Sunday, July 8, 2012

A Penny Saved...

A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned

Or More Fittingly, 
A Nickle Saved is a Nickle Earned,
A Dime Saved is a Dime Earned, and
  A Quarter Saved is a Quarter Earned.

When we were kids, my sisters and I all had Benjamin Franklin banks. These banks gave us a running total of the amount of money we had by pulling a lever after inserting each coin. When we reached ten dollars, the door opened at the bottom and our money could be retrieved. However, the banks only accepted nickles dimes, and quarters. You could break them if you put a penny in. 

The banks were very special and were kept in our parent's bedroom. Also, it seemed as if it took forever to save ten dollars and when we did, the money was put aside for our college fund. A very wise thing, but not much fun when I was little. So I was excited when my mother recently gave me my bank. I decided that I had a second chance. I would use it to save my pocket change and buy something I wanted. However, a funny thing happened on the way to my purchase. I found that I was having as much fun saving the money as I was spending it. I really liked pulling the lever and watching the money add up. (Sometimes it's the simple things.)

So, I am having fun while saving money and having fun while spending it. That's what I call a win-win situation. It's nice when things work out like that.
But wait there's more: You may wonder, what do I do with my pennies? There is a slot on the side of the bank where you can put pennies. They don't get counted, they just get stored. If you put them in the front slot, it will jam.