Savings Jar – Bingo Style

Hey Lovelies!

I know you’re probably tired of hearing about my plans to save money and how I go about saving as much money as possible. Well, I’m back again to explain the savings jar – bingo style with ya’ll. It’s a fun way to save money without feeling like you’re completely broke each pay check. It’s also a great thing to start with kids because you can do it with just pennies or just change. You don’t even have to use dollar bills. Keep it simple. Keep it fun.

Above is the bingo board to print out. I prefer to print it out and attach it to a big mason jar with some painters tape (it’s what I had). Then as I put money into the jar, I simply mark off a square or two with a different colored sharpie. Again, this can be a great way to get kids onto saving money! Plus it’s helpful if you or your significant other are bad about saving money and want to plan for a trip or a big purchase.

If you know me personally, or even if you read my blog every now and then, you might have noticed that I have YET to finish a jar. Sadly, every time I start a jar, I only make it about half way before something comes up and I have to spend what money was saved. However, this time it’s different! I have a job now and can put money aside from each check without leaving us feeling completely broke. Wooo! So this time, I will be finishing this jar! 

I started this jar about two weeks ago, roughly. I haven’t really decided yet on how much I am putting away from each check every two weeks. Right now I simply put a little in at a time. This week I put $76 in. Actually it might have been a bit more because we got paid Tuesday. HAHA.

Has anyone else started doing the savings jar this way and been completely successful in finishing the board? I think the last time I tried hard, I got to about 34 before having to spend it on a bill or something. Not anymore! I’m sticking to it! 

If you’ve done the savings jar bingo before, let me know in a comment below. Tell me how far you got before you had to use the money. If you haven’t tried it, are you going to now? Let me know!

Xoxo,
Kaytee

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Gotta Save Dat Money | Update

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Happy Wednesday Everyone!! I know a few weeks ago I spoke about doing the 52 week money challenge. You can find the blog post here. I was already planning ahead with it and had almost all of March saved for. Then an emergency came up and I had to take from the jar, sadly. Then I decided, why don’t I just do the bingo style that Danielle over at She Makes Cents came up with. 

Basically all you do is fill in the square with the amount of money you put in the jar. I haven’t been doing this weekly but more of a when I have money type of thing. Ha! When I went to print Danielle’s version off her blog, it was a little too light and pixel’d. I’m sure I could have emailed her and gotten a better copy of it for mine but I decided to revamp it for my own use. I made mine a little more bold and bigger letters.

Here it is if you’d like to use it!

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I still kept the amounts the same as hers and hope to have this filled up by the end of the year if not sooner.

Here is the progress on my jar.

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I have the 52, 51 and 50 squares colored in. That means I have saved $153 so far. I want to say that at the end of it you’ll have over $1900 in your jar (if you do the bonus squares). I’m hoping that next week I will have a couple other squares marked off. My strategy is to start with the bigger dollar amounts and then work my way up to the $1 and $10 squares vs trying to do the easy ones first and saving the harder amounts for later in the year.

Have you started the challenge to save money this year? Let me know how it’s going in a comment below! I’d love to hear from you!

Have a great Wednesday

*side note: Nardi (my mini dachshund) is passed out on my desk in front of me while I’m typing this. He he.