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The Best Children’s Piggy Banks: A stylish penny saved is, well, still a penny.

Mar06

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The Buzz Off is on the late side today because the wallpaper in my kitchen requires many hours of painful removal. No, I haven’t been actually working on removing the paper. I have been procrastinating by researching topics to avoid the painful process which awaits me.
It seems about half of Max’s classmates are March babies and so every weekend has involved a party invitation. Before this month he was not invited to a single party. Either he was unpopular before and has finally started being nice or there weren’t a lot of birthdays in the class until now.
We got an invitation yesterday and when I asked Max what he thought his friend would like for her birthday gift, he replied, “She wants a bank for her money. She told me.”
Since it’s the year of the pig and I have to buy a bank for a little girl in the next week, I thought I’d share some of the banks I found today some are pigs and some are other animals who are equally capable of holding your child’s change.
poshpig.jpgPosh Pigs from Australia come in several cheerful and bright designs. Egiggle.com offers even more design choices so you can find the perfect one for your little saver. I am particularly fond of McPig.
countpiggy.jpgThis ‘Count Piggy’ is a bank which makes the cheap person in me run screaming for the hills. I love the contemporary look and the bold number design. So very contemporary. But when your child is ready to get the change out to the CoinStar machine you open the bank the “old-fashioned way: with a hammer! ” eeeek!
coink.jpgThis ‘Coink’ (get it?) bank is contemporary, a little more expensive but when it’s full and you’re ready for the CoinStar machine, you simply turn it over. The wide funnel opening allows you to save and retrieve your change in a quick dump.
piggyvilac.jpgThis cheerful wooden bank from Vilac is different than the streamlined white ceramic pigs but this pig you can’t really break. A spring loaded tail and high gloss paint make it cute in it’s own way. I can’t tell from the images how you get the money out. Hopefully the process does not involve a circular saw.
But let’s not limit ourselves to pigs. Lots of animals can hold your money quite well.
turtles.jpgThis mother and baby turtle bank set from David Desalvo is a cute way to show by example. You store your change in the larger turtle, your child drops his in the littler one. Slow and steady (saving) wins the race you know.
pinkelephant.jpgElephants are also excellent at holding money, they have large appetites and they never forget. This pink elephant from Vilac is wooden and though pink elephants are often a motif of drunkeness, they are also exceedingly cute as a gift.
dogbank.jpgMy dog obsessed daughter would never forgive me if I talked about banks and didn’t include a dog bank in the mix. This cute pup holds your change and looks cute at the same time. Not a dog person? (Madison can’t even believe that is possible.) How about a cat?
I could start back on the wallpaper project but instead I think I’ll start looking for information about Thursday’s Buzz Off project. On Thursday I would like to start an anti-junk party favor revolution.

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Melissa Summers

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3 Responses to “The Best Children’s Piggy Banks: A stylish penny saved is, well, still a penny.”

  1. Melanie Mar 07 at 12:12 am Reply

    My husband loves peeling wallpaper. You just need a bipolar person with some razor blades to come to your house and the wallpaper will be all set.
    I love the cat and dog bank, they look kind of anime to me, which is cool.

  2. Isabel Kallman
    Isabel Kallman Mar 07 at 12:55 am Reply

    I’ve always loved this “Money Savvy” pig. Not as stylish as those pretty banks above, but such a positive lesson taught every day.
    http://www.msgen.com/prod/assembled/money_savvy_pig.html
    Isabel

  3. Michelle Mar 07 at 2:39 pm Reply

    Thanks for the t-shirt. Very comfy.

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