The Ultimate SmartyPig Giveaway: $200!

Gooooooooooooooooood morning friends! Not only is today Pay Day, but it’s also “Give Away $200 Worth of Gift Cards Day!” Yup, SmartyPig & J. to the Motha F’in Dollar Sign is teaming up to give y’all some money and help spread the good financial word.  It’s a good time to be on this blog ;)

About SmartyPig

For those not already familiar with SmartyPig, they’re a free online piggy bank for people saving for specific financial goals – perhaps something like a wedding or vacay or even flat-screen TV. But unlike other banks (and this is where it turns sexy) SmartyPig allows your friends and family members to help you save by sharing your goal! All while keeping your personal information safe and secure.

Birthdays, holidays, graduation, that baby shower coming up? Tell them to log onto, search your email address, and help you get the stuff you REALLY want. They even have a widget you can grab off your account so you can promote it on your Facebook page ;) Pretty slick, right?

The SmartyPig Giveaway

To help spread the word, SmartyPig is giving us THREE gift cards to give out today – two $50 cards, and one grand prize $100 card!!! Which means you get three chances to win! All cards are redeemable right into your own SmartyPig account (you’ll have to create one free online if you don’t already have one, but don’t worry it’s pretty easy – I actually got to test the goods with a $50 card myself and it makes the process much happier ;) And if you’ve already got an account, great!  All you’ll have to do is plug in the gift code we give you and you’ll be all set.)

How to win!

This is the fun part :) All you have to do to enter is tell us WHAT you’re currently saving for – that’s it! Drop it in the comments below by this Sunday, June 20th, by 10pm EST and we’ll the winners there shortly after (and alert everyone on this very same post – so keep your eyes open!) I’ll go first:  I’m saving up for another trip abroad!  Can’t get enough these days… Now it’s Your turn, GOOD LUCK!  I hope they go out to my 3 favorite readers ;)

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The winners of these 3 spicy HOT giftcards are….drum roll please…. Amy R. ($50), Kelsey #2 (comment #86) ($50) and our GRAND PRIZE of $100 goes to…. Brent Schenk! Congrats all!!! I will be emailing you shortly for your mailing information. Keep on saving everyone!

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  1. Sense June 15, 2010 at 7:33 AM

    Oooh! Neat! Ok, I’ll play.

    I’m saving up for a trip to Australia!

    Thanks for the opportunity, J. to the Dollar Sign and SmartyPig!

  2. Lynn June 15, 2010 at 7:34 AM

    I just opened my SmartyPig account 2 weeks ago. I am saving for a trip to Disney World in December!

  3. Mark Roberts June 15, 2010 at 7:35 AM

    First of all J, I love your contests, they are always fun and the prize is always something worthwhile!

    My wife and I are currently saving for a new bed. Not what one would generally save for but it’s the same queen size one she has had since getting out of high school in 2004 and it just needs to be replaced so any of the gift cards would help for sure!

  4. Cindy June 15, 2010 at 7:42 AM

    We’re saving for the downpayment on our first house right now. Already at SmartyPig, so this would be perfect!

  5. Rainy-Day Saver June 15, 2010 at 7:53 AM

    We’re saving to redo the upstairs bathroom that has knotty pine walls — ew! Thanks for the contest, J!

  6. Jake June 15, 2010 at 8:02 AM

    Great contest!

    I’m currently saving for a new used car. I have been roaming the streets of DC in the heat and I can’t take it anymore!

  7. Nicole June 15, 2010 at 8:05 AM

    I’m saving for my expenses for senior year of college – books, parking permit, booze. Ya know, the usual.However, those expenses also include life post graduation and although that’s exciting its still kinda really scary at the same time.

  8. Brandi Abel June 15, 2010 at 8:12 AM

    In a quick run down of my goals that I keep repeating to myself over and over again:

    Lose Weight
    Get Healthy
    Pay Off Sallie Mae
    Buy House

    We can translate those into things I’m saving for:

    New SEXY clothes for my new SEXY body
    New Workout Clothes and Equipment for my new SEXY body
    A HUGE extra payment at the end of each month to pay down Principle Balance!!
    A little extra each month into my House Fund!!

    I LOVE saving for a specific goal. Only problem…once I have that huge amount saved up…I struggle actually spending it! But I’ll take that problem over the other option….

    Thanks for all the giveaways J.!!

  9. Timothy D June 15, 2010 at 8:14 AM

    I’m saving up for my trip to Tasmania this December. I am so looking forward to it.

  10. Caitlin June 15, 2010 at 8:23 AM

    We’re saving up for trips this year to D.C., Houston, Leaping Arches in Utah, and Wisconsin!

  11. KT June 15, 2010 at 8:26 AM

    I’m saving up for another school year’s worth of textbooks =/

  12. Adam June 15, 2010 at 8:29 AM

    This is another fun and exciting giveaway. I (as well as my fiance) am saving for the wedding/honeymoon combination for next year. Thanks!

