The Friday Fluff Up: Allowance Jars


I mentioned recently that for our children’s allowance (or “commission” as Dave Ramsey likes to call it), we pay our children using quarters for certain household chores.  If they make their beds, they get a quarter.  Or, if they remember to put away their dishes, another quarter goes in the jar.   Here’s a brief summary of their “commission” list:


These chores earn them a quarter:

  1. Making their beds each morning.
  2. Unloading the dishwasher (each child is assigned a separate part of the dishwasher).
  3. Helping complete other cleaning chores or yard work as needed.
Here are jobs they’re required to do (just because we let them live here!) ;)
  1. Hang up bookbags and put shoes away each day.
  2. Put folded laundry away in dressers.
  3. Set the dinner table.
  4. Help clean up after dinner.
  5. Taking out the trash & recycling.


This is working really well for us, but we needed some cuter jars!  I actually started making these for teachers gifts, but they looked so cute that I wanted to keep a few as well.  I found the plastic containers at Michael’s in the crafting organization section on sale in a pack of three for $6.  (Not sure that that was the greatest deal ever, but it worked because I didn’t want to search everywhere for a deal!)  Then I used my Cricut to cut the labels on vinyl paper, and voila! 🙂  


If you don’t have a Cricut (not such a penny-pinched item. . . ) you should be able to find stickers or labels at Hobby Lobby or Michael’s to monogram your children’s allowance jars with.  You could also order specific letters from a company like Uppercase Living ~ I think a 3″ letter costs around $1-$2.

I’m still planning to make a few more of these as gifts for Christmas tied with a ribbon and filled with some bargain candy (last night I grabbed some clearanced Hershey Kisses to get me started!)


What about you?  Have you made any fun crafts this week?  Here are a few of my favorite ideas found this week on Pinterest (you can follow me under ppennypincher if you’d like to get started . . . I love that place!) 


If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section.  Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)


Check out previous Friday Fluff Up projects . . . and Happy Fluffing ;)


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