Zaelyn’s Rocks

ZaelynsRocks

I apologize for the low quality picture; my phone is about to die. A friend of mine has an enterprising daughter named Zaelyn. She made cute rocks like this for sale and I’m a sucker for cute kids with cute crafty things for sale. I bought two at a dollar a piece. For some crazy reason, I kept these over the years. Zae is in high school now and she’s looking at colleges.

I wish I had taken a better picture. The rock on the left has the cutest ribbon in its hair. These rocks have something to say don’t you think?

Meanwhile I have a power up to report. We have an expense check, extra from fuel and a $2 surprise for taking a Nielsen survey. $289.32 is a nice power up.

Level Completed: 153 out of 251
Amount Deposited this month: $406.59
Total Balance: $9,123.54
Our Money Game fund has increased 4.7% so far this month.

$41.24 is needed to reach the next level

Doing what’s working

I have had several struggles during January and February. I recognize part of it is winter. I literally ask Alexa (Amazon Echo) what time the sun will set every day after winter solstice and rejoice in each added minute or two of daylight. I’m counting down to daylight savings time (March 12 – bring it on!)

But I’m also realizing that I’ve been beating myself up as I play the Money Game for not doing better with sales. The game stopped being so much fun when I started trying to “make” myself sell stuff.

So let’s look at athletic games focusing on team sports. A good pitcher is not an outfielder right? A quarterback has a different skill set than a running back.

I’m an introvert who loves playing games and who enjoys writing. This game has made saving and finding ways to make our money work harder and smarter a blast. It’s obviously working for me.

But who cares? You probably don’t know me and even if you do, how is my skill set going to get you leveling up in the Money Game?

It won’t but reading about my experience may help you to keep playing while watching what seems to work the best for you. Pulling a few more dollars out of the budget to make a $2.63 deposit may be like pulling teeth to you. Constant budgeting may feel even worse. You may be the one who gets out there and sells like crazy making so much money in one transaction that you go from 0 to 60 so why in the world would you want to waste your time looking for spare change and a few dollars?

You may be the person who is so service oriented with great people skills that you start a service that takes off in a big way. You’re the guy hiring and training others to do the work. You hire an admin to bill for the services, pay the workers a fair wage and send you the difference. You’re spending your time helping other people while money keeps rolling in.

If you’re a teen, you may find ways to make money babysitting while you knock out your homework once the kiddos are asleep. Or you teach kids to swim or you’re buying and selling video games for a profit.

My point is to start playing. Go sofa diving if you have to in order to start but keep asking yourself what you can do with what you have to make more. If anything is obvious to you, dive in and do it.

The thing I’m beginning to love about the Money Game is that it shows you what’s best about yourself. It puts the wind at your back and pushes you along as you do the things you are naturally gifted to do.

Level 153: Kicking off March

We came in under on fuel for the week by $15.31 and under on utilities by $100.73. February was a short month so the interest earned on the fund was down slightly at just $1.23.

Today’s deposit is $117.27 which completes Level 153.

Level Completed: 153 out of 251
Amount Deposited this month: $117.27
Total Balance: $8,834.22
Our Money Game fund has increased 1.4% so far this month.

$330.56 is needed to reach the next level

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Google Doc spreadsheet showing all 250 levels of the Money Game

February Wrap-up

The days are flying by faster than I can keep up. Here’s how February went down. We regularly deposit $125 in our Money Game fund on the last day of the month. That brought our total to $8,716.95. We are *this close* to finishing Level 153 and moving on.

The biggest thing I want to concentrate on is that our fund grew 12.7% this month. The month seemed a bit slow but it still grew more than what many investors would like to see for an entire year.

Level Completed: 152 out of 251
Amount Deposited this month: $979.77
Total Balance: $8,716.95
Our Money Game fund has increased 12.7% so far this month.

$10.18 is needed to reach the next level

New? Start here …

Google Doc spreadsheet showing all 250 levels of the Money Game