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|I hope this fits here. I know many of us just have trouble saving Period. So we don't have money for extra needs that come up. One way I've been able to hoard away a little money is by saving all my change. Everytime I buy something, I pocket the change. When I get home, I drop it in a bowl and I don't touch it again. Every few weeks, I count the change and add it to a bigger container and I keep a running total of all the change in the container. This is my "Mad Money".
Over time, those pennies, nickels and dimes all add up. You'd be surprised how quickly you can squirrel away $200 without even noticing that you're doing it and without missing the money from your budget.
This is how I built the privacy fence around my property. I did most of the labor myself and bought the lumber as I had the cash. About half of the cash came from loose change.
The odd thing is, when I cash in the loose change to use for whatever I need it for, I don't cringe when I spend it because it feels like "free money".
So start your own "Mad Money" fund. Then when that costly car repair needs to be done or your child needs a doctor or you need a vacation, you'll have a little extra cash for the job.
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