- 34 Dollar Saturday
- The "One Percent" Jar
I have been trying to get regular sleep, lately, but today I am taking a break from it; taking a rest from sleeping, you might say. I'm going shopping, hopped up on coffee, instead.
The "one percent" jar is only current for the past week, having been wiped out before then.
It is easy to keep the jar up to date as one dollar equals one penny. I dropped 34 cents into the thing this morning.
The jar, at one point was up over 10 dollars, indicating that I had lived off of a thousand bucks that I had made, and been able, out of it to drop a penny for every dollar into the jar (which is actually a very tall plastic drink holder from one of the bars on Bourbon Street that has a bowl at the bottom, and a 3 foot neck which flares a bit like a horn at the very top. It makes a good one percent jar.
It should, in theory, be possible to go through ones entire life, dropping one percent off the top of one's earnings into a jar and never missing it.*
*And possibly not needing it -I have seen that, at most convenience stores, if I am short one percent of my purchase, the one percent will be forgiven, for example, my Arizona Energy drink rings up at $1.08.
If I have put a dollar on the counter, and have fished a nickel out of my pocket, but am still fishing around for the three cents in my pocket, the cashier is about 90% likely to say "don't worry about the pennies."
So, I would have saved almost 2 % off my purchase.
If I could regularly prearrange my change so that I am in the position of (making a show of) fishing for the last few cents, I figure that I could save an average of 5% off of all my purchases.
This would offset the sales tax, and is significant to a guy who has a 1% jar waiting to take from his earnings. Getting 5% off my purchases would be like robbing Peter AND Paul.
The drawback would be that I would have to purchase things individually, which would be a pain in the ass. But, in theory at least; I have discovered a way to save money.
Pulling keys, a pack of gum, etc. out of the pocket that you are searching for the coppers in is a suggestion.
And, if you were to do it at the same store, eventually the staff would come to know you as the guy who fishes for the pennies, and they may ask you to stop doing it.
After a Saturday that netted 34 bucks, it is Sunday and I need to go and get
- batteries for my little radio so I can keep up on Donald Trump and sports
- dirt for my thriving plant community
- peanut butter
- cat food
- the laundry done
- instant coffee