How I Saved My First $500: Megan McTiernan, Thomson Family Foundation.

Megan McTiernanMy name is Megan McTiernan and I’m the Executive Director of the Thomson Family Foundation. I started saving when I was 14 years old by babysitting the neighbor’s kids.  I built a regular list of families and used the funds for all of my spending money throughout high school.

But I didn’t save my first $500 until I was in college. I wanted to spend my junior year in Madrid. I knew if I wanted to see other parts of Spain, I would have to cover my own expenses.  So I worked at a call center that served as payment authorization between long haul truck drivers and their fuel stops. I worked the 6:30am-3:30pm shift for the summer and saved $1,800. That money allowed me to spend a year studying Spanish in class and practicing throughout Spain. It kindled a love for travel that continues to be a reason I save!

Saving my first $500 made a difference in my life. Now is my turn and yours to help others save their first $500. Help someone do the 180 and support EARN. Visit thefirst500.org today.