Money Jar Saving Method for easy saving

I grew up on the money jar saving method and didn’t even know it. For example, as a little girl my father would have this huge glass jar filled with coins. When the jar became full, he would take it to the bank, cash it in, and make a deposit. My aunt also had a money jar, that she kept on the corner table filled with coins, and that’s what we used as our daily bus fare.

It’s ironic that in the last couple of years, I too, have adopted the save money method using jars. Right now we keep an old peanut jar on the kitchen counter for our daily lose change.

What is a money jar? Welp, its a money management system used to save, budget, plan, and be financially responsible. It’s the act of using mason jars or any kind of jar to place a certain dollar amount in daily, weekly, or monthly to reach a certain finacnial goal. This is a great system for those who have trouble saving or poor spending habits. The money jar system can be used to save for something specific or rainy day.Handle Your Business…Get Your Finances Together

Go to your kitchen cabinet and grab a glass that you aren’t using and put a dollar in it. Do this every Monday, or whatever day you choose. If you have more to spare in your budget then start with $5 or whatever you can afford. The best thing about this system is that you can start as little as your budget allows. This is the quickest and easiest way to save money especially if you’re on a budget or just going through a rough time right now.

Having a money jar or jars in the home are a great way to physically see your savings. Yes, we have saving accounts, but the physical action of taking money out of your wallet, and watching that jar fill, encourages you mentally and emotionally. You see the progress which encourages you to save more and spend less.

Also, I don’t know about you, but we’ve become so used to swiping our debit or credit card. How many times have you said you weren’t going to spend any money, and before you know it, your account balance has dropped. It’s very easy to swipe, and guys those small amounts add up.

You begin to know the importance of spending less, being grateful for what you have, and the desire of having “stuff” isn’t as fulfilling anymore. You become more comfortable in living without certain “things” and notice the amount of frivolous spending that may occur.

The insight on “what did I spend my money on” becomes clear. How many times do you look and say where did I spend all that money? What did I buy? I’ve done it plenty of times walking out the store, and saying “it doesn’t look like I have a cart of stuff worth a $100”. How many times have you guys said that?

You can have as many money saving jars as you think you need or want. To begin the process, figure out what you want to save for and how many jars you need. We have 3 children so January 1, we get a jar and label it Christmas. Next, we like to pay our car insurance in full so we have one labeled car insurance. Thirdly, we have one that literally say “rainy day”. Finally we each have one for something we are saving for personally to us.

Next, label each jar. You can create labels, color code them, or purchase some labels . Then figure out a place in your home of where you’d like to place it. You can opt to keep it visual or in a spot to where it’s out of sight.

You can use the money jar saving method for a house down payment , purchasing a new car, tuition, vacation, or whatever you desire. If you don’t have the finances or desire to purchase a set of mason jars, then you can literally get some glasses and place the money in there.

This process is completely personal to you. You can get as creative as you like. Actually the more creative you are the better.

mentally you will be encouraged to save as you see it grow, you gain confidence in knowing you’re taking responsibility, and knowing you are pursuing your goals actively. emotionally you become more aware and conscious of your actions. It makes you question priorities, needs, and wants. Financially you have taken responsibility , being more aware of your spending, and taking control of your life.

Initially, I was like so many people in thinking that’s what I have a savings account for. But since I’ve began using the money jar saving method weekly, I’m more encouraged to save, excited about the possibilities and opportunities the savings will allow me, and motivated to continuously be more financially responsible and aware.

One of our biggest motivations is to know that we have something saved not just for our family but if someone we love who is need we can provide a little financial assistance to them in their time of need.

Most of the time one of the biggest reasons we begin to feel hopeless or in despair it’s due to a financial set back that we didn’t expect. Having a financial set back tends to send every other area in our life into a pit. The best way to set ourselves up for success is to begin to save no matter what our income level is and using the money jar system is a great way to start. I encourage anyone to try the money jar saving method. Make a commitment, start small, and work on your finances this year.

RosalynLynn

Be you so you can be free.

DIY…Starbucks Medicine Ball

Ok, I have a guilty pleasure of going to Starbucks. DIYStarbucks medicine ball is my current recipe to replicate. However, I do know it can be an expensive habit and I get a rush on figuring out ways to make my favorite drink at home. One of my favorite drinks is the Honey Citrus Mint Tea aka the medicine ball.

This is advertised as an high in vitamin c drink that supposed to boost your immune system through the cold and flu season. Does it help with boosting your immune system or get over a cold, that remains to be proven. However, the only thing I do know, is this drink on a brisk fall morning or an evening night cap drink is a must try.

The ingredients are very simple. The recipe for a Grande, which is 16oz, calls for half hot water and half steamed lemonade. So 8oz of hot water to 8oz of steamed lemonade. Then two flavors of tea are Jade Citrus Mint and Peach Tranquility and a packet of honey which measures about 1 teaspoon.

The blend of the citrus and mint along with the honey is very soothing to the throat even if you don’t have a sore throat. Late in the evening before bed, it opens your sinuses while giving you a relaxed calming energy.

The last two weeks I have divulged in tea while creating many recipes of my own with a twist. My at home recipe consists of the following:

DIYStarbucks Medicine Ball

-1 Cup of the Simply Lemonade (I’ve experimented with regular and light and they both taste amazing.) (https://amzn.to/3npX9Q4)
-1 Cup of hot water not boiling
-1 Tea Bag of Peppermint tea https://amzn.to/3pz8FKX
-1 Tea Bag of the Citrus Sunrise https://amzn.to/38PPWoj
-1 Tea spoon of honey (https://amzn.to/2ID0TPi)

Preparation:

Start by placing the one cup of water and one cup of lemonade into a small pot and bring to a steam. Just as soon as it begins to come to a boil take it off.

Next, pour mixture into mug with both tea bags. Let it steep for about 2-3 minutes. Add one teaspoon of honey, stir , and its ready to sip.

Total prep and cook time, 10 minutes.
I have loved and enjoyed my evening with this drink. The most fun though, has been playing around with different mixtures and flavors of tea.

Some others mixtures I’ve tried for the DIYStarbucks Medicine Ball is:
-Mint Honey and Lemon Ginseng Tea (https://amzn.to/2H3GKBe) – one peppermint and one honey lemon ginseng tea bag each
-Citrus Honey and Lemon Ginseng Tea-one citrus sunrise tea bag and one honey lemon ginseng tea bag
-Double Mint Lemondage tea-2 peppermint tea bags
-Black Citrus (https://amzn.to/3f4jP5s) tea in the morning- one black tea bag and one citrus sunrise tea bag
-Black Mint Awakening tea- one black tea bag and one peppermint tea bag.
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All mixtures are made with the same one cup of hot water and one cup of lemonade with the teaspoon of honey.

As you can see I have experimented quite a bit and found some great soothing indulgence for morning, noon, and night. Any of the above mentioned mixtures can be enjoyed anytime of the day.

RosalynLynn

Be you so you can be free.