fabulously frugal thursday: 5 simple money games for savings

by Barb on March 7, 2013

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Fabulously Frugal Thursday

Easy ways to save that add up to hundreds in a year:

  1. Clean out your purse/wallet and put the spare change in a jar. Over 3 months, we accumulated over $20 in our jar. We have an account at TD bank for depositing the change.
  2. Collect $1 bills in an envelope at home and bank the amount at the end of the year.
  3. If you write a check for groceries, round the amount up in your check book register and collect the change in your checking account.
  4. Bank all windfalls, whether it’s the rebate check from All State or a gift from a relative.
  5. Bank store refunds.

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Danielle @ Poor and Gluten Free March 7, 2013 at 11:07 am

I love your saving tips! I do most of these, too. The other thing I’ve done over the years is to automatically put a small amount of money in a savings account every week (even if it’s only $10 or $20). If you have it automated in your banking system, it’s much easier, you kind of forget you have that money to spend ;)

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Lauryn March 7, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Great frugal tips Barb! I am SO doing the rounding up one! We collect change in a jar and that sure does add up quick. We need to start collecting one dollar bills too.
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BrownThumbMama March 7, 2013 at 12:53 pm

Thanks for the feature! Jackjack would go rollerskating every day if we could. It’s fun but it’s not free!
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Heather M March 7, 2013 at 9:55 pm

I had to laugh about rounding up your checkbook. I tried that. It drove Dave nuts when he tried to balance the checkbook. It didn’t last long.
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Barb March 8, 2013 at 4:28 pm

My mom does it, and she’s the only one handling the account. I could see how it would not work so well if 2 people were involved.

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Melinda@LookWhatMomFound...andDadtoo March 7, 2013 at 11:49 pm

Bank of America has that rounding up thing where they do it for you and it goes into an account. At the end of the year we had almost $200.
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Colleen (Souffle Bombay) March 8, 2013 at 11:11 am

We throw all change in a huge pretzel tub each year and cash it in for vacation it usually comes to 600-700. If we are gung ho, we throw all ones in as well then its well over $1000.00 Last year over a 3 month period I tried the $5 plan I saw on pinterest for vaca as well. In 3 months it came to over $500! Loved it
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Jessica @FoundtheMarbles March 8, 2013 at 8:34 pm

It’s ironic to read this today because I spent part of my morning counting the quarters from our huge change jar. We had over $300 in quarters!
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Barb March 9, 2013 at 10:21 am

Nice!

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