Country Lore: Cookie Jar Savings

Saving a dollar or so a day can add up to big savings over the course of a year.

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Just a little bit of pocket change can really add up over the course of a year.

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Would you like to have a nest egg for emergencies? Here’s an old-fashioned savings plan that does not put a strain on your budget.

My grandmother used to call it her “cookie jar fund.” It’s a simple and easy-to-do plan, and over a one-year period, it really adds up. Every day for a year, I placed my pocket change plus $1 in a mason jar. See the chart to see how it adds up if you faithfully contribute every day.

Joseph Williams
Sanderson, Florida