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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Find Some Money

When I was a kid, we were all so grateful that my dad was a "Pepsi-holic." Aside from the fact that we sometimes got to have a sip, from time to time we were allowed to return the bottles for the deposit.

That was "found money."

Where else can you find money? Clip some coupons, sell some junk.

Or, seal some leaky windows, fix a dripping faucet, swap out high-wattage light bulbs for energy-savers, turn the thermostat down, trade in a gas guzzler for an economy car. It's all found money (and good for the environment too).

More? Buy generic. Ride a bike to work. Use both sides of a piece of paper. Mend a piece of clothing. Use your cell phone only for emergencies. Vacation locally. Drink iced tea instead of soda. Wear glasses instead of contacts. Swap music and DVDs with friends. Use the library instead of the bookstore. Talk on Skype instead of the phone. Use rechargeable batteries.

Get interest on your checking account.

This is too easy. Every penny you save, every corner you cut, is "found money."

Go find some.

You'll be happier.

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