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60th dime

December 20th, 2009 at 12:20 am

Saturday
Saving log - $0
Spending log - $13 coffee, lunch + $74 kitty food, litter, Christmas toys + $50 last Christmas gift + $20 groceries, baking items
Found money - $0.39 (driveway in front of auto shop, Safeway carpet, Whole Foods floor, bus stop)

Friday
Saving log - $3 tip box
Spending log - $1.75 coffee
Found money - $0.27 (bus stop, coffeeshop carpet, gym floor)

Have been extremely lucky in my found money hunting - 2 quarters in 2 days. I also found my 60th dime. Total so far: $14.16: 326 pennies, 13 nickels, 60 dimes, 13 quarters, $1 bill. I don't think I have too many secrets to give away - the more I walk, the more I notice. I especially look for sharp, perfect circles - the coins I've been finding are not really bright and shiny and at night they don't flash like a piece of foil would. And December is shaping up to be a great month for change. My hypothesis for that is more people shopping, more people using cash, and more coins passing from pocket to pocket. We'll see what January brings.

Speaking of shopping, I finally got the Christmas shopping done. $360, including the shipping. Now its a potluck dish for Monday - the operations departments do a holiday potluck lunch above and beyond the official one last Thursday. I speak for myself that I am very happy its over. Has anyone noticed that this Christmas seems a bit... well, subdued compared to year's past? I like it. This year the lights are pretty, but not full out eye-popping and in your face, and I've either gotten very good about ignoring the Christmas music or there isn't as much as in other years.

I picked up a snow route booklet on the bus to store for work. Today the new light rail now goes all the way to SeaTac airport. Since my Flex pass works on light rail, I might just check that out for informative purposes - looking forward to the $2.50 ride, avoiding taxis at $50 or even the airporter at $30.

4 Responses to “60th dime”

  1. CB in the City Says:

    I saw a dime the other evening on the floor of the Metra train. I assume everyone else saw it, too, it was lying in a prominent spot and winking in the light. But no one picked it up. I would have had to get up and cross the aisle, so it seemed like too much of a production, not to mention a very public act of what might be perceived by others as "cheapness."

    I like to look for them in the early evening, when that slant of light picks out those perfect circles and makes them glow!

  2. wowitsawonderfullife Says:

    I would have picked up that dime in a heartbeat. I don't care what anyone thinks because I've been living the Baselle "pick it up when you see it" life for a few months now. Yesterday I found a quarter and the day before I found 2 quarters! It really does add up. Maybe I'll start posting about my finds. Gotta love found money!

  3. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Congrats on the 60th dime. Smile
    I found a nickel today on my desk as I was cleaning. Not sure if that counts as found money though. Smile

  4. baselle Says:

    wowitsawonderfullife - I would have totally fought you for it and we really could have caused a scene! Big Grin
    CB - next time, substitute sneaky for cool. If you're embarrassed about an all out grab, do a cover move like pretending to tie your shoelace, shake out a foot cramp, adjust your shoe or sock, etc. Then pick it up on the sly! And I've found that no one is fazed. I'm getting too old for anyone to comment apparently and if I do get a comment - I'm picking up heavy metal litter if nothing else.

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