A cup of savings

A cup of savings

This doesn’t look like $63, does it?  I promise it is.  And I can say with confidence that I haven’t missed this money at all.

We’ve had our chicken coop savings cup going for just over a month now and we’re halfway towards our goal.  Sure, we could have just found the money to pay for the chicken coop on the spot (or put it on the credit card…), but it wouldn’t have been nearly as satisfying as watching our cup of coins grow.  The boys have been getting involved too – squirreling any coins that Dad dumps out of his pockets at the end of the day.

We only add gold coins to the chicken coop cup and have a separate cup (actually a recycled pasta jar) for silver coins.  I counted this up today and we have just over $50.

A cup of savings pasta jar

I get coin bags from the bank, divide up the money and deposit it into our account.  We used to collect the coins in recycled Milo tins but we quickly discovered that if we left the collection going for too long we lost the motivation to count the mountain of coins and haul it to the bank (bulk coins are heavy!).

So after a quick family discussion (as I write this post) we’ve decided that the additional $50 is going to be cashed in and added to the chicken coup cup.

Here chook, chook, chook!

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2 Responses to A cup of savings

  1. Leanda 6 July, 2012 at 9:57 am #

    Chickens are the best! The boys will love them and it is soooo satisfying getting organic fee range eggs from your own chooks! Being chookless for the past few months since our move was strange… Buying eggs seemed so strange and wasteful! Thank goodness we’re all ‘chickened up’ once More. Can’t wait to see the posts once u have the coop up and running! Also, I love the lesson of saving up for the things we want… This is one of our families biggest mottos and is such an important lesson for children to learn the value of things. X

  2. hellolittlehouse 6 July, 2012 at 11:38 am #

    The boys are being so patient but we wanted to wait a little longer until it starts warming up in Spring. In the meantime he’s still squirreling gold coins and will tell anyone who’ll listen that he’s saving for a coop. I agree it’s a really important lesson and one probably not taught enough. Enjoy your fresh eggs!