For the last year I have really wanted to get another dog in our home but it just hasn't been the right timing. I have looked at many different breeds of dogs and have narrowed my list down to certain breeds I like better than others. Then once we started taking Financial Peace University (FPU) I realized this was a cool chance to get my daughters in the habit of saving for what we want. See Sophie and Leah both love dogs and I'm sure they can't wait until we get one in our home but FPU taught me that I can't just use my credit card to buy a dog and think that everything will be ok.
Starting about ten weeks ago Sophie, Leah and I began to save my extra allowance money in a mason jar in our house. It started out with a few bucks here and there and then I started having to swap out the ones in there for fives and tens. Right now we have $24 saved up to buy our dog. The goal is to have enough money to be able to head to the pound (or Craigslist) and find a dog that really needs a good home. We have decided that there are enough dogs in the world that need a good home and I think we can provide that home but not until we have enough saved up. Some of the cool parts of this saving is it provides an opportunity for me to teach my girls the value of saving and allows them to see the growth as we pack dollars into the jar. Something even better is the other night we saw our friend and shared with her what we are doing. After Sophie told her our plan she reached into her pocket and pulled out a dollar for Sophie to stuff in the jar. I'm very excited for the day we get to head to the pound and rescue a dog!