breaking my piggy bank…

It’s that time of year where the family is getting ready to go on our vacation.  Which means my wife is getting the kids swim gear, diapers, and various other things together in a mad rush.  My contribution is my piggy bank.  Don’t laugh, I mean my real piggy bank!

A few years ago I noticed that I was leaving change around different little junk drawers in my house or in the change thing in the car.  Then I would occasionally rob it to buy pop and other things out of vending machines or use for toll booths when I traveled.  As I began to think on things I realized first of all I didn’t need all the glorious junk food that vending machines could supply. Next, I don’t really get near toll booths all that much any more.  And finally if I added up my spare change over the course of a year a lot of it was wasted or lost.

So, I began nightly emptying my spare change into my piggy bank.  My original intent was to slowly save up enough change to buy another English Bulldog.   I love them and want one badly, but with their extreme cost I just can’t justify breaking my budget or spending support that I am given on a dog.  So, I devised a plan to save enough change over several years to get one.  Then something happened…..I got married and had kids!!!

Don’t worry I still have my dream of one day once again owning an English Bulldog, but now priorities have changed.  So, my commitment changed.  I now put spare change in my piggy bank every night all year long so that when our vacation time rolls around i can have a bit of extra spending money for our family to enjoy and not have to worry about affecting our budget.

I had been waiting for the right time to break the bank this year, but with Maeven running around and wanting to play in the change I figured I had better wait a bit.  So, last night with my family out of town I sat down to count and roll coins.  Little did I know that it was going to be a two hour process.  The bad news is that I didn’t save up quite as much as I had hoped and certainly not enough for two hours of rolling.  However, the good news is I was blessed to count enough to really help with vacation this year.

So, what’s the point of this post??….well, I am glad you asked!  I highly recommend you revert to your childhood and go get a piggy bank.  Just adding your spare change to it at the end of the day can really add up over the course of the year and give you a nice bit of extra money.  Sooo…what are you waiting for go get a piggy bank!

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