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November 5, 2013

It's not too late to begin a new Christmas tradition -

the Money Mason Jar

What a wonderful idea!  Have family members put money in a Mason
jar throughout the year.  At Christmas time choose someone to bless
anonymously.  On Christmas eve deliver the Christmas Jar by
'Ring and run.'  Another option, to teach little ones the value of
sharing, is to leave the money jar for Santa and ask him to deliver
it to a needy family.  

Here are some darling ideas for those of us who
choose to give cash instead of a gift at Christmas:

Does someone on your gift list have a dream of traveling to Paris?
Create a Dream Trip Bank and put some cash in it before wrapping. 

If you don't want to get into wood working
consider a simple Eiffel Tower jar:

It's easier to save when you have a visual goal:

Little ones can comprehend most commercial logos:
Find a good used Disney book at a thrift shop,
cut out the characters, and Modge Podge to a job.

Instead of putting money in a card why not make
a darling 'stache jar they can use year 'round?

What parent doesn't like to teach a lesson during the gift giving season?
Vinyl stick-on letters were used on small Ball jars and the message is
easy to read.  Giving or Good Deeds could be substituted for Tithing.

Teenage boys and young men can be very hard to shop
for but they'll completely appreciate a money jar.
Aren't the money bow ties darling?!

Well, it's Tuesday and that means the weekly Miss Money Pitt update:

The floor refinishers are still hard at work on the hardwood floors.
They'll wrap up today and, so far, everything looks great.

The Saga of the Little Downstairs Bathroom continues with much drama.
The width of the bathroom is 70" which means we need a 70" vanity, right?
Unfortunately, commercial vanities are made for 68" spaces, i.e., a custom
cabinet and counter top are in our future.

We're now the proud owners of over a foot of R60
insulation in the attic so we'll be toasty this Winter.  
See you tomorrow!


  1. Ring and Run - I love it - what a wonderful gift to give someone in need. Cute ideas on a money jar - I like the visual reminder and this looks like a great thing to do with children.
    Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

    1. When I heard about the Money Mason Jar I fell in love with the idea. It's also a visual reminder to young one to contribute throughout the year.

  2. what fantastic ideas I can't wait to share with my very generous family!

    1. And young children completely understand the visual reminder of contributing to those less fortunate. It will be fun for the family to decide on who will receive your generous gift.

  3. Oh I love this idea :)

    1. Thanks for stopping by. Tell your friends! haha

  4. Love all the cute jar ideas. Too cute. It's a craft even a young person could make. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

    1. Young children will love to get into the 'create a Mason jar gift wrapping idea'. I've found that a glue gun (well supervised) can solve just about any craft situation!

  5. These ideas are great! Love the Eiffel Tower jar and the money bow ties! My daughter wants to go to Paris - perfect! xo karen

    1. And these are great ideas year 'round for Newly Wed gifts (honeymoon fund) or birthdays. Mason jars are some of the best kept gift 'wrapping' secrets, aren't they?

  6. Jan- You can take a smaller cabinet and put a filler in one end with minimum carpentry. We have done that before when rehabbing....just a thought- it's a lot cheaper than custom cabinetry. Love all those mason jar ideas! xo Diana

    1. Diana, that is a great idea! I'm sending Hubby to Lowes today and see about putting 2 cabinets together or fill in the spaces on either end of a 68" cabinet. This little bathroom has been more trouble than any of the other renovations. Thanks for the idea!!!

  7. What a great idea, I'm so impressed! It's so hard to purchase gifts for guys. My grown sons love to stop to buy and expensive coffee on a regular basis it seems so I often give them Starbucks gift cards. Your idea would be fun for a "change" (arr-arr) for coffee money for them. Thanks!

    Loved all the ideas on your previous post also. GREAT ideas Jan! I've got to make that gift wrap caddy out of the stool! How cool!

    Blessings, Edie Marie

    1. All of our children and children-in-law love Starbucks and Caraboo Coffee and we often given them gift cards to those shops. My daughter collects the Starbucks Christmas edition mugs and I've found some 'vintage' ones on eBay to add to her collection. Over 20 years ago when Starbucks came out I said, "This franchise will never last - who would pay $2.50 (at that time) for a cup of coffee?!" Boy, was I wrong.

  8. Excellent ideas. It often seems like little thought has been put into giving someone money, and yet that is often exactly what they would like. These ideas are the perfect way to give money.

  9. My grandchildren LOVE to receive money in any denomination. It makes them feel independent and empowered to pick out their own things. They ask, "How much is it and how much will I have left?" It's a good economy lesson, too!

  10. Cute ideas. All I'd really have to do is glue a Lego piece on top, because that's what they keep buying. But of course I want to think up something creative!

  11. I love this idea of saving money in a jar with a visual representation of your goal. Great for kids!