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Save $5.00 Bills and You will be Able to Reach Any Purchase Goal.

Updated on September 25, 2013

When Only a Five Dollar Bill will do.

One Five Dollar Bill at a time!
One Five Dollar Bill at a time! | Source
And we are still going strong saving when we can.
And we are still going strong saving when we can. | Source
Just a few weeks to go and we are at $895.00
Just a few weeks to go and we are at $895.00 | Source

How We Saved Money for Our Vacation.

We did it, One Five Dollar Bill at a Time.

When my sister from Florida called me back in October 2010 to tell me that she was coming to visit us the last week of June, 2011. I discussed the visit with my husband. This has been a lean year. Yes the state of the economy has finally caught up with us.

At first we tried to save One dollar bills... too fluffy.

Then we tried Ten and Twenty Dollar Bills... yeah, right. Like that was going to happen.

But a Five Dollar Bill was just the ticket to saving for my sisters visit. She has Three growing boys and her husband was also coming along for the visit. So we needed to do some serious saving. We don't have a savings account. After we lost all of our retirement savings, along with so many others, we just couldn't get the grove back on the savings thing.

At first it was a little slow going. But after we put a rubber band on the first $100.00 stack of Five Dollar Bills, it became a sort of game between us.

The funniest thing that happened was when we went grocery shopping and in the change the cashier had a Five Dollar Bill... I was smiling all the way out the door. I said, "Did you see it... I have a Five Dollar Bill to add to the bank!" And you know what, he was smiling also... because he also had one to add to the bank.

One day I came home with three, Five Dollar Bills... and my husband had Four! We started to try to top each other. He won... he came home with Seven, Five Dollar Bills, in one day! I think he cheated and asked a cashier for all those Five's.

We started saving back in late October, 2010 right after my sisters telephone call. It is the first week of June 2011 and we have $895.00 saved up for my sister's visit. She will be here the last week of June, 2011. I was able to buy items for a nice bar-b-q for her, her family and some of our friends . I also have enough money for gasoline for our day trips to the beach, out to dinner ( I also have a 10% coupon off the entire dinner check) and a long ride to Cape May, NJ to have a nice dinner at a Sea Food Restaurant and to take the children to the arcades.

I'm so happy that we don't have to use the credit cards for this long awaited visit from my sister. I wouldn't be able to pay any credit card bills anyway because of my husbands reduced work schedule. Hopefully, we can do this again... however, my husband is on a part time schedule this year with his work. So we have cut back on everything that we could to keep our heads above water.

Hopefully this method of forced savings will help you guys out.

Until we meet again... Francesca27


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      Francesca27 6 years ago from Hub Page

      We did the loose change as well. In a year we saved $81 and used it to take my sister and her family out to lunch on her recent visit to us. Glad we did it because my husbands work load has been reduced to less than 1/3. Don't know if we will be able to save as much for next year.

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      Marty 6 years ago

      Sound like good advice. It might take much longer to accumulate but loose change is our style.

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      ajthesmeagol 6 years ago

      I need to do this.

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      SusieQ42 6 years ago

      Enjoyed your hub. Yes, we are in the same boat. Sometimes the rivers pretty high.

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      Francesca27 6 years ago from Hub Page

      Thank you Thelma Alberts. My sister is here now. Haven't seen her since 2005. I went into the first $100 pack to buy meat and sausage and a few other things. Tomorrow is a big Bar-b-q for her and her family. I'll update this hub after her visit.

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      Thelma Alberts 6 years ago from Germany

      Hi Francesca! You have done what I am doing for many years now. That´s a great savings for a holiday. Now, I´ll follow you:D.Thanks for sharing.

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      jbhearn95 6 years ago

      What a tidy and smart way to save money. Thanks.

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      chonett 6 years ago

      This is a good incentive to put back for a rainy day, whether it's

      sunny or cloudy! One bill at a time! Thanks!

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      skyger 6 years ago

      I'm gonna try it.

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      Francesca27 6 years ago from Hub Page

      Thanks Rochelle Frank. I'm going to update this hub, after my sisters visit. I'll save receipts and see how we do.

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      Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country

      Good idea. Interesting that it is considered unique to 'save up' for something you want or need. It used to be done like this all of the time. Hope you have a great time with your sister.

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      Francesca27 6 years ago from Hub Page

      I haven't seen my sister since 2005, so we have a lot of laughing to catch up on. Yes it will be paper all the way.

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      NTR57 6 years ago

      Enjoy your visit with your sister. I guess we know what your answer will be when the cashier asks you; "paper or plastic?"

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      gidget911 6 years ago

      I might try it.

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      WandasHomePlace 6 years ago

      A great way to save! Will be doing this and we will see how much we save, this time next year! Thanks!

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      bri36 6 years ago

      yes i agree 1 dollar bills are to fluffy. thanks francesca27 for good advice!!

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      mseptim 6 years ago

      Good idea!!!!!