  13. Jenn June 15, 2010 at 8:32 AM

    New skates! I’ve just joined a roller derby league and I’m spending a fortune on gear… bought a cheap pair of starter skates that will need to be upgraded in about a year if I stick with it!

  14. Darrell June 15, 2010 at 8:32 AM

    Three week honeymoon in Europe!

  15. JBird_1205 June 15, 2010 at 8:32 AM

    This is so weird, I just found out about SmartyPig this morning while watching Good Morning America. Well, I’m saving up for my baby. We just found out that I’m due next spring. It’s very exciting. Fingers crossed!!

    Thanks SmartyPig and J.Money for this great opp!

  16. Em June 15, 2010 at 8:36 AM

    I’m saving up for a vacation to Italy in a year and a half. Can’t start too early!

  17. Daniel June 15, 2010 at 8:38 AM

    First, I love SmartyPig, they’re simply the best.

    Second, I’m saving up so I can take a pay cut for a job I actually want!

  18. Sarah Fowler June 15, 2010 at 8:44 AM

    I’m saving for a Nikon D90 DSLR camera!

  19. Mary June 15, 2010 at 8:47 AM

    I’m saving for a real vacation (you know, one where I travel more than 2 hours away)!

  20. Lynne June 15, 2010 at 8:56 AM

    Hey J-

    We are in stage 2 of a long long landscaping project. We are saving up for a timber framed pergola.

    Love the contest!!

  21. Vishal Boda June 15, 2010 at 9:00 AM

    Hey J,

    For long time i have been saving money to buy a good e-reader.

    I am tired of hearing abt the cutting of the trees and stuff………

    I think e reader are the way to go…

    Thanks for the oppurtunity

  22. Jason June 15, 2010 at 9:01 AM

    We’re saving to get my wife a professional-grade camera to turn into another income stream.

  23. Liz June 15, 2010 at 9:04 AM

    I’m saving for a vacation in the fall – hopefully escaping cold New England weather for a vacation to the Caribbean : )

  24. Matt June 15, 2010 at 9:04 AM

    I’m using my SmartyPig account to save up for a new laptop.

  25. Janna Lightcap June 15, 2010 at 9:06 AM

    I’m saving for a trip to California to attend Blizzcon. :x

  26. Bucksome Boomer June 15, 2010 at 9:12 AM

    I’m saving up for a six months emergency fund. Not as fun as some of the others, but necessary.

  27. ashley June 15, 2010 at 9:15 AM

    I’m using my SmartyPig account to save for a new A/C unit for my house.

  28. kimmie June 15, 2010 at 9:16 AM

    i’m aggressively paying down my debt…but am simultaneously saving up to fly to canada (surprisingly/ridiculously expensive since i live near chicago and am headed to the glittering province of saskatchewan…) to see my heart :)

  29. Shauna June 15, 2010 at 9:18 AM

    Ummmm…we just found out that I am knocked up so we are saving for a new baby!

  30. rachel crisman June 15, 2010 at 9:21 AM

    I have many tiny amounts of money saved in several places for things I can’t afford.Which is everything,ha!I am saving for a trip to New York to see my sister,she just moved there.Also,I am saving for my sons birthday.Those are my main ones right now. Thanks and have a nice week!

  31. amy June 15, 2010 at 9:21 AM

    we’re saving in smartypig for a trip to DISNEY….to celebrate being debt free!! this would be AWESOME!!

  32. Mrs. Money June 15, 2010 at 9:21 AM

    A boob job!

    JK new furniture!

  33. Stacey June 15, 2010 at 9:22 AM

    I’m saving for many things – but the one dearest to my heart right now is the kitchen renovation! Counting down the days until we start that renovation later this summer.

  34. Laura In Atlanta June 15, 2010 at 9:27 AM

    Me? LOL . . . Im saving cuz I have never saved before! 43 years old and at age 39, I realized that I was screwed! So, right now . . .working on saving for a $10,000 EF (I’m at $6k right now) and working to save $50K in another regular savings account by time I turn 50. 50K by 50, I say! A nice long term goal, but I think i can make it. This Smarty Pig promotion gift card would be awesome as I have though about transferring my savings goal from ING to Smarty Pig.

    Tis hard, I have really become aware of my cash flow since the economy tanked. It’s been a real wake up call!

  35. Jeff @ sustainablelifeblog June 15, 2010 at 9:32 AM

    I’m saving for a vacation in the fall – I think Maine, but I’m not sure yet.

  36. Kelly June 15, 2010 at 9:33 AM

    I’m saving for my wedding in October.

  37. Susan June 15, 2010 at 9:38 AM

    I’m saving for a long beach trip with my family!

