We found it a doddle for the first 9 months as the sums grew from €1 to €35 without much thought, but it was tough going, especially in November and December when we were saving over €200 per month each. But because we knew it was coming, we saved all our change in a tin, ok, it was a posh champagne tin from 2001 when suppliers used to send in nice gifts. Ah, the memories! Anyway, our tin had almost €130 inside and it weighed a ton. I'll confess to being very lazy and bringing it to the coin sorting machine in our local supermarket, rather than counting it out, bagging it up and lugging it to the bank. I know I paid a handling fee but the convenience swung it for me. Each to their own. It was still enough to cover our last week of saving with enough left over for a bottle of wine. And our bank account is looking very healthy indeed now that I've lodged the 2014 savings.
Now it's January once more and we're going to restart the savings plan for 2015. If you want to jump onboard, just print off the sheet above and take great pleasure in ticking off each week when you drop your coins into the pot.