Our family keeps a gallon-sized glass jar in the closet to collect change. It takes about 3 years to fill it and so far we've filled it twice. Husband recently had the brilliant idea that we'd start having a family contest. Whoever could guess the amount closest to what was actually in the jar when we took it to the change-counting machine at our local credit union would win all the money and get to do with it what he/she wanted. If Sister won, she would be allowed to spend 10% of it on what she wanted and would have to put the rest of it into her savings account. (This rule avoids her buying any of those ridiculously huge, ridiculously overpriced stuffed animals at our local toy store. $100 a pop for those damn things, and she obsesses about them everytime we walk in.)
Yesterday, Sister and Bean and I went to the credit union to dump the change into the machine. I got Husband on my cell phone while we girls watched the tally rise on the computer screen. Adding...adding...adding...it passed $300, then...passed Husband's guess of $350,....then stopped at...$372.48. Woo-hoo! Only $4.48 over my guess of $368! I won! Though--oops!--I tried not to be too ebullient since Sister was standing there all disappointed and we WERE in a bank with complete strangers all staring at me wondering why I was all gleeful and why my baby was heading out the front door and no one was stopping her.
I'm so excited! What should I spend it on? More day spa treatments? A shopping spree at Ann Taylor Loft? Buttloads of fancy perennials for my backyard? Local artwork? A load of rocks to line my front flower bed? What would YOU spend it on?