Yesterday I was at the CU making a deposit. I also had a $30.00 check to cash and had withdrawn $265.00 out of B's account (money she owed me for paying her rent). As I was waiting for my deposit slip to print the computers went down. The man next to me in line was asking the teller to check his account, he needed to withdraw $25.00 for gas. He looked like a painter or a dry-Waller. You have to keep a minimum of $35.00 in your account to keep it open. He had $35.00 left. So no money. He was begging to just get $25.00. I heard him say I will come in tomorrow and give it back. I just have this job to finish and I need gas. He also said it was the hardest winter he had ever experienced for finding work. The teller made a phone call and she turned to tell him that she had gotten permission to suspend his account and give him the money. The computers went down and she could not even open her cash drawer. I mean everything locked up. What a mess. The young man looked like he was going to cry, so I quickly slid $25.00 over to him and said quietly "pay it forward and go with God". I had to do it quickly before I talked myself out of it, because you all know how hard I am trying not to spend and how I am trying to pay off the fridge. But all I could see is that I had $265.00 and $30.00 in front of me in cash and I am so blessed financially in so many ways. He was astonished and said who are you? I told him Santa Claus and hurried out of the bank. Then I chastised myself for having $25.00 less for my fund. Well guess what? Today a $25.00 refund check came from the State for my husbands lunches. He had paid out of pocket for lunch when he attended a mandatory work shop. I did not even think about getting reimbursed. So it is solid proof. The giver always receives back what is given.
I have been in the man's place so many times in my life. When I had no money and I was down to the last $10.00. When my kids were sick and I could not buy medicine. I remember one time selling my dishes and electric skillet in a make shift yard sale I set up to get enough money to buy and $87.00 prescription for one of my babies. I have so much.
I just realized that I have not contributed one penny to my pot this week. Why? Because you have to spend and break a dollar bill before you can do that. I am not spending any money! Tonight we filled hubbies car with gas and went to get a few Groceries, so I was able to contribute a few coins.
I was able to make about $12.00 on soda/water this week so far. I am sure it is beginner's luck, but we will see. Lots of work came into the shop today so I will have to get busy tomorrow. Winter ball is coming up next week end and I have many dresses to hem and alter.
I also have 2 funerals to make food for on Saturday, but I have not been told what they need. I am sure I will get word in the morning. I can bake something while I am working in the shop.
Carla's challenge has sure helped my pocket book this week!
Have a restful night, I know I will!