How to Gamify Your Money To Achieve Your Financial Goals

14th June 2023 | By Joel Landon

Managing your finances can be such a chore. It can be boring and overwhelming to budget, keep track of your records, and create a retirement plan. However, it must be done! Managing finances is like eating vegetables – we may not always enjoy it, but it’s a necessary part of a healthy financial diet.

If you’re seeking a way to level up your financial habits, adding a fun twist to traditional spending or saving may be worth exploring.

One way to do just that is by Gamifying Your Money. By turning your financial goals and tasks into a game, you can make money management more enjoyable and motivating, which helps you achieve your financial goals easier and faster.

The real reason gamification works so well.

The neuroscience behind gamification is based on the idea that games can activate the brain’s reward system, which is responsible for releasing dopamine, a neurotransmitter that is associated with pleasure and motivation. When we play games, our brains release dopamine in response to the challenges and rewards that we encounter, which can create a sense of pleasure and satisfaction.

Gamification aims to tap into this reward system by incorporating game-like elements into non-game contexts, like finance. By providing clear goals, immediate feedback, and a sense of progress and achievement, gamification can activate the brain’s reward system and create a similar sense of pleasure and satisfaction.

Also, adopting a gamification approach to managing your finances can improve your overall attitude toward money. Rather than viewing money management as a draining source of stress, you can associate it with an enjoyable activity.

The good news is that you can actually gamify any area of your life you struggle to get things done. However, in this post, you’ll discover how to gamify your money so you can achieve financial success.

How to turn that daunting task into a game you want to play.

First, you start by setting your financial goals so that you have a road map of what you want to achieve. Without a clear financial goal, you lose sight of what matters most – just like sailing without a compass.

What do you want to achieve? It could be – saving for a down payment, building an emergency fund, paying off debts, avoiding overspending…

After you’ve written your financial goals, put down your ‘why’. Make it clear why you must achieve those goals. It keeps you going. Now you have your why. Break your goals down into small actionable steps (an important process of your gamification).

Gamifying Your Money: Fun Tips To Budget With Real Cash 

After interviewing some people, they shared some fun ways they gamify most of their money tasks; let’s take a look.

Paying off debt

Paying off debt can be daunting, but gamification can make it more enjoyable and rewarding. One way to gamify paying off debt is to create a point system where you earn points for every dollar you pay off from your debt. You can assign rewards for every milestone you achieve, such as treating yourself to a nice dinner or a movie.

Here’s a fun example of gamifying paying off debt: turn it into a game of “Debt Smash.” This will involve breaking down your debt into smaller chunks, assigning each chunk a name, and then smashing them one by one as you pay them off. For example, if you owe $10,000 in credit card debt, you can break it down into ten chunks of $1,000 and assign each chunk a name, such as “The Mall Monster,” “The Vacation Villain,” and so on.

Debt Smash Challenge: Use physical cash to avoid overspending. Sounds crazy, but have you tried it?

Once you have your budget in place, using the envelope system can be a good way to stick to your budget. Decide what spending categories you want to control using the envelope system. Typically, any area where you overspend is good to use. For many people, this might be food, clothing, and entertainment. For each of those categories, go to the bank or ATM and withdraw your budgeted amount in cash. Take an envelope and write the name of the category on the front of the envelope, and put the money inside. 

From then on, whenever you spend money in this category, it must come from that envelope. If you don’t use the money for that month, leave it in there and add your budgeted amount again next month. If you are consistently not spending the money, maybe you want to adjust your budget. 

The advantage of the envelope challenge is it makes you stop and think. If you’re at the store and want to buy something, you look in the envelope. If the envelope is empty, you know that buying that item would put you over budget. If you’re halfway through the month and have spent more than half your food money, it may not be a good idea to go out to eat that night.

Is that toy really worth half of your entertainment budget for the month? It can also help those that have a hard time spending money. If you open the food envelope and there is more than enough money for the rest of the month, you can feel better about going out with your friends.

Now Let’s Talk: How to Gamify Your Retirement

Saving for retirement is crucial, considering the number of retirees who struggle to survive. Yet, you keep putting it off. You can gamify saving towards retirement. By turning your savings journey into a game, you’ll stay motivated and enjoy the process even.


Level 1 –Set Your Retirement Goals:

Before you hit the “start” button. Determine how much you’ll need to save for a comfortable retirement and set a target date for achieving this goal. Be specific and realistic. If you need help that’s why we’re here. Book a retirement strategy call with an eQRP (Enahance Qualified Retirement Plan) specialist and learn more about how to set up your retirement goals for ultimate success.

Level 2Choose Your Investment Vehicle:

Now that you have your goals, it’s time to choose your savings vehicle. This will be your in-game “inventory,” where you’ll store your hard-earned savings. Consider options like the System. The eQRP system, also known as the Enhanced Qualified Retirement Plan, is a tax-advantaged retirement strategy that provides individuals with greater control over their retirement funds. It is a self-directed retirement plan that allows individuals to invest in a wide range of alternative assets beyond traditional options like stocks and bonds.

Level 3 –Create a Savings Plan:

The eQRP savings plan is a retirement savings strategy that utilizes the eQRP (Enhanced Qualified Retirement Plan) to help individuals build wealth and prepare for retirement. It is designed to provide individuals with greater control, flexibility, and potential tax advantages compared to traditional retirement savings plans.

Level 4 –Choose Your Game Mechanics Time:

To add some fun to your savings journey: Choose game mechanics that will keep you engaged and motivated. Some popular options include:

  • Points System: The goal is to accumulate points by reaching these milestones: For example, if you save $1,000, you earn 10 points. Set a target number of points to achieve by your retirement date.
  • Level Up: Set levels for your retirement savings: With each level representing a specific amount saved. When you reach a new level, celebrate your progress with a small reward or a fun experience.
  • Challenges: Create monthly or yearly challenges to boost your savings: For example, try a “save-the-extra” challenge, where you save any unexpected income, like bonuses or tax refunds.
Level 5 –Track Your Progress:

Use a spreadsheet, app, or even a physical notebook to log your savings and milestones. Regularly review your progress and adjust your game mechanics as needed to stay on track and engaged.

Level 6 -Find a Player 2:

Invite a friend or family member to join you in your retirement savings game. Having a “Player 2” can make the game more enjoyable and provide accountability. Share your goals, progress, and challenges with each other, and celebrate your victories together.

Bonus Level –Reward yourself:

Set up a reward system for reaching milestones or completing challenges. These rewards can be anything. Just make sure the rewards don’t derail your progress.

Games by design reinforce behaviors and keep you coming back. The goal of this article is to provide you with ideas on how to gamify your money and learn how the eQRP System can help you enjoy the process of scaling your financial goals.

Gamifying your money can be as simple as competing with your partner to see who spends less in a week, or placing bets with your family on how long it will take to fill up a change jar.

Alternatively, you can use different smartphone applications to gamify your money. Such as: Acorns, SavingQuest, Fortunecity, and a host of others.

The process of gamification basically involves setting goals, tracking progress, and hitting milestones to unlock some kind of reward. You just have to tailor your games to your own unique goals.

To your success!

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Written by

Joel Landon