Saving Money in a Jar // DIY // Part 1

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

I am terrible with money- budgeting, saving, spending...everything.  I'ts a difficult game for me to understand, because I am such a hands on learner its hard for me to grasp money going out and coming in when everything is automated and we use credit/debit cards all the time.  Mike and I are constantly re-evaluating our budget and how to stay on that budget...its so darn hard!  However, I came across a few ideas that I liked and work for me on a smaller scale.  The first is:

 "52 week money challenge"

For each week of the year you put away that much money in a jar
Example: Week 1: one dollar, Week 2: two dollars....Week 52: fifty-two dollars
So in total at the end of the year you will have: 1,378.00 dollars!



































You can download the same sheet I used here. My inspiration came from here.

So you need to find a Large Jar...Pickles anyone?
I spray painted the top for fun!
Print out your template and Modge Podge it
*Poof* done!

Wowzers, so simple.  There is something I understand and get about taking physical cash every week out of my wallet and putting it in my jar....its very empowering! Hey, look I am saving!  I seriously feel like a kid (...its probably because this was a tool your teachers used to teach you how to save in like 1st grade) and I am doing it...and loving it!  Its so much easier too to part with your money when it is in small increments.

I have a goal for that money, don't you worry.  If we don't get to it sooner it will go to a much needed master-bath update....you know one of those homeowner things that has been on your list since you bought the house (ahem, 5 years ago)!  We keep saying to ourselves "we need to save up"...well here I am finally "saving up!".  

Also something I might use this jar saving idea for is... Christmas gifts! We don't spend that much money on Christmas gifts, but a good chunk could go for getting some great stuff, plus scheduling wise it works out great....If I start in January then the jar will be pretty much "Full Jar-ed" by December.  I buy Christmas presents throughout the year, so I might need to stock pile a jar a year in advance so I am free to spend it on gifts throughout the year. Anywho, pretty cool idea huh? 






Wont You join me in this challenge? It is never too late to start saving.  Happy Saving! 


Do you have any money saving tips?  Please help me out!


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14 comments:

  1. we have a jar that we throw all our extra change in! We call it our vacation jar!

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    1. Elizabeth! Thanks for coming over! That is a great idea too! Thanks for sharing....big thumbs up for vacation funds!

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  2. I love this!!! Also, has it really been 5 years since you bought the house? That means 5 years since I was there and then moved to AZ. MAN, time flies. Have you thought about doing the cash in an envelope budget thing? I know there's an actual name for it- but it's using cash only, doled out in an envelope, and not using credit/debit cards. Great for those of us who struggle with keeping track when using a card!

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    1. AK- time flies!! I cant believe it either! Totally know what your talking about, the trade off with that is you don't rack up point on your credit/debit card....cant have it all can we?!

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  3. My husband & I need to do this! Thanks for linking up! :) Following on Bloglovin'. :)

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    1. Amy! Thanks for finding me on the Link, and well hosting it! This money saving Jar has been a lot of fun! Especially seeing it grow ;)

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  4. I don't have the willpower to have access to money and choose not to touch it-- you're much better at money than you claim! I would, however, cut a hole in the top for cash to fit through and then superglue the top to the jar. And then have a jar smashing party when I'm done filling it. xo love this blog. So fun.

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    1. I will make sure to lock up my jars next time you come to visit! =) xoxo

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  5. We're doing this savings plan too! We have it set up in a separate savings account, so it's not tempting to take from, hah! I just transfer the money in on payday and don't think twice about it. We plan to keep it up past just a year and eventually use it toward a down payment on our dream house. :)

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    1. Ashley- SO smart. Brilliant, actually! It is definitely a test of self control to not tap into the jars or continually write IOU's =)

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  6. Great idea, Cassie! I may try to enlist my kiddos in helping do this! Thanks for linking up the idea to Creative Ways! Have a great week!
    Blessings,
    Nici

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    1. Thanks Nici, get the kiddos doing it! Thanks for hosting a great link-up!

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  7. Love it Cassie! You're doing some pretty cool stuff.

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    1. Aww thanks Victoria, I am glad you came by!!! Miss you ;)

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