Saving Money with Intention Using Mason Jars

There’s something about watching money pile up in a mason jar that’s extremely motivational. Real savings accounts are great, but seeing tangible money build before your eyes is inspiring. It’s especially helpful when the reason for saving is written on the jar. It acts as a constant reminder to work towards that goal– bonus points if you keep a vision board near it.

Though you need some self control in order for this method to work, after seeing an overflowing jar you won’t want to dip in for something silly like going out to eat (sorry food, ily pero quiero más dinero). Instead you’ll see how close you are to your goal and you’ll want to keep going. These jars also help me prioritize my budget in a hands-on way so I can save according to importance– bills first, road trip second.

If you’re looking to save money with intention and visual motivation, here are the steps to creating your own mason jar savings!


Step 1: Michael’s trip

All you’ll need is:
+ Mason jars
+ Mason jar chalk tops
+ Chalk labels
+ Chalk
+ Tray for jars (optional)


Step 2: Decide what you want to save for

It can be as vague or specific as you’d like. I decided to save for a few things but you can choose just one.


Step 3: Label mason jars

I found the stickers didn’t stick too well to the jar so I ended up using super glue to help them stay. Then I used chalk to label the jars according to what I wanted to save for. I put the jars on a tray I got from Michaels and kept a piece of chalk near it so I could update the savings.


I used these jars to save for my road trip, my move to California, and everything else from bills to shopping. Let me know if this method helps you save!

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  • Reply
    March 13, 2016 at 1:57 am

    I used to do that some years ago, but nowadays saving accounts do the job. It’s nice to see the jar filling up. I should start with the coins again!

    • Reply
      March 14, 2016 at 9:06 pm

      Definitely, I’m always surprised at how quickly coins add up!

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