  38. SD4673 June 15, 2010 at 9:40 AM

    I signed up with Smarty Pig about 2 months. So far I love it. Right now I’m saving up for a down payment on a house, a new laptop, and Christmas gifts.

  39. Mike June 15, 2010 at 9:43 AM

    I’m saving up for college expenses for the fall semester.

  40. Adrienna June 15, 2010 at 9:46 AM

    I’m saving up for a vintage Triumph motorcycle. And possibly a Lambretta. I’m a rocker AND a mod.

  41. Meghan June 15, 2010 at 9:47 AM

    I’m saving for my next vacation to visit my sister who lives in Chile!

  42. Brent Schenk June 15, 2010 at 9:51 AM

    im saving up for a trip to colorado to visit my dad and his family

  43. Dave W June 15, 2010 at 9:58 AM

    Saving for a BBQ in our new house.


  44. Curt June 15, 2010 at 9:58 AM

    I’m saving for tuition for grad school and shooting to have the house paid off by graduation.

  45. Jenna June 15, 2010 at 10:02 AM

    I’m saving for my wedding.

  46. michelle June 15, 2010 at 10:09 AM

    yay smartypig (and savings)! i’m saving for a brand new car, puppy expenses (for when i actually get a dog) and wedding payments (even though i’m not quite yet engaged) :)

  47. Khaleef @ KNS Financial June 15, 2010 at 10:14 AM

    I am on my way to losing 100lbs and I am saving for a mini shopping spree!

  48. Chris June 15, 2010 at 10:16 AM

    I’m saving for my wedding next year, but still have a long way to go!

  49. Sherri June 15, 2010 at 10:16 AM

    I am saving up so I can get a new laptop! The one I’m on has glue on the bottom hinges, broken USB ports, a CD drive that hardly works, a bent and taped up a/c adapter, and something rattling inside! It is seriously time to replace this thing. Help me please :-)!!!

  50. momcents June 15, 2010 at 10:21 AM

    We’re boring at my house and we’re currently saving up to pay off our second mortgage. Only $28k to go!

  51. Emily June 15, 2010 at 10:27 AM

    I’m saving up to complete an internship at the International Criminal Tribunal in Tanzania. I’m also saving up to take a big trip after I graduate law school and take the Bar.

  52. Molly June 15, 2010 at 10:28 AM

    I’m saving up for laser hair removal… Then I can go to the beach ANY day! Well, you know, if I had a beach near me :)

  53. Ryan June 15, 2010 at 10:36 AM

    Currently saving up for a 2 year anniversary trip to Florida this fall!

  54. Aaron June 15, 2010 at 10:42 AM

    I am currently saving for a new car. My car has 180,000 miles on it and I don’t know when she’ll go. My goal is to save 8,000 dollars by the end of the year and be ready for a new car if I need one. I’m just saving $400 dollars every month as if it was a car payment.

  55. Meghan June 15, 2010 at 10:43 AM

    Shoot me, but I’m saving for a pair of Manolo Blahniks. My debts are paid and my emergency fund is solid, I just can’t bring myself to dip into e-cash for shoes, fabulous though they are!

  56. Chris June 15, 2010 at 10:45 AM

    I am saving for a car. My husband and I have managed to share a car for the last eight years. We are now planning on having a second child and have decided that a second car would be a good thing to have. Our plan is to save up whatever we can until I get pregnant and then try to stretch it another 4 months or so after I get pregnant. Whatever we have saved by that time will be our car budget!

  57. Lara June 15, 2010 at 10:48 AM

    Nice. I’m saving for a vacation next summer. This summer we are all staying home to make sure we build up our reserves again, after we depleted them to buy a bigger house… so no money for vacay this year.

  58. Jackie June 15, 2010 at 10:55 AM

    I’m saving for a new MacBook Pro after my old one gave out.

  59. Eric June 15, 2010 at 11:01 AM

    saving up for trip to Disneyworld

  60. Kelsey June 15, 2010 at 11:06 AM

    My husband and I have two goals on SmartyPig – a 6 month emergency fund (about 40% of the way there) and a down payment for a house (about 30% there). :)

  61. Laura June 15, 2010 at 11:06 AM

    I am saving for a family vacation! I don’t know where yet – I guess that depends on how much I can save ;)

  62. Indi June 15, 2010 at 11:21 AM

    Hey J! I’m saving to help my sister with her wedding (very sexy) AND for daughter’s next school year’s lunch money fund (definitely LESS sexy!). You rock! Thanks for the info and the opportunity :-)

  63. Allison June 15, 2010 at 11:23 AM

    Already have a smarty pig account so this would be great. We are saving for a down payment on a new house.

  64. mi June 15, 2010 at 11:27 AM

    saving for a trip!!! to new orleans or curacao…

  65. mi June 15, 2010 at 11:28 AM

    and yeah, already have a smarty pig account too. their avatars are the best :-) saving for a tripppppppppp!

