Garden thoughts

greenBeans
(photo by me today in our garden)

If you’ve ever had a garden, you probably know that you end up with more produce than you can use. So you eat some, you freeze or can some and you give some away. There’s so much it’s hard to imagine not sharing it.

This sounds like money management to me – give, save and spend.

But what if we built a money garden? What if we built something that could cough up 5% each time. Wouldn’t it be amazing to have something in place that could produce funds – enough to save, spend and share?

While I’m asking questions, why is it you can take a sack of green beans to a friend and it’s graciously received but you can’t just hand your friend a twenty dollar bill?

Ephesians 4:28b … let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.

I always took that to mean that part of my ability to earn a living was so I could help someone else.

And maybe you’re saying something like “Oh yea let’s just all go out and buy a golden goose.” That’s exactly what I’m trying to do. This is on the side. It’s over and above our 401k retirement planning. So let’s say with the money we have right now, we learn to recognize good value in used cars. We buy paying cash, clean them up and sell for a 5% profit after expenses? We don’t “need” this money for day to day living expenses, retirement, etc. It’s a game for crying out loud! So we aren’t desperate to sell. Because we learned value, we made our money when we bought the vehicle and now it’s for sale for fair market value.

We can take the profit and roll it all into the Money Game, or we can spend some or give some away. As the fund grows, the “produce” increases. That’s one example of how this could be fleshed out.

Do you see it? Am I communicating the vision?

Today’s power up is our regular monthly deposit of $125. I’m trying to back this up a little each month. The sooner it goes in, the more interest it earns.

Today’s Deposit: $125.00
Level Completed: 169 out of 251
Amount Deposited this month: $1,725.74
Total Balance: $19,801.20
Our Money Game fund has increased 9.6% so far this month.

$ 204.37 is needed to reach the next level

New? Start here …

Google Doc spreadsheet showing all 250 levels of the Money Game

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