Saturday, November 9, 2013

Save it, baby.


Here's what. Saving is good. It's good to have a savings account where you can set aside some money for upcoming projects or for the infamous rainy days, having it generate more money through interest by just sitting there, etc. All of that is sensible and smart. I recommend it to everyone. Save so you'll have a safety cushion and you don't have to worry about your finances if times should get rough. At least not as much as without any savings. 

But, let's not forget about the peanuts! 

It's also nice to save on the small scale. 

If you put aside your change every time you go to the supermarket, then after a while you'll have enough for a special treat. Or if you're a smoker and want to quit, every time you'd usually buy a new pack you can instead put that money aside and then get something really nice that you've been wanting for a while but that was always just a little out of reach, financially. Or if you're like me and you just hate walking with coins - in a country where coins signify small money, that is. I'm not talking about one and two euro coins. Or Colombian pesos in general, where every coin buys you something. If that applies to you, then I recommend getting a piggy bank.

But here's the thing. We want to save, so why would we spend money on a piggy bank? Doesn't make sense, does it? 

Nope. 

So, Kwesi had this brilliant idea recently that I decided to use for myself and then tell you about. Make your own piggy bank. And I'm not even talking about a big effort, crafts or anything like that. Had a soda recently? Had some ice tea? Then you're set. 

Rinse out the can when you're done drinking your beverage and the let it dry out completely. Then, if you want, take off the opener thingie on top and, if you want, bend the broken seal further back. And now: TADAAA you have a piggy bank. 

Here's mine:


Cherry Cola - gross, but the can is pretty.

Whenever the can fills up, take it to the bank and, depending on the options the coin counting maching gives you and what you want, put the money on your account or exchange for notes. And, voilà, that dinner at the nice restaurant is yours. Or that cute pair of earrings. Or that awesome new album your favourite band just released on iTunes. Or something even bigger. Trust me, a lot can go into these cans! 

I'm looking forward to the 83 piece tool set I'm going to get with this money that otherwise would just be clinking around at the bottom of my handbag, because that's where it goes whenever I get a handful of coins for change, which I don't understand, because it's not like you can even buy anything with any coin that small here in Trinidad, which makes it such a waste, why are they still minting these itty bitty good for nothing bits of metal?... </rant>

So yeah, Cherry Cola Piggy Bank. 

What will yours be? 

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