Dollar-a-Day Challenge

X-posted to my minimumwager   blog.

If you saved a dollar every day, at the end of the year you would have $365.00.  How could you get the most out of $365.00?

Reply with your answers. Answers can be fun or serious. This is meant to be a mental exercise.


I would spend every red cent to get myself a netbook! I have been dying for one but can't justify the cost.

If I was feeling less spendy, I'd throw it all in my savings account and keep it under lock and key.
$360 would go towards my Perkins Loan - not quite enough to vanquish it, but it would take it down from three digits to two. (I'm hoping to have this paid off by the end of the year.)

$5 would go with me to the library and help me pick out some trashy novels, then take me to the store and buy me a drink and a sweet of some kind. (It might also get me a lottery ticket if I'm feeling particularly optimistic, but I buy these more for the fun of imagining what I would do if I won a bajillion dollars than because I think I'm actually going to win a bajillion dollars. I only do this 4-5 times a year and it usually pays for itself.) Then books, drink, sweet, change, and inevitably losing lottery ticket and I would all go home and snuggle on the couch with a blanket and my MP3 player (and probably a cat or two, as at least one of them is a regular heat seeking missile at this time of year and can hear the sound of a flannel blanket being unfolded no matter where he is in the house), while I gloat to myself about being out of college and thus able to read WHATEVER I WANT WHENEVER I WANT TO MUAHAHAHA. (Well, with some limitations - day job and all.)

ETA: I was just thinking about something similar to this, actually - I recently went off of a medication that cost slightly less than $30 a month and was entertaining myself with what I could do with the money saved. (In reality, it'll probably go to student loans and other expenses, but you CAN buy over 34,000 gumballs with $365 if you so desire. Just sayin'.)

Edited at 2010-09-25 01:18 pm (UTC)
I don't know if I could even save that dollar, I would probably spend it in the moment! :)
I'd go out for a nice, expensive dinner at a nearby French restaurant and have a very nice bottle of wine. And it would be awesome.
either i'd buy an ipad, or get myself some new clothes- i'm 15lbs lighter then i was before i got preggers, and 40 lbs lighter then when i tried o get pregnant, so everything is a bit big on me. or i'd buy fabric to make clothes...
I would hit Half Price Books! Do you know how many used books you can get with $365? I don't either, but it would be fun to find out. :D
For books, I'd do the Friends Of Pima Library Book Sale bag day...73 bags, average 20 per bag, so around 1460 books.
$262- 10 Day Ticket to Disney World
I'd use the rest on merchandise and food. Dang, now I want the chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich from Sleepy Hollow in Magic Kingdom.
I would buy a round-trip plane ticket and visit my family in LA. Since I don't have much money, I get to see them (maybe) once a year. :(
Buy a chest freezer so I can cook more freezer meals, and improve our food storage.