When I was younger, I would spend time with my grandparents. They pasted away within 20 hours of each other. Cleaning out there house taught me a few lessons, I admit, it took me a while to actually learn them.
One of them was the story a beautiful snail. It was silver. We weren’t allowed to play with, we weren’t allowed to play with any of the table decorations. Of course, I picked it up. I remember it was heavy in comparison to it size. Strangely, what I never discovered, the snail shell came off.
What no one knew, including my parents, within this snail shell, there was $500 hidden – five hundred dollar bills. After their death we found it, and other money hidden around the house. This idea of hiding money around the house really struck a cord with me. Granted, they had plenty of money. But it was as if they in case of a pinch that never came.
I wish that I was allowed to have that snail. Just to hide money in it. I don’t know where it ended up.
While, I failed horribly (that is an understatement) at keep track of cash payments and/or just using cash to control my spending. I have continued to pay my electric in cash. I did learn, that is not the option for me. It simply doesn’t work for my lifestyle. It is possible that I didn’t try hard enough, or I wasn’t cognizant enough of the concepts. Either way, I know that cash and keeping track of cash is one of my weakest areas.
So I’m not doing it. I haven’t given up per se, but it just doesn’t matter to me. Instead, I’m going back to that snail. I’m taking a portion of the cash, or cash I have on hand every day, and hiding it. No, I am not keeping track of where I put it, or even where I am putting it. Here is the kicker, I forget. The best part. I’m saving money. That’s the key. It’s money that I am not spending on crap, candy and coffee.
Granted, this isn’t going to work for everyone. Roommates could run across the cash and take it. You could run across is and go “score, I found $3.” But that’s life.
I’m trying to hide at least a $1 a day. Some days more, some days less, I really don’t like these days. It depends on what I have in my wallet.
In case you’re wondering. I have my own version of the silver snail. I have a blue Tardis. I got it as a Christmas present. It is awesome. I love it. It currently has a $20 bill in it. You wouldn’t know that it contains money from the way it is constructed.
At minimum, I know where to find a $20 when I need to. At max, I forget where I have stashed the other cash. Since I tend to not through anything out without examining it, I know I won’t be throwing money away.
So go find your own snail shell.