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

Gotta Save Dat Money | Update #2

Hey Hey Everyone!

It’s been exactly a week since I last wrote about saving money with the bingo 52 week challenge. I have been having so much fun with the bingo one rather than the regular 52 week challenge. But really, who doesn’t like coloring? I think that’s the “fun” part about doing the bingo style challenge; you get to color it in! Yes, my inner child likes to come out from time to time.

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A little off topic but aren’t my mom’s Valentine’s day decorations cute! I love this sign.

Back on track. So this week I have managed to mark off quite a few squares. If you remember last weeks jar, I didn’t have many marked off at all. [sad jar]

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Yep, I had a whopping 3 squares marked off. This week I have managed to mark off:
1-10
&
11, 14, 20

That’s quite a bit! That’s $253 that I’ve saved since starting this year! Whew! This is going to be used toward getting a new motor for my car. [eeee, can’t wait!]

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If you’re looking for an easy way to save money, then this is it! It’s also a great way to get kids started on the importance of saving money. Of course, it’s a little hard for a kid to come up with $50 at one time but you can always turn the bingo challenge into a penny challenge and have the child put in a penny for week 1, then 2 for the second week and so on.

I know from personal experience that I would have loved it had my parents taught me how to start saving money at a young age. I know when it’s my time to be a parent, I’ll teach my kids about saving money so they’ll have a good start on their future.

If you’re a little worried about starting the bingo challenge and you’re sitting there thinking, “Katie makes it look easy but I can’t spare a lot of money each week”. Well, you don’t have to do weekly, you can always put in as much money as you want whenever you want. That’s the joy about doing the bingo version versus the regular 52 week challenge. On that one you have deadlines to meet for each amount. I love the bingo style because there’s no time frame. You simply put in the amount you can spare whenever you can spare it. For me, I usually have a week or two out of the month that I actually have money so I’ll plan out how much I want to put in the jar because you know, once it goes in, that means no touchy touchy! I personally like to try to knock out the bigger amounts when I can but sometimes I only have $15 and that’s okay. You do what you can. 

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If you have any questions regarding the Bingo 52 week challenge, please leave a comment below and I will answer it promptly! If you’re interested in printing out my version of the bingo square, click here.

I hope you all enjoyed my post and as always, have a great rest of your week!

Now get to saving!

Xoxo Katie