Once upon a time (as I like to call my twenties) I lived the life I wanted, not the life I could afford. In that life, I traveled to many distant lands – Japan, Panama, and most of Europe. My Sugar Daddy (or as you may know him by his formal name MasterCard) was more than happy to fund my soul searching journeys. But imagine my surprise 10 years later. Not only has he broken up with me, he has demanded all that money back. So currently, my taste buds travel more than my passport and I am left without my “there are some things money can’t buy, for everything else there’s” a Sugar Daddy.
However, I promised my best friend I would run the Paris marathon with her in April 2011. And given my personal financial marathon to get out of the red, it seems I must come up with a new plan to get to that Parisian starting line.
Since most of my paychecks go to pay for my what I did in my twenties, I am left with what is an afterthought to many people. Quarters, Dimes, Nickels and Pennies. All whom I love, all whom I save. “Pennies for Paris” is my new campaign. I spend only bills and save all the change. And when I use my bank debit card, for every purchase a dollar goes into my savings account. It may seem small, but every day it grows larger. So far in the last month I have saved $47.11.
Now that I have set the pace to get to Paris, all I have to worry about are the 26.2 miles I have to run once I am there.
– Mia (travelgirl’s behind the scenes web girl)