  66. Kevin June 15, 2010 at 11:37 AM

    I’m saving for an engagement ring so I can propose to my girlfriend :)

  67. Tara June 15, 2010 at 11:45 AM

    I’m saving up to move into a new apartment, not only will I have enough for first, last and a deposit by the time I’m done, but I’ll also have enough to buy a super comfy bed!

  68. Lyndsey S. June 15, 2010 at 11:48 AM

    I’m saving up to replace the window motor on the drivers side of my car. It’s been a hot summer in Atlanta without working car windows….

  69. Alex June 15, 2010 at 12:01 PM

    I am currently saving up for a road bike.

  70. Emily June 15, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    I’m saving for my wedding–the reception, specifically, which we’re having at a very fancy restaurant (we’re keeping the guest list super small–excellent food is important to me!) :)

  71. DD June 15, 2010 at 12:14 PM

    I’m saving for attorney fees. OUCH!!!!

  72. Rivka June 15, 2010 at 12:22 PM

    We’re saving for a house downpayment. One day…

  73. Christy June 15, 2010 at 12:36 PM

    Saving for a house downpayment :)

  74. Ace June 15, 2010 at 12:42 PM

    Saving for a down payment! Thanks for the contest J!

  75. Lee June 15, 2010 at 12:56 PM

    Saving to convert our unused attic space into a man-cave!

  76. Karmella June 15, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    I’ve got accounts at Smarty Pig for vacation and a new car

  77. Annalisa Spencer June 15, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    I’m saving for a treadmill! I just had a baby so I cancelled my gym membership (since I can’t take her with me). I’ve gotta find a way to exercise at home in order to keep my sanity (and maybe drop a little babyweight as well). :)

  78. David June 15, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    I’m saving for my honeymoon to Jamaica this October.

    Loving the blog

  79. Katie June 15, 2010 at 1:16 PM

    Saving to move from Houston to Seattle so my husband can go to school at UW :) Also saving for the required Mac Book Pro he needs.

  80. christi June 15, 2010 at 1:32 PM

    I’m saving up for the birth of my second child!

  81. Karen Kay June 15, 2010 at 1:33 PM

    I’m saving for a trip to Scotland for my 60th birthday celebration, my Pilates sessions, and for extra paydown of my mortgage.

  82. Albert June 15, 2010 at 1:36 PM

    Woohoo! I LOVE SMARTYPIG! Talk about a truly dynamic and easy way to save for a specific goal….
    I’m saving for my emergency fund :)

  83. Rachel June 15, 2010 at 1:43 PM

    Saving for his ten-year anniversary present next year.

  84. MrsGee June 15, 2010 at 1:45 PM

    What an awesome concept! I’m heading over to check out their website right away.

    I’m currently saving towards a new laptop for myself and an outdoor playset for my sons.

  85. Jeff June 15, 2010 at 1:45 PM

    Saving to travel the world.

  86. Kelsey June 15, 2010 at 1:55 PM

    What a great contest! I’m saving for a trip I booked for August 2011 to Amsterdam, Paris and London. I set up a monthly payment plan and I’m saving a little extra for souvenirs and other expenses. :)

  87. kimberly June 15, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    I’m also saving for a trip abroad – one that’s so long overdue!!

  88. jennifer June 15, 2010 at 2:11 PM

    I am still saving for my boat! haha! … and of course you are more than welcome to take a ride on it one day!

  89. Mark June 15, 2010 at 2:25 PM

    I’m saving to replace my 17 year old car. It currently has 220,000 miles on it and it is still running strong. But eventually it will be time to replace my trusty Subaru and I want to have the money in the bank, ready to go.


  90. Kevin I June 15, 2010 at 2:27 PM

    Still saving up for a new computer so I can get my webcomic up and running again!

  91. Lauren June 15, 2010 at 2:41 PM

    I’m saving up for grad school!

  92. Kari June 15, 2010 at 2:41 PM

    I’m saving up to go to business school part-time next year and a new laptop. Thanks!

  93. ms lollygagger June 15, 2010 at 2:42 PM

    I’m saving for a new bedroom set. We’re moving to San Diego next week and not taking any of our furniture!

  94. Mistress Susan June 15, 2010 at 2:51 PM

    I am saving up to pay someone to design a business template for me.

  95. Stephanie June 15, 2010 at 2:58 PM

    A trip to Peru after the summer!

  96. Jenni June 15, 2010 at 2:59 PM

    I’m saving for my wedding with SmartyPig!

  97. Caity June 15, 2010 at 3:29 PM

    I’m saving up for a case (step two) for my new dslr (step one). While not the most frugal of purchases, I got a fantastic deal and am planning to keep doing photo work for others as an extra (and extra fun!) stream of income :) What can beat your passion AND money?!

  98. Erin June 15, 2010 at 3:32 PM

    Saving for new furniture.

