Motivate Yourself To Wake Up With A DIY Money-Shredding Alarm Clock

Motivate Yourself To Wake Up With A DIY Money-Shredding Alarm Clock

You’ve tried waking up with loud noises, and multiple alarm clocks, but you just can’t motivate yourself to wake up. If you’re looking for some motivation, this DIY alarm clock will slowly shred money until you get out of bed to stop it.

We’ve shared some DIY alarm clocks before, and you’ve even shared your techniques with us too. But when we saw this diabolical, money-shredding alarm clock (pictured above), we figured few DIY clocks could give us as much motivation as shredding $100 in front of our eyes.

As of right now, it looks like the clock is just a concept, and we can’t find the original designer. It’s also illegal to destroy banknotes in Australia, though we suspect the police have better things to do with their time than hunt you down for it.

However, if you’re feeling desperate for motivation in the morning, we realised you could hack one together yourself with a paper shredder and an indoor outlet timer. Just set the timer to turn on at your designated wake-up time, stick a bill in the shredder, and haul your arse out of bed when it goes off in the morning.


To make sure it’s effective, we’d recommend trying it with regular paper for a few nights before you go sticking $100 in there. I’d also recommend maybe taping it to a larger piece of paper, to give yourself a few seconds to turn it off before it starts shredding, and to maybe add something that makes sound to the outlet timer, since the sound of shredding paper might not wake you up on its own. There are even alarm clocks with built-in outlet timers for the hard of hearing, which could also work well for this project.

Is it a bit off-the-wall? Yes. Is it scary as hell? Yes. Will it get you out of bed? I would hope so. I don’t have a paper shredder myself to actually try this out with, but as with all things DIY, there are a number of different tweaks you could make to the project. So if you have any of your own ideas for making this work, let us know in the comments.

Amazing Alarm Clock [AcidCow via Dvice]


  • I get what it’s doing..and it is funny. But this thing makes me sick. What type of rich arsehole has a fucking money shredding alarm? Why not just freaking pay someone to wake you up?

    • Surely if you don’t have the money to waste, that would give you more reason to wake up on time. I know I can’t spare a $50, so I would be out of bed in a heartbeat.

  • Like the idea, but isn’t destroying currency illegal in Australia?

    A similar motivation, and I’m not sure if it’s possible using online banking, could be that if you want to wake at 8am you set up your bank account to donate $50 to charity at 8:15am. You’d have to get up, go to your pc/laptop, and cancel it.

  • Ah to be young again when sleeping all day was just a fact of life. Now I find myself up around the same time every day regardless of the day or how late I was up the night before. 6.30 am is just too early.

    Soon I’ll be eating dinner at 3.30 and be in bed at 5.

  • Crappy idea, why not invent something that will destroy coins, the noise from an angle grinder destroying a coin will wake you up faster haha!

  • It’s not like its actually destroying the currency, if you have 100% of the shredded note you can just take it back to the bank and get a replacement. I think it would work great, you’d never lose any money and the thought of having to stand in line at the commonwealth bank would get me out of bed in seconds…

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