How to afford to eat in Australia.

From the moment we booked our flights back in January, everyone felt it imperative to tell me HOW. FREAKIN. EXPENSIVE. EVERYTHING. IS. IN. AUSTRALIA.


So I threw $60 into a mason jar and stuck it on top of my fridge where I wouldn't see it (and spend it).

Atleast I'd be able to buy a few McDonalds cheeseburgers to tide me over for ten days down under.

And then someone paid me in cash for a concert ticket, so I stuck that in the jar.

And then I found $4 in the dryer so I stuck that in the jar too.

And the best part was that it wasn't in my bank account, so I never got to see how much was there, and I never got that 'well if I just transfer this hundred dollars to buy some clothes I will be fine' urge. Out of sight and out of mind, I never took from the jar, just added to it.

Ten months of throwing any cash I happened upon into a jar, and it actually began to look substantial.

Last week I dumped it all out on my living room floor to count it.

And kept counting. And kept counting. And I had about three times what I anticipated would be shoved into that jar.

Heck, I might even be able to value size my fries now!



Amanda aka Manda said...

I need to do something like that for my big trip next year! Hope you have a blast in Australia! And go big...get a McFlurry too!

Emily Johnson said...

Yahoo! :) Great job saving! I wish I had done something like that when I went to Italy a few years ago. I did the bank account route and did have the temptation of transferring for some clothing here and there. Hope you have a great time on your trip, cannot wait to hear all about it!

Rebecca Jo said...

Now you see why people didn't use banks in the old days - just buried their money in their back yard :)

Kristin said...

Such a good idea! Have an absolute BLAST! I cannot wait to hear about your trip!

Jax said...

Hell yeah! That's awesome! I should start doing that! And I am so jealous of your trip! Australia is on my bucket list. :)

Mateya said...

That's awesome. I should start doing that too. Out of sight out of mind is a good way to keep money :)

Kristin said...

That is awesome!

Jess said...

I need to do that for new running shoes. Or maybe save up for a trip. Who knows!?

Holly said...

Good for you. I need to learn your ways. But I think if I kept a mason jar of money, I'd have to hide it from Shawn. He has not self control ;) But then I'd probably hide it so well, I couldn't even find it. Like that coffee can of coins I can't seem to locate in my black hole of a closet...

Have fun in Australia and splurge a little on those value fries!