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Who has the time to read a book? Nobody. You have to make the time.


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To read a good book you need two things: A book and you.

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The best book is the one you like best.

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The best place to read a good book is where you are.

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The best weather for reading a book is inside you.

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Today is World Day Against Tobacco.

Have you escaped this bad habit yet? You can do it. Look for help. Do it now, your whole life is ahead of you.


In my bed-side table I have a tray, where I throw all the coins I receive as change when I go to the store or the movies. It isn’t convenient to carry coins in your pocket, so I never take coins out of the tray, I only put in. After a few weeks, the tray overflows and the coins start to fall out and get lost, so I got an idea.

For many years I have kept the first piggy bank/money box that my Mom gave to me. It is a metal box with a combintaion lock on the door that her bank gave her as a gift for opening her account (back in the days when banks actually gave you anything). It has slot on the back to insert coins. I had not used it in many years, but I kept it for its sentimental value.

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I took it out of my “valued stuff box” (my wife calls it the garbage box, and if she had found it there would be no story to share), I cleaned it and set it in my closet. When I get coins as change, I separate them by value, and I save the most valuable (in my country is $10, that equates to US 80¢ aproximately) in my money box, the rest ($5, $2 and $1) I put in a small bag that I carry in my car to give out as charity to street beggers and less fortunate people. Every time the box fills up, I exchange the coins for bigger bills, put them back in the box, and start over again.

My original idea was to save enough money to take my family on a “free” vacation. Fortunately I have been able to take a vacation or two without having to use my savings, so after filling my money box several times, I now have US $2,500 in bills, and the box is already half full.

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My habits have changed also. I am now looking for coins, and I regularly find myself paying with bigger bills in hopes of getting coins as change. I made sure my kids saw me opening the box when it was full, and were they surprised! One of them now helps me every time he gets coins as change, and the other one got a box for himself and has adopted this habit (to this day I haven’t been able to get him to tell me how much money he has, but I suspect he may have more than me).

At the beginning I thought I would miss the coins I saved, but I have found I don’t. To be honest, I don’t even know what I did with that money before, and that worries me.

This has help me saving, and helping others, so I wanted to share the story, so in case you like it, you may do something about it.

Happy Savings!!

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Good things come to those who work their butts off and never give up.

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