Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Save Your Fives

I was watching a TV show called Deals and they interviewed a woman about saving your fives.  If you get in the habit of using cash instead of an ATM card, then every time you get a $5 bill in change, you sock it away for a rainy day. I desperately need to save money to get another used car. My 30+ year old truck gave up the ghost.  But I haven't been able to save anything. I sold the truck for $1000 and was supposed to save that and add to it, but I ended up spending $300 of it over time on other bills and necessities. I just used $110 of it to pay electricity.

So I'm hoping the 'save your fives' plan will help me build it back up to $1000 and then some.

Saturday, August 4, 2012


I walked to the Dairy Queen with journal and pen in hand.  But when I got there the pen was gone. I tried to borrow one from the cashier but she was down to her only pen. So I walked to the liquor store nearby. In their meager area of office supplies, they had unsharpened pencils but no pens. I asked for a pen and he ferreted through the shelves behind the counter and still no pen.

I asked if he had a pocketknife to sharpen a pencil if I bought one.  None of those either. So he scrounged around in his junk drawer and came up with this sad little stump with a caved in eraser sleeve. Pitiful! But it works. As the saying goes, a short pencil is better than a long memory.  I've dubbed it 'Stumpy."