  99. Jackie June 15, 2010 at 3:42 PM

    my husband and I have started a “babyfund” to have 3 months of expenses saved so i can stay home for 3 months :)

  100. Katie June 15, 2010 at 3:44 PM

    We’re saving for a vacation to Florida.

  101. M June 15, 2010 at 3:45 PM

    Currently I’ve been saving just for the future…but also with the goal in mind of buying a new car next year.

  102. Adam June 15, 2010 at 3:45 PM

    We are saving for a new boiler for our house in the winter…i know its boring!

  103. Justin Hollender June 15, 2010 at 3:53 PM

    I was saving just to save, but now I am about to start saving for a nice anniversary trip next year since my wife and I didn’t have much extra money to do anything this year.

  104. Lisa June 15, 2010 at 3:54 PM

    I’m saving for a kitchen remodel

  105. Tricia June 15, 2010 at 4:16 PM

    Just opened a new account to save for yet *another* bar exam. 3 states is 3 bar exams too many.

  106. Amanda June 15, 2010 at 4:22 PM

    I’m saving for a house! That’s right, my own house. Now I just need some bank for the down payment, furniture, remodeling expenses, etc etc etc.

    Great contest!

  107. Megan June 15, 2010 at 4:23 PM

    Sweet! I’m saving up for my wedding and beyond! My fiancée Steve and I are getting married New Years Eve, and then I will be moving down to his Army base for the next year or so. Any bit of money to help keep us afloat as we navigate married life would be great! :)

  108. Red June 15, 2010 at 4:28 PM

    My husband and I are saving up enough money to pay cash for our first home! :)

  109. Julianna June 15, 2010 at 4:29 PM

    a new laptop and CS software for school!

  110. Nick June 15, 2010 at 4:29 PM

    We are in need of a new car desperately.

  111. jessica W June 15, 2010 at 4:31 PM

    Saving up to finalize my daughter’s adoption. Just some county legal fees to pay for an then she can get a US passport and be off her green card. :)

  112. Christina June 15, 2010 at 4:32 PM

    I am saving for a new house!

  113. Jesse June 15, 2010 at 4:42 PM

    Love the pig, their site is so clean! My savings goal in there is for a Piano, but seeing as I just was given one by a relative, that is now Piano accessories! (books, maybe a guitar to go along with it, etc.)

  114. Megan June 15, 2010 at 5:05 PM

    We want to take our kids to go to Disneyland in 18months with their cousins.

  115. jen thorpe June 15, 2010 at 5:05 PM

    new ac/furnace, plantation shutters, college for the kids—all high dollar items:(

  116. Kat June 15, 2010 at 5:06 PM

    I’m saving to pay off my student loans! Take THAT Sallie Mae!!

  117. Nate R June 15, 2010 at 5:18 PM

    I’m currently saving up to be able to attend my brother’s wedding without using credit.

  118. schismarch June 15, 2010 at 5:26 PM

    I’m saving for an iPad. :)

  119. Meg June 15, 2010 at 5:38 PM

    I’m saving up for a Limited Slip Differential for the Miata, my LSD. :P

  120. Jen June 15, 2010 at 5:39 PM

    I’m saving for a trip to California. :)

  121. Jen June 15, 2010 at 5:42 PM

    I am currently saving for my tuition, as well as for some traveling I want to do to south America. I want to do this outreach trip at my university in which we travel to do community service down there.
    i kinda also need new speakers =]

  122. D'Anne June 15, 2010 at 5:50 PM

    I am saving for a new oven. Mine is 30 years old and burns/doesn’t cook on any given day, and I love, love, love to bake.

  123. Helen Gibson June 15, 2010 at 5:51 PM

    I’m saving for a trip to Argentina! With my husband :)

  124. Maria June 15, 2010 at 6:00 PM

    Saving for a trip back to Maui to renew our wedding vows.

  125. Janann Eldredge June 15, 2010 at 6:05 PM

    It’s not very exciting or as fun as some of the others,but I am saving for health insurance because I was laid off last summer and my COBRA coverage will run out in September!

    Good luck everybody!

  126. Amy R. June 15, 2010 at 6:09 PM

    Saving for a week at a cabin this summer.

  127. E-Money June 15, 2010 at 6:14 PM

    Saving for a REAL honeymoon, the one we didn’t take 10 years ago. :)

  128. Whitney June 15, 2010 at 6:15 PM

    Right now we are saving up for our 3rd little one to arrive in December! Exciting, but expensive!!

  129. Adam June 15, 2010 at 6:17 PM

    I’m saving for a trip the Big Apple! :)

  130. Angie June 15, 2010 at 6:27 PM

    I’m saving for a bunch of things! The biggie right now is a set of good Calphalon pans. I know it’s not as exciting as a vacation, but $500 for all the pans I want is a lot of money, and I would use them every day with a great deal of joy. :)

  131. AmyF June 15, 2010 at 6:31 PM

    I am saving for a trip to Brazil – to meet my in-laws for the first time!!!

