I was raised by my parents to be an extremely thrifty girl. And I was am one, unless I find myself face-to-face with these items that I simply cannot walk away from: clothes, shoes, makeup, accessories, or perfume.
New from Japan – home of things too cute and strange to ever make it to American soil, comes TakaraTomy’s latest dose of sugary electronic goodness, the Panda Bank.
I’m not sure what these panda bears are doing with all of my Yen coins, but they appear to be quite happy, and they like to do all sorts of fun tricks on the LCD screen when fed money.
It seems to have something to do with pandas eating pie, and that’s way better than watching a bunch of greedy old white guys in suits flush our money down the drain.
As usual, I’ll bet you that you’ll never see the Panda Bank anywhere but in Japan.
The Choken-Bako dog bank features a hyperactive dog for a teller. Just place your money on its bowl and it will “eat” it. Actually there’s a slot on the bowl that’s connected to the coin box; the dog’s mouth just pushes the money into the slot.
I don’t think the dog cares exactly what it is that’s placed on its bowl, it’ll eat it anyway.
Another fun creation from the guys over at Fred & Friends, this new piggy bank has a built-in gauge to tell you how close to full it is.
The Fill ‘Er Up savings bank looks just like the gas gauge on a car, but instead of keeping track of fuel, it keeps track of coins.
Space Invaders fans, here’s a fun way to save your spare change – if you happen to live in Japan, that is.
This Space Invaders piggy bank looks just like a miniature cocktail table version of the classic arcade shooter.
It’s a good week for saving money while playing games. If Tetris and Breakout aren’t your bag, you might want to try something even simpler, like Bankquest or Jinsei Ginko.
It seems that piggy banks that double as tiny gaming machines are quite the happening trend in Japan these days.