$.

  2. Tony@WeOnlyDoThisOnce

    Great ideas! And so important to have a “rainy day” fund such as this one. Great methods for saving, too.

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