  132. gina lang June 15, 2010 at 6:43 PM

    we are saving for a trip to arizona to see my fil. he wont fly an we live in ohio.

  133. Becky June 15, 2010 at 6:56 PM

    Fun, fun! I wanna play!

    I’m saving up for a new (used) car when I move back to the US!

  134. Eric June 15, 2010 at 6:57 PM

    Saving for graduate school tuition for my wife!

  135. Agus June 15, 2010 at 7:11 PM

    I am saving for a new house

  136. Suzanne June 15, 2010 at 7:12 PM

    My husband and I are saving for a down payment on a home for our family. We are in the BAD position of owning two townhomes (we’re trying to sell) and want a home big enough for four. Great contest thanks for letting everyone play!
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  137. Brian June 15, 2010 at 7:31 PM

    Paris, always saving a little bit in the background for the ever present “gotta visit Paris” trip. I honestly didn’t know that Smarty Pig was anything more than a savings/budgeting-type blog. Did not know you could actually setup accounts there, so I’ll have to check that out.

  138. AceKen June 15, 2010 at 7:51 PM

    I am saving up for a new phone. Mine is close to 5 years old, freezes sometimes and does some pretty weird stuff (still works though)…but it’s now time for an upgrade! Iphone 4…maybe?

  139. Donna Freedman June 15, 2010 at 8:02 PM

    I’m saving for a trip back to South Jersey to see my dad and other relatives and friends in the area. Hoping to time it so that I can still enjoy the last of the tomatoes but it’s not quite so stinkin’ hot and humid. aMaybe even go “down the shore” and walk on the beach.

  140. Kimmy June 15, 2010 at 8:08 PM

    Awesome idea. I am saving for several things (trip to Russia with friends next summer), but my current obsession is the Expesso Fitness upright bike – it has a built in TV screen with virtual bike trails that you can ride, or my favorite – you can play a game connecting coins to “slay dragons” – it motivates you to work out more because it turns cardio into a video game. Having one in my bedroom would just be awesome. Wish me luck!

  141. Laura June 15, 2010 at 8:44 PM

    Wohoo! I’m still saving for baby numero uno.

  142. JR Breneman June 15, 2010 at 8:46 PM

    I’m saving for a nice new set of speakers for my home entertainment center (which is still rather small and desperately needing additions!).

  143. Sarah June 15, 2010 at 8:46 PM

    I’m saving for a grill accompanied with decently-priced patio furniture for summer grilling!

  144. LindyMint June 15, 2010 at 8:58 PM

    Smarty Pig = genius!
    I am saving to replace the World’s Ugliest Ceiling Fan in my bedroom, so I don’t have to gaze upon ugliness as I drift to dreamland every night.

  145. Op June 15, 2010 at 9:24 PM

    im saving for an hd camera!

  146. Jan June 15, 2010 at 9:36 PM

    I’m saving up so that I can move back out of my parents’ place. (Yes, I was forced to move back home due to a crazy landlord)

  147. J. Money June 15, 2010 at 9:55 PM

    Congrats on all the new babies y’all are producing!!! This is really fun to read :) So many exotic vacations mixed with extremely practical goals too – so interesting. Keep ’em coming!

  148. ccw June 15, 2010 at 10:01 PM

    bikes for me and the missus!

  149. Ernest S. June 15, 2010 at 10:29 PM

    Thanks for offering such a generous contest to your readers.

    My wife and I are saving for some home improvements. Specifically, we would really like to restore or rebuild our deck. We’ve been hesitant with inviting company over since our deck feels like it’s going to fall apart any minute.

  150. DCBuppie June 15, 2010 at 10:44 PM

    Emergency Fund!

  151. MyFinancialObjectives June 15, 2010 at 10:44 PM

    I am currently saving for a Buick LaCrosse!!! 2 years baby and I will be paying CASH for my new ride:)

  152. tom June 15, 2010 at 10:46 PM

    Granite countertops!

  153. CupcakeCaliBride June 15, 2010 at 10:46 PM

    I’m saving for our wedding/honeymoon!

  154. txsuperman June 16, 2010 at 1:16 AM

    Im saving so I can stop Living paycheck to paycheck

  155. Dpetersen June 16, 2010 at 1:33 AM

    I’m saving for a 20% downpayment!

  156. Nate June 16, 2010 at 1:47 AM

    Building my emergency fund.

  157. Financial Samurai June 16, 2010 at 2:43 AM

    Nice! Thnx for the chance to win.

    I’m saving so that I can simply retire early. There’s no bigger reason than saving for freedom!

  158. Frances June 16, 2010 at 9:19 AM

    Trying to add to the travel fund I’m about to put a dent in :)

  159. Spencer June 16, 2010 at 10:12 AM

    I’m saving for a new car and a dining room table. Would be a vacation, but wrapped that up earlier this year and am heading out this weekend!

