How Lady Gaga can help you save up money for your wedding

Guest post by Dora Figueiredo

Craig Gleason's Gaga dollars.
Craig Gleason's Gaga dollars.
Joey, my fiancée, and I weren't officially engaged until September 2010, but we knew early on in our relationship that we were headed towards marriage. We also knew that paying for a wedding would be one of the most annoying financial undertakings of our lives.

Then in July 2009, a Lady Gaga song came on the radio and changed everything.

No, seriously. I was incredibly sick of the song, so I changed the station… right to another Lady Gaga song. I changed the station again… to yet ANOTHER Lady Gaga song. I sent a text to Joey:

Geez. 3 Gaga songs on at a time. We should put a dollar in a jar every time we hear one.

And so started our so-called Wedding Jar.

The song game came to include any song by the Black Eyed Peas, Fall Out Boy and Lil' Wayne's “Lollipop.” “Lollipop” and Fall Out Boy were worth $5 each, because they are played on the radio less. Eventually, we also added $1 for every time we saw someone wearing camouflage (not military-issued). We would also have bonus weeks with $1 for things like seeing yellow plaid shirts or hearing Madonna songs from before 1996.

Saving money is like working out: much easier when you have
(a) a partner
(b) a goal
(c) a fun way to do it.

Our friends thought it was hilarious and I would regularly get texts with things like, “Lady Gaga on Z-100!” or “Old guy next door wearing camo today.” And, in the spirit of saving money, we decided to actually put money in the Jar for whenever our friends saw/heard them too. We kept the Jar going until September 2010.

How much money did we save between July 2009 and September 2010?


That's an average of $480 per month. This means we each put about $3,365 or an average of $240 each per month in the Jar in just over a year. I don't think I've ever saved so much money for a specific purpose so quickly in my life!

There was an actual jar and on the first of every month I would take our money and put it into a savings account at my local bank with a crappy interest rate.

[related_post align=”right”]In September 2010 we stopped putting money into the jar and we researched CDs with high interest rates until we would really need the cash–which would be mid-late spring 2011 when payments for venues, flowers, etc, would be due.

We went with Ally Bank's High Yield 6-Month CD (an online bank) because they consistently had the highest CD rate. We got a 1.3% interest rate and so far we have netted about $40 in interest on our Jar fund. Not much but better than the .05% from the savings account (about the same as keeping it in a jar).

Saving money is like working out: much easier when you have (a) a partner (b) a goal and (c) a fun way to do it.

In case you're curious, we got the most money from seeing people wearing camo — about 40% of our Jar fund.

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Comments on How Lady Gaga can help you save up money for your wedding

  1. My partner and I are doing this only we do it with “bad” jokes. Not dirty jokes just the jokes that are so bad that no one laughs.
    I like the idea of assigning a value to certain things, maybe puns will be worth $5 now.

  2. I saw this post a week ago – what a fantastic idea! We adapted the game to include items that work for us, with the starting point being “Put a quarter into the jar every time the cat sneezes” (poor guy has some allergy issues..) – we plan on adding items and increasing amounts whenever we think of something good. Thanks for the fun and simple savings idea!

  3. I started doing this a month ago. I work in a small lab and got my co-workers in on it, we added a $5 song of the week and keep tally marks on our dry-erase board. So far, I’m up to $45!! Thank you for this article!

  4. What a Camo-tastic idea! We’re pretty much a cash free household as well, but perhaps it’s time to revise that….

  5. Love this!!
    My Fiancee is in the military and we have been putting a dollar in a jar everyday he’s been overseas. It started as a joke that when we’d have an amzing date when he got back state-side but its better used for the wedding….
    Now I think i am going to suggest that we add extra things to the list.. like everytime we play our song or something…
    Thanks so Much!!!

  6. Just told my fiance about this and he loved it! We both love Lady Gaga, so we decided to stick with any Gaga song, plus a number of other specific songs that come on regularly (Last Friday Night by Katy Perry and Moves Like Jagger by Maroon 5 just to name a few). We are also going to add a dollar for every time we see a girl wearing shorts and a hoodie, when he leaves the toilet seat up, and I laugh so hard I snort. Our $5 things are hearing Bohemian Rhapsody and seeing a mullet. (We couldn’t do camo, living in Oklahoma, we wouldn’t be able to afford our monthly bills lol)

    • Awesome! I Love that you made me laugh about the girl in the hoodie and shorts! My Fianc’e HATES girls in shorts and UGG boots! Lol…that should ours!

  7. I am so excited about this idea! I listen to the radio all day at work!

  8. This is the best idea ever! My fiance and I are thrilled to try this out! Some of ours…we have this joke about how neither one of us have ever seen a dalmatian in real life but we have seen pandas! So any dalmatian sighting and it’s an automatic $20 in the jar! LOL we are also quitting fast food and anytime we want to eat out we are going to calculate what we would order and put that money in the jar, another joke we have is about people ALWAYS being in the neighbors driveway so anytime we see no one out there $5 in the jar! We are zeppelin freaks and we always do the “zeppelin” search on the radio $1 per song and we will pay for our wedding in no time! I’m so excited to start!

  9. My partner are saving for baby-making (sperm costs add up when you’re dykes) by putting every $5 bill we get in a jar. We started maybe three months ago and we’re up to $500 now. Some weeks there will be no new money because we do everything on debit, so I like the idea of adding something like this ($1 per certain thing that happens) to savings plan, as well.

  10. I LOVE YOU! We have saved almost $200 in two weeks. Because the money gets transferred from checking to savings as soon as we see a uhaul truck/hear Katy, Adele, Coldplay, Swift we don’t notice that the money is gone. Thank you!

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