The U.S. Treasury had just begun redesigning dollar bills, and the suggestion was that whenever you got a “new” $20 bill, you should put it aside. The colorful bills were still rarities — maybe 1/10 of the bills in circulation — so the idea was easy to implement … for a while, anyway.
Eventually I came up with my own version: Put aside every $10 bill you get, new or not. The $10 is rare enough that you don’t feel like you’re being gouged, but it’s common — and monetarily worth enough — that you can see gains that reinforce the usefulness of the idea. It works particularly well for me, because I go to the ATM every Sunday and pull out a weekly cash “allowance” for purchases like meals and household items. People who pay for everything with debit cards probably won’t see the same results.
When I started, I would let the bills accumulate for six months, then go out and use the money for something special. On my most recent trip to Hawaii, that’s how I paid for the entire week’s worth of drinks and meals. (Guess which we spent more on?) Now I’m a little too impatient, so I’ll raid the cache more frequently and treat myself to something smaller.
Today, I went to Total Wine and got Grey Goose pear vodka, Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur and two kinds of pear cider in an attempt to re-create the drink I had at Windsor, a new restaurant that opened in Central Phoenix. (It’s the #89 on this menu.) I also got a birthday bottle of 360 Vodka for my friend Chad, who will not read this post before 8 p.m., when his party begins, so no possibility of spoilers). (It’s the same vodka I’m using in my quest to create homemade lemoncello — I’m about four months in!) I also got my car washed and waxed and had its oil changed.
Plus, I have $10 left over … until Chad’s party, because the kindhearted animal lover requested that for gifts, everyone donate $10 to the animal and rescue placement organization Home Fur Good. So the final Hamilton will go for that.
Try it — even for three months — and let me know what happens!
|WHAT SAM WORE: 4-30-11|
|The shirt: “For Good Luck Rub My Tummy” T-shirt from Urban Outfitters.|
|The shorts: Cotton cargos by Abercrombie & Fitch, a hand-me-down
from Mr. Brooks — or a “theft,” depending on your point of view.
|The shoes: Flip-flops by Reef, from the Reef store in Honolulu.|