This is a great idea I found over at http://millionairemommynextdoor.com and wanted to implement for myself over the next year.
Basically, it’s an exercise to expand your way of thinking. Imagine what you would do with $100 the first week. Double that each week you participate in the project (week 2=$200, week 3=$400, etc). Consider how you could raise that sum of money to meet your goals and wishes. Then, express gratitude for something in your life presently.
I’m so tight with money that I am really having a hard time deciding how I might spend $100. Last night was a great celebration for me. We went out to eat with friends at an exotic restaurant ($30), visited the movie theater ($20) and had specialty coffees at a cafe ($10). I’m grateful that even on days we are splurging that we still know how to stretch a buck. The cost of our celebration still didn’t total $100.
How I’d spend my first $100:
I guess I would focus it on myself and being pampered- a massage, a manicure and a pedicure at the local salon. That would really be very “me focused” and in fact a weekly massage is one of the things I would love to have included in my perfect life if I was doing all of the things I love on a weekly basis.
To make an extra $100
We’re ready for another yard sale. We decluttered recently and are gearing up for a yard sale. While I don’t enjoy having them I have a good friend (an angel really) who loves them and doesn’t mind hosting my goods in exchange for a coffee. I usually bring good stuff by which draws in more buyers. She’s a great negotiator. I don’t put any demands on the goods I give her. She has free rein to negotiate with buyers for a good, but fair, price on anything I give her and she rewards me with the cash afterward. She also knows to giveaway goods to anyone who appears to really be struggling and in need of a particular item (ie a homeschooling mother who took 3 large plastic tubs of old teaching materials for $1 last summer). I’m going to finish packing up the stuff today in the car and drive it over to her place!
Things I’m grateful for this week:
-my coworkers have elected me to begin managerial training a year earlier than many others have started because they have faith in my abilities there (even while I’m still doubting myself!)
-my husband went all out for my birthday and gave me a much needed massage as well as a great dinner and date night out to make me feel special
-lots of friends and family called and emailed to say happy birthday even though I’m feeling too old to even be celebrating anymore