My twenty month old son is fascinated with first piggybank. I have a bad habit of leaving change around the house, and he is quick to scoop it up and say “Money! Money!” Then he runs to his piggybank and drops the money in. His grin reflects pure satisfaction.
As a toddler, he doesn’t know the difference between a penny or a toonie, but it doesn’t matter to him. He doesn’t think about taking the money out, the fun is putting the money in.
In a time where we are quick to put purchases on a credit card or line of credit without a plan to pay it back sometimes we have to remember the piggybank mindstate that we had as kids.
I’m sure that in a few years he will want to empty his piggybank to buy a new toy or gadget, but he will have the learned the value of saving.
Recently I was with my ninety eight year Uncle and he reminded me about the importance of saving. He says his Dad – my great grandfather – taught him that “if you get a ten dollar bill, the first thing to do is put five away.”
Even though my great-grandfather would have grown up in the eighteen hundreds – two centuries ago – the lesson rings true today: save your pennies!