I'm behind - I admit it.
I don't like it but I am behind on my blog reading.
And because I am behind, I didn't find out about a new challenge, until it was too late to link up. You all know I am a challenge junkie but this isn't the kind of challenge that requires fabric up front.
It's Val's Quilting Studio: 2nd Annual Piggy Bank Challenge !!
By saving change and the odd one or five dollar bill, Val & her husband have a competition over the course of a year to see who saved more. Val uses her found money for quilting fabric.
I've been in the habit of saving change for years! But of course, I take it to the next level - I sort my change into 3 banks. Okay, I know that sounds ridiculous but let me explain. These are my "banks".
|Half gallon bottles - pennies, nickels & dimes, and quarters|
First - let's be clear: I did NOT empty these bottles by myself!! I did participate in the emptying but that's a whole other story. They are perfect for saving change - wide neck & large capacity. The penny bottle has exactly one penny in it right now, as it was cashed out recently.
I collect loose change into this tin on my dresser. When it's full or when the mood hits, I sort pennies in one bottle, dimes & nickels in another and quarters in the third.
WHY??? you ask.
So I can gauge how much money I have saved up as the bottle fills. Once the bottles are completely full, the pennies total around $27, the dimes and nickels combined are around $150. and finally the quarters come in around $350. Knowing the amount the full bottles contain means I can estimate my savings by the level at any given moment.
What I don't know is how long it takes me to fill them up because that varies. But by using this post and Val's blog as a reminder, I will see how much change gets added in a year.
As for the odd dollar bills, they get saved somewhere else entirely. What about you - do you save spare change and what do you spend it on?
And even though it's too late to link up on Val's blog - how about seeing how much you can save in a year?
UPDATE: I have linked up on Val's blog - check it out! Thanks for opening the linky back up, Val!