September 3, 2014

Tip #26: See Your Money Grow

Lovely Tip #26: See Your Money Grow via
Piggy banks were the thing to have as a 90s kid.  I had a bright pink pig with a black snout, shaking it to hear how large my loot was getting.  I haven't had one in a while, lugging change loosely at the bottom of my purse to surprise my future self's next cashier exchange (having exact change for a purchase is a thrill I cannot replicate).  Now I'm some sort of adult with bills and responsibilities where I can't make many frivolous purchases (and I'm OH SO BROKE).  In a throwback way of saving money for the occasional silly thing, I've started doing this:

Collect change in a see-through container like a mason jar or shadow box frame to see your money grow.

I call this my "for funzies" jar.  I collect all change from cash purchases in this jar.  When it gets full I make a bank teller's day by bringing it all in to swap out for cash.  With this particular jar's size and my usual cash spending habits, I don't expect more than $20 per fill-up.  This way I'm instilling the habit of making purchases with cash to squeeze out all that glorious change, and I have a goal for the change of occasionally treating myself with the money, for funzies!

What Mandy Loves: Image of a large jar holding change via
This method is great for saving for vacations in a shadow box labeled "Vacation Fund" all nice and pretty, too.

What's a savings habit you have?  Do you have a container of change?  What do you save for?  Let me know in the comments!

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