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Our Story: Both my wife and I are 27 years old and have gone through financial hell and back. Now we are on track to financial freedom, however we are not financial advisors or professionals, just everyday people. Share our journey from a negative networth and email us if you have questions or comments! :)


Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Making the most out of a whole DOLLAR!

Well you certainly can't find $1.00 gas anymore let alone anything that costs a dollar. Ok maybe you can get a package of gum or a couple candy bars, but whats the maximum you can do with a one crisp dollar bill in your hand. Well you certainly cant find $1.00 gas anymore thats for sure. Its so much harder to be a kid in this generation with a dollar in your hand than it would be when we were kids and a dollar went so much farther. Thats inflation for ya! I had a few thoughts on this and shared it with my coworkers who love stupid topics. We were surprised on the hefty list; no nominal idea was rejected. Heres what we extracted on the dealings of one whole US dollar bill thrown out in no particular order, remembering that tax is included in the pricing (*except in Delaware):

-Go to the vending machine and purchase a .75 cent 12 ounce soda can. The bottles are $1.25

-Download an itunes song for .99 cents (provided you have an itunes account)

-Invest the dollar (we always have SOMEONE mention this)

-Find a broken item or for 2/$1.00 item at the local Dollar store (items at full price are $1.00+ tax so we cant get these)

-3 packs of .30 cent 5-stick gum at 7-11 (total cost .97 cents)

-Play one video game at an arcade (most arcade games are $1.00 or more just to play) Chuck E. Cheese is great because you can play 4 tokens for a dollar but you have to have a kid or the employees will look suspicious at you.

-Buy stupid office supplies like staples, a small calculator, a pencil, pen, note pad at your office supply store.

-Small Coffee

- Newspaper
- Small Tip for a server, driver, etc
- Give to charity/ homeless
- Fast food hamburger, hard taco, piece of chicken, small take out white rice
- One piece of grocery produce
- 3/10ths a gallon of gas or LESS (provided your driving a very small lawnmower)
- A garage sale bargain knicknack
Please feel free to add to our crazy list. I know we didnt cover everything but its a start. We really should be getting back to work.


Anonymous N'AwlinsKat said...

I just finished the weekend running a Friends of the Library book sale. For your dollar, I would have sold you either two mass market paperbacks, one trade paperback or one hardback book, two children's books, or one bundle of five smaller children's books. And if you showed up in the last hour, when we usually mark things down so our volunteers don't have to pack up the remainders, we would have let you have an entire BAG of books for your dollar! Many of these were new bestsellers, maybe read once or twice. There are still SOME bargains to be had! :)

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