  160. Oren June 16, 2010 at 10:34 AM

    Saving up to invest in a marketing campaign for my business.

  161. Lynda June 16, 2010 at 11:55 AM

    Cool!!! I’m saving up for a dslr and then a vacation.

  162. Kate June 16, 2010 at 12:17 PM

    I have two smartypig accounts going! One for emergencies and one for house projects and a first trip to Europe for me and my husband. Can’t wait! Love the contest.

  163. Donna June 16, 2010 at 12:24 PM

    I am only doing the boring. Saving for retirement, we are so far behind of where we should be. I will be saving on the side to return to Oklahoma to see my two beautiful grandkids again (age 12 days and 8 years). Thanks for the contest J.

  164. Christine June 16, 2010 at 12:28 PM

    I signed up for Smartypig a few weeks ago after you let us know about it! Currently saving for a Hawaii trip and for Christmas gift funds! Thanks J Money and SmartyPig!

  165. Rebecca June 16, 2010 at 1:51 PM

    Smarty pig rocks!

    I am saving for some remodeling projects and a new car.

  166. Courtney June 16, 2010 at 4:02 PM

    I’m saving to have a ton of insulation added to the house I just bought. I can’t believe it’s something none of the previous owners did since the pipes freeze regularly every winter, but to each his own, I suppose!

  167. Jessica C June 16, 2010 at 5:48 PM

    We are saving up our emergency fund, and some summer road trips, then it is a big trip next year!

    I just signed up because of this post! (Now I need to negotiate the amounts with my husband!)

  168. C Tyson June 16, 2010 at 6:37 PM

    I’m saving for emergencies.

  169. Shelley June 16, 2010 at 6:50 PM

    I am saving for E-Fund, Holiday Fund 2010, Car insurance. I LOVE SmartyPig!

  170. peggy June 16, 2010 at 8:02 PM

    I’m currently saving for a new mattress. When did they get so expensive?

  171. Jane June 16, 2010 at 9:22 PM

    I’m in graduate school for my doctorate and I graduate in May 2011 – in December 2011/January 2012 my boyfriend and I are going to take a trip to Australia, and I’m saving for that!

  172. kseahag June 16, 2010 at 9:49 PM

    I’m currently saving for a trip to Alaska for my 25’th wedding anniversary

  173. Caroline June 16, 2010 at 10:44 PM

    I created a savings goal for a new computer. I don’t ABSOLUTELY NEED a new computer but I do need it., if you know what I mean.. :P

  174. Jennifer June 17, 2010 at 12:22 AM

    I signed up for Smartypig a few months ago and I love it so far. At the moment, I’m saving up for Christmas gifts, a down payment on a Condo, and a trip I plan on taking this year.

  175. Mariza June 17, 2010 at 1:23 AM

    I’m saving for new blinds for my house!

  176. shel June 17, 2010 at 4:37 AM

    I’m saving for Pergo flooring in our dining and living room…although I’m willing to do a lower grade faux wood plank flooring at this point just to get it done.

  177. Stephanie June 17, 2010 at 8:31 AM

    I’m saving for an emergency fund. I just bought a house and am still waiting for the tax credit to come in, so my emergency fund is a little low at the moment. I like the idea of this website!

  178. Cathi June 17, 2010 at 10:21 AM

    I’m saving up for Christmas for my kids.

  179. Jen June 17, 2010 at 12:20 PM

    I’m saving for hardwood floors, an bigger emergency fund & a car maintenance fund.

  180. Anh June 17, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    I’m saving for a vacation with my entire family next summer.

  181. Kelly June 17, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    I’m currently saving to pay off my car!

  182. Craig June 17, 2010 at 1:55 PM

    I am currently saving for the new iphone that hopefully will come out at some point, although all the preorders are donskie.

  183. Rhiannon June 17, 2010 at 3:21 PM

    Oh, I love Smarty Pig so!
    I’m using it to build my emergency fund. I’m also saving so that I can pay for a voice over demo in cash…using my money to make more money!

  184. Carrie June 17, 2010 at 6:06 PM

    We’re saving for some new couches… we decided now that the kids are older, it was time for some grown-up furniture.

  185. Maria June 17, 2010 at 6:26 PM

    Saving for a trip to Maui!

  186. Lucia June 17, 2010 at 8:18 PM

    I’m saving up for two things- 1. an iPad and 2. a much needed tropical vacation

  187. Jamie June 18, 2010 at 7:53 AM

    Hmmm… lots of things… our TV has died, so I suppose we are saving for a new one of those and also a second baby on the way! Thanks for hosting.

  188. Beth June 18, 2010 at 10:23 AM

    I’m saving for a trip abroad. Each year Sonia King, the mosaic artist, leads a class where you spend part of the day viewing ancient/historic mosaics and part of the day working on a mosaic of your own. I so want to go!

