MoonJar, Review & Giveaway

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Teaching our daughter the real value of money has not been an easy task. Like most ten year old girls, she loves to spend. I’ll admit to letting her slide when it comes to our rule of banking half of all of her money. It’s just not easy to tell her she has it but she can’t spend it. Even harder then saving money has been teaching her to share it. Yes, we make routine item donations and have spent a lot of time walking for charities. But until now, we really hadn’t tackled the subject of her making any of these decisions on her own. We recently did just that and I am happy to say that she pleasantly surprised me.


The nice people at sent us their Classic Moonjar for review. I gave our daughter a handful of change and explained to her the meanings of each section of the jar. Each color is labeled to inspire Saving, Spending and Sharing. Even though her spending section is still a little more full then the savings, I’m one proud mom to see the sharing section of the jar grow even fuller.

I love the concept of the Moonjar!

Moonjar (moon-jär)
Moon: “To shoot for the moon”; to go after dreams and goals.
Jar: Following ancient custom where wishes or dreams are written down and placed in a special jar for future celebration! MOONJAR!

Moonjar moneyboxes were created as a tool for children and families to incorporate strong financial values and practices into their daily lives. Each jar comes with a handy Passbook to keep track of deposits and withdraws. Launched in 2001 by Eulalie M. Scandiuzzi, a Seattle native. Moonjar moneyboxes are used in homes and schools around the world.

moonjar003 Moonjar is committed to creating products that encourage communication and that empower children with basic life skills. In my opinion this has worked beautify with our daughter. Meaningful and fun! The Classic Moonjar we received stands sturdy and is very well made. The sections are colorful, fun to use and fit together perfectly. The Moonjar also looks great sitting on our daughters dresser. I believe she is keeping it there for fast and easy access to hit up any grandparents that might come to visit.

I have the opportunity to give one of my readers a NEW! Family Kit with Classic Moonjar!

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NEW! Family Kit with Classic Moonjar:
A skill-building kit using hands-on visual learning tools to teach Save, Spend and Share. Perfect way to get family money conversations going. Comes with an easy-to-use lesson plan that helps kids understand wants and needs, budgeting and goal setting!
Includes: Leaders Lesson Plan, Classic Moonjar Moneybox, Conversations To Go about Money, How The Moonjar Was Made storybook and Two Felt Characters. ($45.00 value)

All you have to do is leave me a comment telling me what steps you have used or plan to use that will help teach your children about the value of hard work and money.

One winner will be chosen and contacted by email on February, 28, 2010.

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Thank you and good luck!

I was provided with a free product by Moonjar for the purpose of writing this review/ giveaway. No type of monetary compensation was received. The opinions expressed are all mine.


  1. I think that I failed miserably is teaching my children (all 10 are grown now), to save. It was all we could do, to keep food on the table, clothes on their backs, and see to any medical care that they needed. But, I would like to start my younger grand children on the right path. Thanks so very much for the giveaway.

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  5. My kids have get an allowance for their chores. We have them put a certain amount in their piggy bank, a percentage for tithes, and whatever is left, is their choice!

  6. I subscribe to five dollar shake via e-mail!

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  8. My daughter is 4 but she is my Big Helper and helps me with laundry, dishes, cooking, and cleaning. She also earns her little allowance.

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  11. This is a great idea! We plan on setting up a savings account where a portion of allowance goes into it.

  12. I’m an email subscriber.

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  14. cksknitter says:

    We help our children learn about money by involving them in all of our financial discussions and we explain to them how everything works and why we make certain decisions.

  15. cksknitter says:

    I’m happy to be an e-mail subscriber of Five Dollar Shake!

  16. nan lara says:

    my son is still very young, but i already opened a bank account for him, and once he starts to understand what money is, when he gets money gifts i am going to do what my folks did, keep half to spend and half for the bank for the future.

  17. nan lara says:

    e-mail subscriber

  18. Fernanda says:

    My son gets an allowance and he has to save 25% and give 25% to charity. Also he has a bank account that he adds to by depositing any cash gifts and his savings when the piggy bank is full.

