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nature's most perfect sport

February 19th, 2010 at 08:58 pm

Saving log - $4 tip box
Spending log - $1.75 coffee + $.39 apple + $14 groceries
Found money - $0.06 (sidewalk, floor, escalator railing...again)

Saving log - $1 tip box
Spending log - $1.75 coffee + $1.65 decaf coffee
Found money - $0.36 (crosswalk, sidewalk, escalator railing)

Saving log - $0
Spending log - $1.75 coffee + $24 paint stripper, paint scrapper, brushes
Found money - $0.21 (gym, sidewalk corner)

Still working hard, but lately it has been sunny out, and, even better, it is a soft twilight out after work when heading for home. I've been watching the figure skating on TV - to me, its a heady mix of Oscar-worthy fashion excess combined with the crash and burn excitement of Nascar: nature's most perfect sport. I've been eating lunch in, but taking a 20 minute walk before diving into Excel and Access for the afternoon.

I've been finding change in one particularly unexpected place: the right-hand escalator railing, on the flat when you grab as you step on. Pennies right now, but very odd - like you hadn't secured your wallet before you step on the escalator. And the other odd thing this last week, I've only been finding pennies and quarters.

$26.31: 656 pennies, 24 nickels, 108 dimes, 26 quarters, $1 bill. To think that I thought, maybe, just maybe I'd pick up about $20/year from this exercise. I've just been tracking this for a little over 7 months.

Also put $45 of tip box savings into the bank.

This weekend, if the weather turns a little bit warmer, I plan on stripping the paint off the patio table. If I feel super, duper ambitious, I'm also going to plant some peas.

4 Responses to “nature's most perfect sport”

  1. baselle Says:

    Oooh, tangoes for compulsitory ice dancing this year. Smile

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    I like ice dancing, too! I'm jealous of your weather. I can't even see our grass, with over 60 inches of snow on the ground. More snow coming tomorrow, too.

  3. Ima saver Says:

    I am amazed at how much change you find. I look all the time and so far I have found one quarter this year, in the newspaper box.

  4. baselle Says:

    creditcardfree - Its nice, but during the summer we drink the snow melt from the winter. No snow usually brings summer water rationing.

    Ima Saver - I'm amazed too, and now I'm always looking. But your ability to save the $5 bills and to save for the $20 challenge amazes me!

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