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Emergency Fund, I call it My Stash

December 1st, 2006 at 06:14 pm

Received the car repair bill,$1,049.00. I knew it would be expensive but I didn't think it would be that much. Luckily, I do have an emergency fund to be able to pay for this expense.

Ever since I started working at the age of 12, I always had a special spot where I would keep some additional "just in case money". My grandmother taught me to do that. She didn't have any formal training with money but was very good with it. She could follow her expenses and savings down to the last penny. She always believed that a women needed a little stash. She lost her husband very early in her marriage and had to raise two sons in the post depression era. She had to get a job to keep the roof over their heads and food on the table. My grandmother continued to work after her sons were adults and when she became older she would babysit just to keep her stash going. Even though my grandmother isn't with us anymore her life lesons still inspire me.

Talking about inspiration...Yesterday I had lunch at Wendy's(.99 menu)and while I was there I met this friendly and energetic older women who was an employee of that Wendy's. She was cleanning tables and greeting the customers. I had over heard her saying that she would be 84 in March and that she loves to come to work b/c it gets her out of the house and gives her something to do. I was in awe of her. I was also in admiration of the Wendy's company for hiring someone of her age. I don't think there are too many institutions out there that would take the risk in hiring that frisky older women. Thank you Wendy's.

With that in mind I think of all the people who cry about not having any money and in the same breath will tell you that working at a place like Wendy's is beneath them. I don't know, let me see... laying on the couch zero dollars...working at Wendy's minimum wage at least and health benefits if you are full time. Hmmm....

8 Responses to “Emergency Fund, I call it My Stash”

  1. Broken Arrow Says:

    That's a wonderful grandmother there.

    Yes, I agree that every woman should have a "stash", but so does every man. Too bad, you won't find many "men" getting excited about that idea. Unless it's the kind of "stash" you can smoke. Stick Out Tongue

  2. moneycents Says:

    LOL! That's very funnySmile Thanks, my grandmother was a beautiful person inside and out.

  3. Koppur Says:

    Hey there. My Mums just turned 60 and she works at Subway. She says the same thing..it gives her something to do, someplace to go and have fun, and it gives her a little extra spending money that she saves for special treats for her and my Dad. Smile

  4. amber Says:

    i agree with you regarding those who won't work at certain places, I prefer not to but if I had to, then so be it. I am truly thankful for what I have which is not much compared to some but is a lot when compared to others. Nice post

  5. LuckyRobin Says:

    I worked my way through college at McD's and there were always about 3 people per store in our county that were past retirement age. They worked just enough hours in a week to not mess up their social security benefits. The owner (same guy owned all the stores in the county) loved having them, the customers loved having them, and I know I loved having them around. I learned a lot of history from them, real history, not what you learn in books.

  6. moneycents Says:

    You know...I'm still thinking about that older lady working at Wendy's and it just gives me a good feeling. I hope that I'm like her when I'm older.

  7. moneycents Says:

    PS thanks for your comments!

  8. Aleta Says:

    I, like you love to see the older people working out in the public. It reminds me of the Publix Supermarkets where the older men bag the groceries. What a joy it is to stand in line and just watch these men. They're very upbeat. Will tell you what a beautiful day it is. They pack your groceries very gently and correctly. I've found so many of them smiling and happy. Since some don't have to work necessarily, they probably can do so feeling better about what they do.

    It's like being financially independent to do what you love instead of the job owning you. Very sweet story.

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