  19. We just started giving my son allowance and he must use his allowance to buy toys that he wants rather than us just buying them for him. He has started to better understand the value of money.

  20. Angela P
    Twitter: childrensnook

    We opened a savings account for my son. He also has a piggy bank that divides the coins and also came with a book so we can read to him about the value of saving money. My son is too young to do chores but we always praise him for helping us. He enjoys helping me with the laundry!

  21. Our plan was to use separate banks for saving, spending, and sharing money, which is what we, as adults, do now, but this bank would completely cut down on the clutter of three separate banks per kid! What a great idea!

  22. I subscribe

  23. shelly cox says:

    I like to make my son earn his spending money by doing his chores.

  24. shelly cox says:

    i subscribe

  25. shelly cox says:

    Moonjar Facebook Fan

  26. Debbie Jackson says:

    my kids all learned the value of saving and giving to others

  27. Debbie Jackson says:

    email sub

  28. Tabathia B says:

    I teach them about money, but letting them watch the interest on their money grow in the bank and by paying them for chores on a monthly basis so they have to budget their money to last and they watch me budget daily with coupons

  29. Tabathia B says:

    email subscriber

  30. My son does pretty good with money. Hew is eleven and saves for a rainy day. He loves to add it up and dream about what he can spend it on 🙂

  31. Diane L. says:

    I have given my children money for their birthdays with an extra little bit added on that they are asked to donate to a charity. They usually choose a charity that cares for animals!

  32. I have just started a new plan for paid chores. Every morning I put “chore cards” on the fridge. Each one is worth different points. They can pick and choose… but they dont get paid unless they do the job. They also get charged if they dont complete “family chores” (like feeding the pets, etc) So far, so good! Teaching them how to deal with the money they earn is next on the agenda!

  33. I found your blog by way of Moonjar. My kids (9, 12) have been Moonjar users for several years. They earn a minimum allowance plus additional payment for certain chores. That money is divided into the Moonjar in approximate 3rds. Gift money is divided at their discretion. Without prompting, they now suggest how they want to use their “Share”, recently donating to Haiti relief efforts, and to a local food bank. Interestingly, no discussion has ever come up about how that ever-growing “Save” will be used. At this rate, they could each have enough for a decent used car when they turn 18.
    Keep up the good work.

  34. Lisa R
    Twitter: sibabe64

    My older one learned later on in life but my younger one just came up to me in the store and said to me i got the cheesesticks that were $2.69 and the other were all over $4 so I think she gets it.

    sibabe64 at ptd dot net

  35. Lisa R
    Twitter: sibabe64

    follower 4 on Moonjar

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  36. Lisa R
    Twitter: sibabe64

    email subscriber

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  37. Lisa R
    Twitter: sibabe64

    following you and tweeted the giveaway on the twit

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  38. Rachelp says:

    My husband and I are teaching our 6 year old about saving and earning money. We have him collect aluminum cans as we walk around our neighborhood and common ground, and all of my husband’s Pepsi cans, too. We bought a handy can crusher and he crushes all the cans. Once he fills a kitchen trash can with crushed cans, we take him to get them recycled and the money he gets he has to split between saving, spending, tithe and paying any “employees” (his 3 yr old sister likes to help sometimes, and so have a few of his friends). It’s been a great lesson for him. We would love a Moonjar to help get it all organized!!

  39. Rachelp says:

    Subscribed to your blog via email.

  40. Rachelp says:

    I am now a fan of Moonjar on Facebook.

  41. I plan on giving my son an allowance and he can earn more if he does chores. I don’t want him to be too spoiled.

  42. I’m an email subscriber

  43. I’m a Moonjar’s blog follower

  44. I don’t buy my daughter much toys unless it’s a holiday or special occasions. She uses her allowance to buy whatever toy she wants. When she’s a bit older I plan on getting her a savings account.

  45. I’m an email subscriber

  46. I follow Moonjar’s blog on Google Friends.

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