We had planned a Disney Cruise and saved for two years for it. The kids were small at the time. I taught them to save their monetary gifts (for birthdays, holidays, etc.) and to save their change. When we were ready to take our cruise, we went to the bank and cashed in their savings. Well, it all added up to a really nice sum of money, they had hundreds to spend as they chose on the cruise.
When I was fundraising, every dollar counted, every dime counted. When I would go to pick up the jar that was on display at a family restaurant, within one week, all those dollars, all the change added up to at least $80, that was the least, at times it was in the hundreds.
I've been using Myfitnesspal.com to track my diet and excercise. It's similar to the Weight Watcher's site I used to use, except it's free; Weight Watcher's is not.
Calories can add up quickly. However, you can save if you realize, little amounts add up quickly. I cut out little things and save on calories. Instead of a tablespoon of butter on my half cup of peas I leave them plain. That saves me 120 calories. I flavor them instead with the same flavoring from the meat, the juices from the meat I'm going to eat. Instead of using ketchup, as one tablespoon is 20 calories, I eat my meat with my veggies in one bite. Few people only use one tablespoon of ketchup, so they are more likely to be eating 40 to 60 calories. Even going low, between the butter and the ketchup, I just saved myself 140 calories and didn't feel like I missed a thing.
homemade potato salad. I didn't use mayonnaise in the potato salad, click the link for my recipe. I left off the cheese and ate the burger plain. One slice of Boar's Head American cheese is 110 calories.
Leaving out the cheese = 110
If you cut out little things here and there with each meal, you can save yourself a lot of calories daily. It all adds up. Give it a try. It works.