“Sally,” Diane said, “I’ve heard you and Sam say we should have some storage food put by or other things to help us be more prepared, but it seems like we have such a hard time saving any money. Duane doesn’t want a major upheaval in the budget either. Do you have any suggestions?”
“Sure, dear,” Survival Sally began. “I can think of a couple simple things, and they’re both easy to do. No doubt you’ve heard financial appeals on the radio or TV. They say something like, ‘For about the same price you’d pay each day for a soda pop or cup of fancy coffee, you can help such and such a cause.’ We’re bombarded with messages like that. It can be overwhelming because there are a lot of great organizations and causes out there, and, of course, you’re free to support the ones you think are worthy.”
“Yes, I know what you mean,” said Diane. She took a sip of her tea.
“Well,” Sally continued, “what if I said it’s time to help your own cause. The next time you’re thirsty for your favorite soda pop or coffee, get a glass of water, since it’s better for you anyway, and put aside the change you would have spent. Get the kids involved, too. Make it a family project. After a month or two, Diane, you’ll be surprised at how much you’ve been able to put aside.”
“That’s a really good idea, Sally, but it will take a lot of self discipline, won’t it?”
“Yes, but that’s money you can put toward something that could be a literal life saver in a pinch.”
“Makes sense when you put it that way,” said Diane.
“Start with small goals at first. Save for a 72 hour survival kit for home or car. When you think you’ve got enough, break out that pop money. You’ll be well rewarded for your self discipline in due time.”
“What’s your second idea?”
“It’s a nifty way to stretch a dollar,” said Sally.
Just then the phone rang. “Oh, I’m sorry, Sally, let me get that.”