Everyone needs to take a break once in a while. The burnout found in the daily grind will easily diminish our work ethic and pleasure. Sadly, our money is usually better spent elsewhere. It doesn’t always make fiscal sense to pour money into a lavish vacation. Also, you could be spending your time off from work on better things. This is where the change jar comes in handy!
Every year my fiance and I go to the Hudson Valley Garlic Festival. We love garlic, so an entire day dedicated to these flavorful bulbs is nothing less than exhilarating.
We use this opportunity to try all different kinds of food, and stock up on the next years worth of garlic goods. This is an expensive trip for us, but we have found a system that works.
Whether it is a piggy bank or a glass jar, most of us have had some sort of method for collecting pocket change. We use a small-mouthed glass gallon jug of hot sauce.
It can be hard to save up coins in this matter, especially with most transactions occurring digitally. We have found a few methods to increase the amount of money that goes into the jar.
First of all, we put our jar in a place where we see it often. The jar is also made out of clear glass. Being able to watch our jar fill up helps us stay motivated for saving.
I’ve had friends keep their jar in their closet or in a drawer only to find their dressers and shelves covered in coins. Keeping an eye on the prize helps us keep saving.
There are many points throughout the year where we receive money that is not a part of our normal income. Think about bottle returns, rebates, and that $5 birthday card from your great great great great auntie. We put all of this into the jar.
This extra money doesn’t seem like much at the time. An extra few dollars here and there doesn’t significantly add to our income. Saving the change for an entire year does add up to a nice sum.
People say that a dollar won’t get you anywhere nowadays. They’re right, so we put our singles into the jar. A few weeks before our trip we also start putting all five dollar bills into the jar as well. While this does his our pockets harder, it helps us seal the deal.
What Do You Think?
Fund your next day trip with pocket change, extra money, and small bills. Doing this consistently over the curse of a year will give you the money you need while being as painless as possible.
Do you have any additional tips and tricks? Let us know!