the green cat’s meow

Tale of $530 – money for change

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Upon moving out of our old apartment we received the balance of our deposit, $530. For a few days, we didn’t even cash the check, we just pondered what we should do with the money. We’re both relatively frugal and simple in our tastes so we didn’t, even for a moment, consider buying a new tv or anything so fancy. We want to use this money in a way that is responsible and helpful. But, we’re pretty new at this so we’re taking baby steps. 


So far, we’ve come up with a general idea of what we’ll do with our $530, let us know if you have any suggestions. 

Donate: to the Asheville Humane Society. They are currently building a new animal shelter and need a lot of funding. Mr. Sensiblekitty is currently studying veterinary medicine, so this is a cause near and dear to his heart. Also – we’re going to adopt another kitty soon! We may allocate some of these funds for that, too.

Donate: Barack Obama. I’ve already donated a wee amount to the Obama campaign but we’ve decided to take some of the money and donate a wee bit more. We know every little bit helps and we want to help Obama win in November. Of course, we would also like to encourage you to register to vote if you are not already registered. 

Save: Over $100 is now in a high interest savings account that we have started contributing to. 

Save: We also have a small ‘trip’ account. A bit of money will go in there to help us save for a trip somewhere… possibly Memphis, possibly DC, possibly San Francisco…. 

Purchase: We have one small room in our apartment which we are making into a meditation room. Last night we purchased a small lamp and a handmade basket from Ten Thousand Villages. Ten Thousand Villages is an amazing place to shop – not only for their unique and high quality goods, but also because they pay workers fairly. I’m luck to have one just across the street from where I work!

Purchase: I know I’ve been raving about lately and this won’t be the last you hear about it. But, for all other in-home-items that we need, we’re checking our local Goodwill first, then I’ve found dozens of great things I’d love to have and am trying to keep myself focused on things we NEED rather than things I WANT

Of course, we will also do things like pay bills and buy groceries. We are inspired to do something more with our tiny windfall, though. Any other suggestions ?


Written by sensiblekitty

September 18, 2008 at 11:55 am

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  1. Hey Sensible Kitty… Thanks for thinking of us and the animals. You donation to the building campaign is so needed and would be greatly appreciated. And how exciting to think of bringing another kitty into your life by adopting one from the shelter? Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help! All the best – the staff and animals at AHS.

    Asheville Humane

    September 19, 2008 at 2:45 pm

  2. We just donated! Keep up the good work and we’ll keep supporting you. Also, we’ll be by soon to look at kitties! xo – Sensible Kitty


    September 19, 2008 at 4:35 pm

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