I don’t know about most people, but I save my change. If I see a penny on the ground, I pick it up! was brought up that “it all adds up”. Well, now I have to agree.
My results of saving my change for a whole year entail one full jar of change. I cashed it in for the grand amount of : $124.00.
Yep, that’s right, $124.00. I couldn’t believe it. I guessed somewhere around $70.00 and my husband guessed around $80.00. Neither one of us could believe that it totaled $124.00!
It was great because we follow the Dave Ramsey envelope system to set up our vacation budget. So, instead of having only $70.00 to put in the envelope for the ride down to our vacation we had way more.
Saving change takes patience and diligence. I have to say that it wasn’t easy to not dip into my change jar when I needed something and was out of money. But, I kept in the back of my mind that we wanted to take a vacation this year and every penny helps us to have a good time.
It really helps to have a purpose to save the change. If I would have just been throwing my change in a jar then it would have been alot easier to go buy that coke that I wanted or justify another small purchase.
Every time that I would get change back I kept it in a special pocket book in my purse. When I got home I would dump it into the jar. If I saw change lying around the house, it went into the jar. If I retrieved money out of the washer/dryer (dibs on it’s ALWAYS mine) because I do most of the laundry.
It is nice to see the small fruits of labor come to completion when the time came to start our envelopes for our trip. As we drove down to our destination in order to save on some money I brought a cooler and put a gallon of milk and then purchased water and Gatorade.
Money gives options. Even if there is not alot of money, used wisely and along with Biblical lessons it can make for a few more conveniences in life.
We were able to buy snacks at one stop, and then have a good breakfast a McDonald’s. For a family of 5 it is easy to spend $25.00 on breakfast when we do eat out. Since I have a teenage boy sometimes that amount will be $30.00 unless I fill him up with peanut butter!
Before I left the jar was empty, but I have already begun to start saving my change from the trip to make sure that next year there will be a good amount to cash in. The best part of the vacation was that it was completely debt free.
We didn’t bring our vacation home with us to pay on monthly installments. Instead, we brought home cash. I said it….CASH. I had enough gas money for a week, plus we were able to eat out one extra night.
Do you save your change?