Fit Tip: Keep a Motivational Money Jar!

Slim Tip: Keep a Motivational Money Jar!

When bikini season is in full swing, it’s relatively easy to stay motivated in terms of maintaining your workout regimen. But what happens when the mercury drops? It’s easy to lose sight of your fitness goals. During the cooler months I do my best to hit the gym a few times a week and then try to do something active over the weekend (hike, long walk, etc.). Sticking with this schedule is easy for me now that I’ve been doing it for years. It’s a habit. But let’s be honest–getting into this grove is easier said than done.

For those of you finding yourself in this apathetic place, do not be discouraged. There are plenty of ways to stay motivated and focused on your fitness goals. Once of my favorite ideas is keeping a Motivational Money Jar.

Here’s how a Motivational Money Jar works:

Each time you hit the gym or exercise put one dollar into your jar (if you can, slip $5 in there when you’ve had a particularly great week). Then, every few months cash in on your efforts. Treat yourself to a new top or even a relaxing spa pedicure.

Keep your jar somewhere prominent where you can see it often. I suggest placing it near your front door or on your bedside table so it can serve as a constant reminder to “pay your dues.”

I really love this idea. It’s a fantastic way to stay motivated and redeem a double payoff for all of your hard work (such as a new top and newly toned arms to go with it). Literally!

Are you going to give this Motivational Money Jar a try? Do you have any tips for staying focused and motivated on your fitness goals?

XO Lauren

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  • Rasa Sausina

    I`m starting diet next moth. new moth fresh start. I think I gonna make money jar. :)

  • Melissa Panici

    I really needed this post! I have been slacking so bad on my fitness goals. I actually started back on my exercising this week and am really motivated to stick with it! I’m definately giving this Motivational Money Jar a try! Such a great idea Lauren. Thanks!

  • Amanda Ebersole

    Lauren, this is such a great idea! I’ve been having some serious trouble staying motivated for the past month and I think this could really help! Thanks for the fantastic idea!!!

  • Zuleando

    I’ll start a diet and work-out sections everyday since october. I’m motivaded b/c I’m going to a wedding where I’ll meet a lot of my boyfriend’s family so I want to look really pretty that day. Lauren, would you be so kind and post an article about Fall Cocktail Wedding Dresses???

  • elisabetta

    Lauren, this is an amazing post!! During these days i’m eating a lot and i’m very worry about it because i’m not motivated!!but this could be a new experience!!thank you for sharing this idea!!

  • Deanne Castro

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  • Luana Monopoli

    That’s such a good idea! It’s so hard to keep motivated. For me, the best motivation is when I see the first results of the hard work in the gym. But I’m giving this Motivational Money Jar definitely a try! Thanks Lauren!!

  • Liz

    This is a great idea and I am definetely going to give this a try but I will need to keep cash in my wallet, I never have any.

  • Ambi s

    Great tips as ever!

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  • Amanda Kretchmer

    Really cool idea. Staying fit while treating yourself to something lovely.

  • Kaitlin Hubbard

    This is a WONDERFUL idea!! I’m definitely going to give this one a try! :)

  • Sarah Zubarik

    Amazing idea – As soon as I am given the ok to workout again (bad ankle), I’m all over this. In the meantime, I can make a really pretty jar to house the funds! :)

  • Katjusha Bricman

    This is a really good idea :) Plus… Start with small and at the end you have enough for a nice reward. Definitly love it! :)

  • Cesie Alvarez

    Time to take some cash out! This is a great idea! Once I’m done studying for the lsat I am definitely doing this (I know that’s an excuse to not work out– but really I will!).

  • Deanne Castro

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  • jmums

    Awesome Idea! I wonder if this will work for my husband while he tries to stop drinking so much pop?

  • Karie Obremski

    That’s a prefect motivational tip to help stay active during the coming chilly days! I love exercise and staying sit. I recently had intense leg surgery so I am immobile for about 4 months. :/ This really had put a damper on my fitness regime, but healthy eating is always at its best!

  • Rachel Trampel

    I LOVE this idea! It is seriously great :) I am going to do this for sure!

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  • Giselle Escamilla

    Wow what a great idea!

  • Ashley S Wilson

    This is just what I needed to read today! I am starting to go into hibernation mode where all I want to do is sleep and eat everything in sight! Thanks for the new idea!

  • Cassidy Short

    Such a great idea, I need to do this to stay motivated in the winter months!



  • christina jackson

    I love this but for mine I am using an old wine bottle so i can’t take money unless i break it.

  • Stacie

    @christina Jackson, that is a great idea! I was just thinking how this would never work for me bc I would just take money out of the jar whenever I need cash. lol.

  • Cynthia

    Hi Lauren,

    I have a money jar, too and I put in a dollar a day. I’ve saved up a lot of money already! I feel great.

    X, Cynthia

  • Kate Noto

    I’m using an old coffee container and putting my money in that.

  • mrsellieroop

    Such a wonderful idea, I can do this any time of the year.

  • Rosie Waldherr

    Good tip!!! I’ll try this out, definitely!! =D


  • Kelby Peachey

    This is a very clever idea!


  • Tiffani Stuart

    Good idea… Also, it may encourage me to carry cash, more. In this day in age, most of us use credit/debit cards. But I find that using cash helps me spend my money more wisely. I may have to consider this… but uh, Lauren… Isn’t that jar a little small??? lol

  • Charnele Michel

    Great idea for quick motivation!

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  • Kate Noto

    I keep my money in an old coffee can

  • misselizabeth

    I have been doing this for a couple months now! It’s great to keep track of my progress and “”save up”” to purchase items that I cannot justify buying right out. I feel like I have really earned my purchases and love them that much more

  • Audrey Mcmullen

    That’s a great trick! I’ll propose it to my personal training clients πŸ˜‰

  • Emmeline Staelens

    This is a great idea!

  • Aneesha Saroa

    I love this idea! very neat, gonna give it a try!!

  • jampbp

    I love this idea! I’m definitely going to give it a whirl this winter. New hot bod AND a new dress, how can you go wrong??

  • Sana kay

    Great idea! Think I might try it!

  • Katy Allaire

    I’ve been practicing this for a while. It’s great! It encourages me to stay motivated. Additionally, I have a hard time saving money, so I feel like I’m “”killing two birds with one stone.”” I’m using an old candle jar and the $1’s are really adding up!

  • Nicey

    I’m definitely going to put this In my home

  • Hannah

    I just LOVE this idea! Definately going to do this! :)

  • Melanie C

    Great idea will do!!

  • Malisa

    Love it

  • Jordyn Fender

    i SO will try! (when i have the money :) )

  • megan

    i love this idea, when I find a job (which will, hopefully, be soon) i’m going to start it! xo

  • Djam

    I like this idea. I’ll start doing it now

  • David

    Wow an awesome tip, worth sharing



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