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March 2015

The Anniversary Jar | A DIY and Marriage Hack

Written by Lindsay Ropella

The Anniversary Jar is something Eric and I implemented very early on in that first year of our marriage. Celebrating anniversaries is important to us, and often times we use them as an opportunity to do a little getaway instead of exchanging gifts. For example, this July we will celebrate our third anniversary, and we are planning on scheduling a big vacation to a sunny destination at the end of the summer to celebrate our anniversary and our debt being paid off.

So, what is an anniversary jar, you ask? Well, it’s quite simple really. At the surface, it’s a place to collect loose change. At its core however, it’s so much more. How it works is every time we go out to eat, or return home from a shopping trip, or pay the pizza guy, we dump all of the loose change into the anniversary jar. It’s typically just a bunch of nickels and dimes, but every once in a while I think Eric throws a couple dollars in there. It definitely surprises you how much loose change you come across every month, and how quickly it adds up.

However, what makes this an “anniversary jar” is that you save up your loose change for an entire year, and then for your next anniversary you take all that loose change and put it towards a fun anniversary date. Some years this may be all you have to spend on your anniversary,  and you go out for a really nice dinner and a show or a night away. Some years you may decide to add to what you have in your anniversary jar and do something a little bigger. Either way, it’s fun to have a good chunk of money ready to go for your anniversary that you didn’t even really miss.

The anniversary jar is something my husband and I implemented very early on to celebrate our marriage and make it a priority in our lives.

Confession: our “anniversary jar” for a long time was really just an envelope tucked away in Eric’s sock drawer. But a few months ago I decided that something so special deserved a place of honor; hence, the DIY anniversary jar was born.

To make an anniversary jar, you will want to find a 1-gallon mason jar. You can certainly make one using a smaller jar, but it will most likely fill up very quickly.

The anniversary jar is something my husband and I implemented very early on to celebrate our marriage and make it a priority in our lives.

Next you will want to decide what kind of pattern you want on your jar. Doing something with stripes is obviously the easiest, but you can get fancier with it as well. If you want your jar to be two-toned, you will want to spray paint the entire jar first before marking off areas with painter’s tape (and make sure you wait 24 hours after spraying it to apply the tape). I however wanted to be able to still see into the jar, so I started by marking off with tape which areas of the jar I wanted to remain free from spray paint.

The anniversary jar is something my husband and I implemented very early on to celebrate our marriage and make it a priority in our lives.

Next, you will want to choose a color of spray paint for your anniversary jar. Think about where it will be located, and pick a color to match. I went ahead with a metallic silver, as it matches both our bedroom and our kitchen — the two places we are most likely to keep our anniversary jar.

Make sure to spray outside on a day when it’s between 40 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Any warmer or cooler than that and you will have issues getting the paint to dry.

Wait a few hours and then bring the jar back inside once it is dry to the touch. I always like to let my projects sit in the laundry room for 24 hours before pulling the tape off. For some reason the paint never seems to fully dry outside, so letting the paint completely dry inside really seems to make a difference in how well the tape comes off and how sharp my lines look.

The anniversary jar is something my husband and I implemented very early on to celebrate our marriage and make it a priority in our lives.

Once you’ve let your jar dry inside for 24 hours, rip off the tape and voila — a beautiful anniversary jar!

The anniversary jar is something my husband and I implemented very early on to celebrate our marriage and make it a priority in our lives.

One positive outcome of this jar that I wasn’t expecting is that every time you pass by it and see those coins slightly increasing each week, it reminds you that both you and your husband are constantly thinking about your marriage and making it a priority in your lives.

The anniversary jar is something my husband and I implemented very early on to celebrate our marriage and make it a priority in our lives.

Not a bad reminder, yeah?

So tell me — how do you save up for and celebrate anniversaries in your house? Do you do anything similar to this? Let me know in the comments below!
 
 

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  • http://makingmrsm.com Jaelan @ Making Mrs. M

    That is such a sweet idea. And I totally love what you said at the end–it’s a reminder that your marriage is important to both of you!

    • http://www.thenewlywednotebook.com/ Lindsay Ropella

      Thank you! And yano sometimes I just think life can get so crazy busy, it’s nice to have that little subtle reminder and to have an easy way to keep investing (literally and figuratively :) ) in your marriage. :)

  • http://raymond-rader.blogspot.com/ Mae

    I love they way you decorated your jar! And it’s a very cute idea :)

    • http://www.thenewlywednotebook.com/ Lindsay Ropella

      Thank you! I was glad with how it turned out too. Sometimes those metallically colors can just end up looking like a can of glitter exploded all over it, so I’m glad it’s a little more subtle. Thanks! We’re on our third year now and loving it! :)

  • http://aprioritizedmarriage.com/ Amberly

    This is a fun idea!! I’m going to have to make one and start saving for mine and Joe’s trip to Mexico next year :)

    • http://www.thenewlywednotebook.com/ Lindsay Ropella

      That’s a great idea! It’s a fun little way to save up for “wants” and little getaways. :) Mexico, how fun!

  • http://www.simplemomentsstick.com/ Susannah

    Such a wonderful idea!!!! We have a coin jar and then donate it to some charity every so often. I love hearing what others do with their coins. :-)

    • http://www.thenewlywednotebook.com/ Lindsay Ropella

      That’s such a nice idea!! Yes, I think it’s so crazy to see how much all those little coins that get thrown around can add up to over time. It’s nice to have a spending goal for them…kind of like money you didn’t even realize you had! :)

  • Don & Virgie Pirlot

    That is what we use to do when we were first married. When the grandchildren started coming, grandpa would save it for them. They loved that. Do you remember that Lindsay?

    • http://www.thenewlywednotebook.com/ Lindsay Ropella

      Yes, I do remember! It was so fun to get so excited when it was finally your turn to take a shopping trip with grandpa. I remember one year getting a little fake cell phone that I loved. I was weird. :)

  • http://galabeastsofthesouthernwild.wordpress.com/ Lindsey Galabeas

    Oh yay! Love this! My husband and I will be celebrating our first anniversary this September with a getaway to Greece! It’s the honeymoon we didn’t have last year!

    • http://www.thenewlywednotebook.com/ Lindsay Ropella

      Wow! Now THATS what I call a vacation!! Good for the two of your for making your relationship a priority!