Ya'll inspired me! (My dream jar)
The talk of dream collages got me thinking and last night I decided to create a dream jar. I took an old canister, cut out a bunch of pictures of my dreams (some country property, lots of trees and acreage, lots of children, a lady gardening with her children, and a cat), and decorated the canister with them. Then I labeled the top of the jar "dream jar," and poured all my loose change in it. My plan is to save the money in the jar for a down payment. Every time I feel like I want to go out to eat or take in a movie or buy a little something for myself, I'll weigh the value of that with the value of putting that money toward my dream. Also, I can put in any amount out of my allowance I please, and sometimes I may just put a little in there because I feel like it.
It's only a small start, but we've been so focused on paying down our debt and building our contingency fund and freedom accounts, that there's been nothing left over for our dreams. What a pleasure it is to know, every time I put a dime in that jar, that I am 10 cents closer to my dreams. :)
Thanks for the inspiration,