Tinplate Budget Bank - Split Your Money Six Ways From Sunday
The Tudor Budget Bank may have the aesthetic sense of a fusebox, but it's sturdy looks house the method to finally organize all of your household finance. Okay, that's probably an exaggeration. Basically you're looking at six piggy banks in one - unlocking the box reveals the separate tins fitted inside. It even has circular openings for rolled up bills. So from now on instead of desperately fishing around in your change jar when the tax man is at the door, you can neatly sort your change and bills into a half-dozen categories every night when you empty your pockets.
Elmer Sas invented and patented the Budget Bank in 1929, and it was a huge success in Depression-era America. The bank originally came with suggested labels for the half-dozen slots, including setting aside some of your coinage for charities like the Red Cross. On the strength of this product, Sas founded Tudor Metal Products and in the 40's went on to create his most famous invention - Electric Football; that rattling metallic gridiron that you can still get today.
The Budget Bank remains a good idea. I'm always surprised at how much spare change I accumulate over a few months, so maybe if I keep it nicely sorted with the Tudor I'll be able do something meaningful with my legal tender... though one of my slots is definitely going toward my "Hot Doug's Hot Dog Emporium" fund.