A few months ago I started saving money for Brady by following the $5 rule that I stole from Whitney. When Guy and I got married we started a small automatic withdrawal to a separate savings account to save for our future children.
That particular account is strictly for college but there are so many other things in his future he needs us saving money for; his first car, trips, camps, braces… So that’s where the $5 rule comes in.
It’s simple – every time you get a $5 bill you put it away. I have a little envelope in the small planner in my purse that I put them in when I get them. It’s too tempting to use it if it’s in my wallet. Then I fold them up and put them in Brady’s piggy bank to wait for the next time we can take them to the bank.
The key to the whole process though, is getting the money into his piggy bank as soon as possible. If the money is in your wallet, you’ll spend it, if it’s in an envelope in your purse you still might spend it… but if it is in your little baby’s piggy bank? No way are you going to crack it open and pull some money out.
I wonder though how we will change the saving when and if another baby comes around. Split it? Start a separate bank? Who gets what?
How are you saving money for your little ones future expenses?
Liz is a just a mom trying to keep it real about how little she sleeps, how often she gets puked on and how much she loves them. You can find her here every day writing about real-mom moments.