Last year this was making the rounds on Pintrest and I considered doing it. The concept is that you save the amount of money for the corresponding week. In week one you save $1 and in week 52 you save $52. At the end of the year you have accumulated $1,378. However, I had just started a totally new budget for myself and I was already overwhelmed at the thought of managing my money in any way so I didn't need to throw in another complication. Plus, I absolutely knew that week 32 (or some other double digit week) would come along and I would not have the money, I would get depressed and dig out whatever money had accumulated in the jar and head to the mall.
This year is a different story. I have been successfully managing a realistic budget for the past year. I still struggle to have enough money for all that I want but most weeks I do have enough money for all that I need. I decided to try it out with one twist. Each week I choose how much money to put in the jar and cross that off the list. So, once I deposit $5 it's done. That way when there's a really horrible week I can deposit only a couple dollars and still be on track. It reminds me a bit of playing Yahtzee. It's always tempting to use your chance or ones on a crappy roll but you know that there will be a roll later on where you will wish you has the chance or ones to cross off. Same concept here. I will need to really think if it's truly a tough week before I cross of that $1 week.
Here is my jar. It isn't pretty and nothing is really sticking on that well but I hope it will serve its purpose.
Happy New Year!