August 8th is national dollar day, which is a good time to remind yourself that you can probably be better with your money today than you were yesterday.
We’re so used to swiping and slotting plastic cards into machines that it’s easy to forget exactly how much we’re spending. If we have cash, there’s a good chance we have a specific image of how, when, and why we received it. We know exactly what we’ve gained (or lost). Debit cards, however, feel more abstract. We have a broad idea about the card’s value, but not a specific image.
However, the numbers are still technically the same. Technically, we have no excuses. How can we make every penny count, literally?
Check Your Pennies
There’s a very good chance you don’t own a 1792 Birch Cent. The American coin, with its image of Liberty over Abraham Lincoln on the front, was recently valued at $2.5B. You’re statistically more likely to own a steel penny. Not likely, but steel pennies are worth $100,000.
Eating Well with Just a Dollar?
Sort of. That’s what one of Life Hacker’s bloggers managed to accomplish – spending less than $5 on Quaker oatmeal, four boxes of Wheat Thins, carrots, peanut butter, rice, beans, and a lot more you’d never expect to cost so little. The takeaway? Coupons are much easier to find than you think.
As long as you’re not brand name loyal and don’t feel embarrassed about clipping coupons, you’ll save lots of dollars. Don’t worry about those passive aggressive stares in line. If they’re exceptionally nosy and glimpse your receipt – seeing how you’re capable of spending $25 a week on groceries with or without coupons – that passive aggressive judgment look will quickly turn into passive aggressive envy.
The Dollar Outside of the US
How much is the dollar worth to another country and what exactly can you do with it? This quick Buzzfeed video has you more or less covered. In most cases you won’t be surprised. But it’s still nice to know that the best place for cheap beer is not the nearby gas station, but Slovakia.
The Dollar You Know Versus the Dollar You Don’t
You may not know exactly how much you’re spending, but you certainly know what you’re spending money on. Are you saving the money on travel whenever the holidays arrive? Are you keeping the cost of commuting in check? And do you have the patience to think critically about your finances?
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