Using Money to Break a Bad Habit: The Return of the Swear Jar

Lately I’ve noticed that I have become quite the potty mouth. I wasn’t always this way. In fact, I didn’t even learn any good swear words until I was in college and my roommate taught me all she knew. (Yes, I led a very sheltered life.) Unfortunately, I’ve taken her teachings to a new extreme lately. Whether it’s the company I’m keeping that’s setting a bad example, media exposure, or a general relaxing of the social stigma against swearing, I find myself cussing more. A lot more.

The turning point came a few weeks ago. After I completed my most recent marathon, my husband, mother-in-law (who was in town for the holidays) and I returned to the house


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4 Responses to Using Money to Break a Bad Habit: The Return of the Swear Jar

  1. Christina says:

    We started to do this for our bad habits: leaving a vacated room’s light(s) on; leaving the toilet seat up or forgetting to flush; and yes, swearing. We can’t even say “it’s a bit chilly” in our house so I think my puritanical kid’s got a shot at a college fund.

  2. Joan says:

    It might help to designate that money in the swear jar will go somewhere you really would rather it did not go to.

  3. Lori says:

    Conversely, Hubby and I have started to reward ourselves for good behavior. Since we’re competitive, we take out $50 a month for “Exercise Money”. Then keep track of how many workouts each of us did over the month. At the end of the month, we divide the money by total number of workouts, and reward each person per workout. So ideally, we will each workout 12-15 times, and each get $25.

  4. Michelle says:

    Good method! I might have to try that the next time I drop a bomb near my best friend’s two-year-old. He’s started picking up every word I say. Not good.

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