Do whatever you want money tin

by Kylie on June 15, 2012

See this money tin? I made it from an old milo tin, paper and some stickers I had one time when I was angry at my husband. I have always wanted to travel and see the world. My husband is a homebody and one day we had a huge disagreement over travel plans, so instead of arguing any further I decided to make this tin and call it “Kylie’s Do Whatever She Wants Money Tin!” It is separate from my sanity money, although my sanity money does go in there sometimes.

This tin, when I made it, was to be used for the travel and things I want to do that he doesn’t want to do. This way I would be using ‘my money’ and if I wanted to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef or go see whales in the wild or any other number of things on my bucket list I could.

The first bit of money to go in this tin was actually USD. I had a bit of cash left over from the Financial Bloggers Conference last year (deliberately, I wanted to have enough for a cab fare next time I went back).

Every now and then when I have found some coins or foreign money, I put it in there. What started out of anger has actually turned out to be really good.

If you don’t have sanity money, or don’t feel you can afford to give yourself money each pay, this can be a great way to get a little freedom. If you find money anywhere such as on the ground, in the car or you earn a little extra you can put it in you “do whatever you want with’ tin!

Do you have a money tin or some sort of sanity/play money?

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Jana @ Daily Money Shot June 15, 2012 at 6:13 am

I don’t have a specific tin or jar but I do have my own checking account, where I save my “allowance”, birthday money, etc. It’s my money to do with whatever I want, without judgment or approval from the husband. He has one, too. Having these is probably the main reason we almost never fight about money.

We do have a change jar in our kitchen that’s our collective “do whatever we want money”. Right now, we’re saving it for a weekend away.
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JP @ My Family Finances June 15, 2012 at 11:52 am

I have a “I don’t use change” bank. I hate having change in my pocket, so whenever I make the mistake of getting stuck with change, it goes into the bank at the end of the day. I’ve amassed thousands saved over the years.

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Parental Parody June 15, 2012 at 10:10 pm

I absolutely have such a tin. Only I label it the kids’ random crap change savings. I dutifully bag it up into the correct denominations and deposit it into the group savings account for them….and then I transfer it to the holiday account. Hubby thinks his loose change is going to the kids. Technically it is. They love our holidays too. Yep, that is the loose justification I’m sticking with.

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Claire @ Claire K Creations June 18, 2012 at 7:07 pm

That’s a brilliant idea! I’m going to make myself one too! I have a bank account separate for this sort of thing but it’s too easy to dip into it for home things and bills etc. This way it will be nice and safe!
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femmefrugality June 19, 2012 at 4:17 am

Oh, my gosh…we are the same way. I love travel, and the boyfriend would be perfectly content staying in our hometown forever. What I view as a necessity to keep my sanity, he views as throwing money away. I definitely have my own savings for trips I want to take. I always take him with me. :p And guess what? He has FUN.
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