Monday, January 31, 2011

Review: Blessing Banks

Amazingly, it doesn't take much to convince my kids to give. They are very free with their money and I have learned a lot from them in this department. I love the philosophy of the Blessing Bank site:
Handmade keepsakes that teach children "it is more blessed to give than to receive."
Based on Jesus' words in Acts 20:35, Blessing Banks are more than a gift; they are a lifelong lesson in the blessing of giving. They are available in handcrafted hardwoods for boys and girls, hand-painted ceramic and also in a hammered, silver-plated option. And Little Blessing Bags are a convenient way for collected change to bless someone with an immediate need.
 We received one of the Blessing Banks for Girls in oak:
They also sent us one of these little blessing bags:

The wooden banks are VERY well made and a nice display piece - something that we are happy to keep out which promotes more giving because we actually remember we have it. My girls scavenge for loose change all the time to put in the bank and they love to count it. We've decided to save up to buy a goat for a family in need. We're about 1/3 of the way there already...just with pocket change!

The wooden banks are $30 each. The little bags are $2.50 each. They also have a variety of ceramic banks and silver banks at various prices. They offer free shipping on orders over $10.

Overall, a very nice idea and one I'm more than happy to promote.

Disclosure: We received the items you see above for free for the purpose of review. We made our own decision to buy the goat and are in the process of filling up the bank all on our own as well. I keep a proper disclosure statement available right here.


Suz said...

I love this idea - I've been looking for a good money / allowance system - and these banks are so much better than a "piggy bank!"

Blommom said...

I like this bank. Each of our kids has three banks and an envelope for tithe. Actually, most of them are empty coffee containers, but it accomplishes the same thing. We've told our kids that the first 10% goes to God, the next 20% is saved for future spouse's wedding ring/honeymoon/starting expenses, the next 30% is savings, and they get to keep 40%. Right now that means we are funding all of it since they are too young to really make money on their own, but I hope we are setting a good foundation.