My grandma would can everything. She had an entire room full of preserved foods. Apples, pears, peaches, green beans, beets, tomatoes… there were so many foods. Which meant she had a lot of glass mason jars.
I mean a lot.
As a kid it felt like I could swim in those cold glass jars. And the ring tops? They were great for fancy pretend bracelets, earrings, and all kinds of games.
Some of those jars were in the garage. Grandpa had separated the nails from screws, and all kinds of small items were in those jars. They were still sitting in the window sill, kind of as a memory to him, even though he had passed away years before I was born.
Budgeting your money is like those jars.
Each jar is like a completely separate account. Before we would have one account for clothes…but whose clothes were we able to buy? Too confusing.
Is it gas money… or fix the car money? Before the jars, it was never clear to me what we were doing.
And don’t get me started on the fights we used to have over Christmas.
Our bank allows us to have several accounts. To me, they are Grandma’s jars. I see those jars in my brain every time we do the budget. On our online banking site, we have named every account for our needs.
Now we have separate jars (accounts) for the things in life that matter to us.
Christmas money? We set up an account and have a teeny deposit every month go to that account. Come holiday time, we have our money ready to go.
Gas money? We now have a couple of accounts for the cars. One is just for gas. One we use as a sinking fund for maintenance and repairs.
And clothes? Now we have three separate accounts. One for each member of our family. We have a little money going each month to make sure we aren’t bare nekkid because we didn’t plan ahead.
Use the system that works for you.
This is the most important part of all of this. If the jar method helps you keep it clear, please use it.
If your eyes are buggin’ out thinking, “This girl must be crazy to have multiple accounts to keep track of like that!” Don’t worry. Use the system that works for you.
Because it’s not about any system. It’s about you taking responsibility. It’s about you caring for yourself, even your finances, as much as you care for all those around you.