Saving money can be simple. I was a waitress for several years when I was younger and instead of cashing in my change (dimes and quarters) at the end of each night I put them in a 5-gallon water bottle.
I have continued that theory throughout my life. I never use change even if I have a wallet full. I always pay with full dollars and take the change and put it in a jar.
You will be surprised at how quickly it adds up and how much a small jar can actually hold. The full jar on the left above holds almost $40. And even if you can only fill one jar, that is $40 more than you had last year.
The boys and I recently went through all of that change in search of old pennies and then I cashed it in to use for Christmas and there was almost $500. It was also a crazy reminder of how long it’s been since all of the change at the bottom was dated in the 90′s.
I also suggest creating jars for goals or family members. Saving for a vacation? Create a vacation jar. Need a new car? Create a new car jar.
It’s funny because I have always been very protective of my change and my kids caught on without me even realizing it. If you walk into any of their rooms, even the 8 year old, you will find a jar, a cup, a pile of change. That only seems to fill and grow bigger.
Jonesie (8) saves his money for the fundraising walk for PKD (a disease that my sister has) that happens each September here in Denver. And it’s really funny, because if you set your change out on the counter in my house it will not be there in five minutes and I can’t promise you that it’s no me that swiped it.
Now that you’re going to start saving money, make a goal to make a little extra by selling items on eBay. Learn how to list an item to sell on eBay here.