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We love going on family outings for dinner and a movie, or bowling, or even a round of mini golf. But — when you are trying to budget like we are, how do you offset that? I have THE perfect way — and it involves making a “Keep the Change” jar for the laundry room.
Family togetherness is important to us, so we like to spend as much time as we can together. My kids are grown — and almost grown, so those special moments together are even more important now.
My keep the change jar was inspired by all the loose change I find when I am doing the laundry. Regardless of how many times I say, “Clean out your pockets”, I still find change in my washing machine.
I decided that I would start collecting it every time I did a load of laundry and informed the family that finders keepers losers weepers. But then I also told them we would use the change once the jar was full to go out to dinner somewhere or do something fun together as a family.
They all really like that idea a lot!
How to Make a Keep the Change Jar
To make this craft, you only need a few supplies — a wooden plaque, a hose clamp, and a jar. Tools needed are a hammer and a couple of tiny nails to hold the clamp in place, and then of course some paint.
I picked up all the supplies while I was out running errands. I had to make a stop in to Sam’s Club for some bacon and while I was there, I saw that they had Snuggle® Ultra Blue Fabric Softener and Snuggle® blue iris bliss® Scent Booster Packs on sale, so I grabbed one of each.
If you don’t have a Sam’s membership, I encourage you to get one! Saves me lots of money every year.
Nothing makes me happier when doing laundry than the amazing feel and smell of soft, clean clothes.
Okay — here is how to make this fun craft.
Gather your supplies.
Then, with whatever paint you want your plaque to be, paint that. I chose yellow because yellow makes me happy. Then I let that dry.
Once the base color gets dry, then you paint on the words “KEEP THE CHANGE” in whatever color you want. Black always stands out good so I chose that.
I wanted to give it a rustic look so I did not try to make the letters look perfect.
After all the paint has dried, you are going to take your 3 inch hose clamp and open it up pretty far. I found some tiny nails laying around here at home that were perfect to put right between the slits on the hose clamp to nail it to the plaque.
Then, the last step is simply add your jar. Slide it up through the hose clamp, and with your fingers or a screwdriver, tighten it down.
When you are done, you can hang it on the wall or just sit it on the shelf like I do.
Then, whenever I am doing laundry, I skip the step of checking pockets. That is not my job! I throw all the clothes in, towels, and everything. I am not a clothes sorter (I know — I get flack ALL the time from the laundry police — but I just do not have time to sort it!)
I put the clothes loosely in the washing machine (because the directions say that is best) and throw in a Snuggle® blue iris bliss® Scent booster and my favorite detergent. The scent boosters come in a conveniently easy-to-use single packs.
Then I add the Snuggle® Ultra Blue Fabric Softener and let it do it’s magic. Seriously — I have never in my life smelled such a fresh clean scent. They offer such a fantastic benefit at such a great value — and 30 days of Snuggle® up freshness as well!
I will be honest with you. Before this, I was just a dryer sheet user. I would toss one in with our clothes and they come out smelling just okay. But after using the Snuggle scent booster and fabric softener, I will never go back to dryer sheets again.
While they work great on their own, just like families, they work even better together! The dual action will allow your clothing to come out smelling like they have never smelled before.
I have been forever changed. Doing this small extra step shows my family just how much I love them – by saving our change for a fun outing and by making sure their clothes smell extra nice!
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