Some BAD readers may remember that for years, I have saved $5 bills. Like I don’t ever spend them. I have a container in my house where I put all my $5 and have for years. It’s just a game I play with myself as an “extra” savings. And I haven’t touched it for years.
Well, I take that back, I have Gymnast $15 last week from there to buy Starbucks for he and his ride to school on the first day of the semester. (When I took the kids, I would always buy them breakfast or a treat on the first day of class so just continuing this, in a sense, and I didn’t have any cash.)
Back to the story at hand…I have now completely depleted my $5 stash of this week. Let me tell you how…
Christmas for the twins
The twins turned 23 this past fall. And I was struggling with what to get them for Christmas big time last fall. So I finally decided on an experience gift, a mom and twins trip. (I’ve done lots of trips with the younger kids over the years due to sports or availability or whatever so don’t come for me for not being fair.)
Yes, for Christmas, I bought the 3 of us round trip tickets to Las Vegas and paid for two nights in a hotel on the strip (hello, $62 per night!) Thank you, Hopper, for the great deal. We flew there early Sunday morning, which means we landed there early Sunday morning. Then flew back early Tuesday morning, which means we were back here in Georgia by lunch. We had two full days of playtime!
I didn’t let them take their debit cards. And I decided to empty my $5 savings to be our fun money. I did this for a few reasons:
- Didn’t want to take any more money out of my regular budget to pay for the trip.
- Wanted to have small bills to make it easy to spend smaller amounts on things versus getting stuck with only having big bills. (We do not have a local bank. So withdrawing from the ATM limits the bills I can get.)
- Great way to give us each some fun money without putting the burden on them or blowing my budget.
This meant, we each got $140 to blow however we wanted…when it was gone, it was gone.
I had a budget for food and rides to and from the airport included in the Christmas money.
Now to start my $5 savings again…and see what fun we can have with again in a few years time. Anyone else have this kind of rainy day savings thing going on that you don’t account for anywhere else?
Hope is a digital marketing manager and foster/adoptive single mom to five kids. She has run her own consulting company for over 15 years and took a leap of faith returning to the corporate world in 2021 to a job and team she loves! Hope began sharing her journey with the BAD community in the Spring of 2015 and feels like she has finally mastered the balance between family first and wise financial decisions.