  189. Jackie June 18, 2010 at 11:15 AM

    I’m currently saving for an HD TV and a PS3.

  190. AprilFire June 18, 2010 at 11:28 AM

    I am currently savings towards a trip to Seattle in September, a trip to Vegas in January and trying to start my emergency fund.

    Thank you for putting this on!

  191. Sheena June 18, 2010 at 12:32 PM

    My hubby and I are saving for a new car, Christmas, and Disney mainly….

  192. Ashley June 18, 2010 at 12:49 PM

    Right now, I’m saving up to go to Japan!!! :D

  193. Marilyn June 18, 2010 at 3:15 PM

    Since we just stayed in at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge we got an itch to go to Africa. We are saving for a Mount Kilimanjaro Climb!

  194. Jazz June 18, 2010 at 6:32 PM

    I am saving up for an emergency fund , a trip to europe and an 32 gb wifi + 3g ipad

  195. Ron Toledo June 18, 2010 at 6:44 PM

    I’m currently saving for a vacation to Fiji.

  196. Molly Anne June 18, 2010 at 8:42 PM

    Great Blog!

    Saving up for B-School!!

  197. Lazo June 18, 2010 at 10:54 PM

    Cool idea!

    I’m saving up for the new MS Office 2010! (might be able to get the ‘student’ price…just finished up my MBA :P)

  198. Shannon Lutz June 19, 2010 at 8:26 AM

    I am saving up to pay off my car this year. Every bit of extra $ I get is going directly into an account that I use to make payments.

  199. Allen June 19, 2010 at 8:42 AM

    I’m saving toward my emergency funds.

  200. Sharon June 19, 2010 at 6:40 PM

    I’m saving for my nestegg for retirement.

  201. Clarissa June 20, 2010 at 9:38 AM

    I am saving to buy my fiance his wedding ring.

  202. Dung June 20, 2010 at 9:55 AM

    I’m saving for a trip to Georgia in October for my nieces’ tae kwon do tournament.

  203. Cassandra June 20, 2010 at 3:17 PM

    I’m saving up for a new computer.

  204. Abella June 20, 2010 at 4:25 PM

    I’m saving like mad for a new place. We’ve outgrown this one, and the neighborhood has changed for the worse. Better school district, here we come!

  205. Nikki June 20, 2010 at 5:39 PM

    My husband and I are saving up for a down payment on a new house!

  206. Jessica June 20, 2010 at 7:34 PM

    I’m saving for a vacation to Vermont.

  207. Julie June 20, 2010 at 9:14 PM

    I have 2 goals set up right now…one for this year’s Christmas presents and one for a new car down payment a few years from now!

  208. katie June 20, 2010 at 10:11 PM

    I am saving for my trip to be an au pair in germany for a year!

  209. Glen June 20, 2010 at 10:57 PM

    Right now I’m saving for a down payment for a Toyota Venza!

  210. Aaron June 20, 2010 at 10:58 PM

    iPhone 4 iPhone 4 iPhone 4

  211. Revanche June 20, 2010 at 10:58 PM

    I know I’m your fav reader so I’ll keep an eye out for a GC to go towards my savings to take a trip somewhere ridiculawesome next year! :)

  212. Gustavo Barquero June 20, 2010 at 11:04 PM

    I am saving for my retirement and my kids college. I am debt free and I want them to be debt free once they finish college.

  213. Doctor S June 20, 2010 at 11:04 PM

    I am saving up to pay off that woman Sallie Mae. One day one day.

  214. Alice June 20, 2010 at 11:05 PM

    I am saving for my nanny conference next year that runs total anywhere from $600 to $1000. I used Smartypig this year for my conference fees, airfare, and hotel fees. It was so awesome to have the “cash” already in the bank before I left on the plane! I <3 Smartypig and their great service! I have turned alot of nannies on them and this blog!

  215. Tiffany June 20, 2010 at 11:06 PM

    Emergency Fund of three months expenses, and money to see multiple shows next time my favorite band tours!

  216. Sandi June 20, 2010 at 11:21 PM

    We’re saving for our trip to Washington DC next year! Also, we’re buying a house right now, and will need some stuff for it once we move in.

  217. Laura June 20, 2010 at 11:22 PM

    I am saving for an apartment!

  218. J. Money June 21, 2010 at 1:22 AM


    And the winners are…..
    The first $50: Amy R.
    The second $50: Kelsey #2 (comment #86)
    And the GRAND PRIZE of $100: Brent Schenk! CONGRATS EVERYONE!!! I hope this money helps each and every one of you get closer to your goals :) Keep on saving!

  219. Nicole June 21, 2010 at 1:30 AM

    <3 SmartyPig and <3 this contest! I'm saving to pay off my college tuition :)