The transcriptionist started her first Penny Jar Challenge in January 2016 as a New Year's resolution. To simplify the math, Good created a calendar that told her exactly how much she needed to deposit each day. (If you don't want to do the math yourself, you can find free printable charts online for download.)
"I was like 'Alright, I'm going to do this, I'm going to stick with it every day,' and I did," she recalls.
The challenge for Good was remembering to make deposits, but she turned it into a habit by tossing money in at the same exact time every day.
"I would just say to stay consistent with it every day because if you get behind it does kind of feel like a pain in the rear to get caught up," she says.
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The more money she saved, the more excited she was to put money in. Sometimes she'd even tossed in extra.
"I was like 'I'm going to make it, I got a whole jar full, I am going to make it!' So it just got to be more exciting at the end to see the jar get fuller and seeing that I'm really going to do this and I'm going have this nice little chunk of money," she says.
On the last day of the challenge, Good lugged $700 worth of change — more than she anticipated — to the bank. She put it towards a Los Vegas vacation with her husband.
"I didn't use any credit cards on our trip because I had that $700 — it was more than enough," she says.