Don’t you love this bright green Mustang? I couldn’t resist taking a picture of it! And, green is the color of our currency, so it seemed a fitting tribute. It was in the parking lot of the Old Mission San Luis Rey on our recent visit and I thought – WOW – if I was 21 again, I would want this gorgeous, hot-looking car! But, alas, I’m not 21 and I’ve already owned a Mustang; a bright blue one that Charlie gave me years ago for Valentine’s Day! I know – what an awesome gift! He’s generous like that! But, we outgrew the Mustang and sold it to a 21-year-old guy years ago!
For Saving Mr. Lincoln – September 2013 Update, I have an announcement! Two of my friends have shared with me that they are saving their Mr. Lincoln’s! So, I want to give a big “shout out” to Tamie and Becky and congratulate them on joining my Saving Mr. Lincoln movement!
Yes, I’m now calling this project a “movement”. A “movement” because as more and more join in saving Mr. Lincoln’s, more and more will have money put aside for:
- A rainy day
- An emergency fund (funds available instead of having to use a charge card)
- A travel fund (me!)
- A retirement fund
- A new car
- A back-to-school fund
- A vacation fund
- A Christmas fund (remember those days? A Christmas savings account at your bank?)
- Whatever you want your Saving Mr. Lincoln fund to be!
If you’ve missed earlier Saving Mr. Lincoln posts, you can get caught up here:
- Saving Mr. Lincoln
- Saving Mr. Lincoln – March 2013 Update
- Saving Mr. Lincoln – April 2013 Update
- Saving Mr. Lincoln – May 2013 Update
- Saving Mr. Lincoln – June 2013 Update
- Saving Mr. Lincoln – July 2013 Update
- Saving Mr. Lincoln – August 2013 Update
So, here’s a quick overview of the Saving Mr. Lincoln plan, just in case you have no clue what I’m talking about: save all the 5 dollar bills (Mr. Lincoln’s) that you get as change from a purchase or as a gift. In March of this year, my husband, Charlie, joined my Saving Mr. Lincoln plan, so my reported savings each month include his savings too!
For the Saving Mr. Lincoln – September 2013 Update, I’m happy to report that Charlie and I are still going strong and we have added $125.00 (25 Mr. Lincoln’s) to our bank account. Our new Saving Mr. Lincoln balance is $800.00! I’m doing a happy dance because at this rate, we will definitely reach $1,000.00 before the Saving Mr. Lincoln anniversary on February 12, 2014!
I do have to share, though, that I have been woefully remiss in meeting the challenges I have set for myself! In spite of not working on my challenges, we were able to save 25 Mr. Lincoln’s. If you want to read about my challenges, see my earlier post, Saving Mr. Lincoln – August 2013 Update.
I did continue to keep Challenge #1: don’t buy coffee drinks when out-and-about.
And, I successfully did Challenge #4: explore ways to have fun spending less money. On this front, Charlie and I had some fun going to two of the Missions in our area. We went to the Old Mission San Luis Rey (1798) in Oceanside, California and the Mission San Antonio de Pala (1816) in Pala, California. Both part of the California Mission system, these two missions are part of the 21 missions up-and-down the State of California founded between 1768 and 1853. Both Missions are free to visit, but charge to tour their museums. The charge, however, is minimal: $5.00 at Old Mission San Luis Rey and $2.00 at Mission San Antonio de Pala.
Stay tuned for future posts about these beautiful missions! I took some awesome pictures!
Since I’m not meeting 4 of my 6 challenges now, I’m holding off on adding more challenges until I’ve mastered those. In the meantime, I’ll continue to save my Mr. Lincoln’s and build my travel fund!
(other posts about ways to save)