I must admit, I got a big chuckle out of this wire story article that describes a new Japanese toy dubbed the "Savings Bomb". This clever little device "lights up, makes a noise, shakes violently and scatters coins if it is not topped up for a long time." According to the manufacturer, "Users must pick up and collect the scattered coins and reflect on their laziness." But why stop with Japanese kids? U.S. politicians who keep spending more every year, not to mention U.S. residents who wouldn't know the difference between putting money in the bank and financing a new SUV if it hit them in the head, are also ideal candidates for the "Savings Bomb". Heck, it would even make a great gift for procurement executives to give to their category managers and sourcing teams who could make a deposit every time they achieved savings targets. Hat-tip: Amy Edwards (my new editorial assistant for Spend Matters ... welcome, Amy!).