When I wrote about teaching teens to manage money, I had the picture of a rather cute set of pigs. I was just finishing the post with my son hovering over me – waiting for me to join him for a walk. Naturally he was reading what I wrote – and asked why piggy banks are called “piggy” banks. I mean, after all, these days piggy banks are shaped like all sorts of things. He has one in the shape of a post box. I have one – predictably shaped like a laughing Buddha. I remember those days when our altar had a couple of these – pseudo piggy banks made of clay – one had to break them to access the cash. These were invariably used to save for a religious purpose and looked like this: So where did the “piggy bank” come from? I just had to Google…

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