The Jinsei Ginko piggy bank turns savings into a game. For your avatar's sake, don't lose.
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If you're terrible at something, just turn it into a fun activity. The Japanese did that very successfully when they turned singing into karaoke. Now they're doing the same with saving money.
Jinsei Ginko ("Life Bank") from Takara Tomy A.R.T.S is a digital piggy bank that works with your iPhone. It's designed with a Japanese bank-style logo to get you serious about hoarding yen.
The plastic piggy bank can hold 200 coins of 500 yen, the highest denomination, each worth about $5.41. That makes for a whopping total of 100,000 yen ($1,083). You could buy a bathtub of ramen with that.
To use the bank, you first download the Jinsei Ginko app and set a savings goal. When you pop a 500-yen coin into the slot, you set your iPhone in the cradle and push a green button next to it.