The other way we can use those sample credit cards is to make a "piggy bank" to teach your kid that an alternative to credit cards is to save up before spending. Be it for Christmas Fund or Birthday Fund or Summer Vacation Fund, saving will be fun while learning a financial lesson at the same time. Start them young!
6 or more sample credit cards, depending on how big the box used.
small box (Substitiute: You can make your own box by using cardboard, scissors, pencil, stapler and glue.)
bond paper (Substitute: Any nice paper you would like to use.)
If you do not have a box yet, construct the box using cardboard, scissors, pencil, stapler and glue. Consider using the sample credit card dimensions so that they can cover entire sides.
Select a side of the box where to place the hole where coins can enter. Select a location on that side to mark a 1" straight line. Make sure it is located/positioned where you do not need to cut through a sample credit card. Cut through the cardboard on the 1" mark.
Cover the box with the bond paper (or the nice paper you want to use). Cut through the paper on 1" hole location on the board to allow coins to enter.
Glue the sample credit cards to all sides. (You can opt not to glue one at the bottom if you do not have enough sample credit cards.)
Mark or decorate the "piggy bank" according to what the money being saved for is - Toys, Christmas, Birthday, Summer Vacation, Mother/Fathers' Day, Grandparents' Day, etc.
In what I've done, I used old Christmas card boxes which had a nicely written "Christmas" white text on silver background.
You read it right - a piggy tail bank! Instead of saving your money in a traditional "piggy" bank, why not create a cute little girl with pig tails to hold your spare change?
thin corrugated cardboard
smooth, thick cardboard
smooth, light cardboard
2 paper towel tubes
Using your marker, draw a rectangle in one of the paper towel tubes about 1/3 of the way from the top. Be sure that coins can fit through this slot.
Paint the tube to create a "dress" for the piggy tailed girl. You may want to paint it a solid color and then add a pattern after the paint dries.
On a piece of smooth, thin cardboard, cut out the shape of a face. Be sure to add pigtails. The more the pigtails stand out, the cuter the bank.
Draw a heart shape on the thick cardboard. This is going to be the bank's base.
Paint both the feet (base) and the face.
To make the lid of the coin bank, cut a piece about 1 1/2 inches from the other paper towel tube.
Cut a strip of corrugated cardboard about 3 inches wide.
Roll the corrugated cardboard strip so that it will fit inside the lid and glue it inside. You want one end of the rolled cardboard to be flush with the lid. The remainder of the rolled cardboard will fit down into your piggy tail girl's dress. This keeps the lid from falling off.
Glue on the feet and glue on the face.
Now you have an adorable little girl to help you save money! Just imagine what you will spend your money on when she is finally full.
You can make a little boy by drawing a face without pigtails. You can also turn it into an animal by drawing an animal face instead of a child's face. Finally, you can cut out your child's face from a photo so that the bank looks like your child!
OK everybody, collect all those piggy banks and pack them away in a box and put them in the attic. My house has only been broken into twice in my lifetime. The first things that go are the piggy banks. find a replacement now. When you cornstarch runs out, use the container for your coins and ones. How about an oatmeal box? Larger bills can be hid in back of picture frames. That will get your imagination going. I don't want to give out all the secrets. I have some real doozies. I even used my drip pan on my refrigerator once.