Due to the scary state of our finances, I've found it VERY difficult to start an "Emergency fund" which I know is very important. And, not only that but even to set aside any $$ for Birthdays & Christmas. And we are not parents who "overdo" it on gifts either.
So, for less than a year now I've been "snagging" all my rebates, online earnings, research study earnings, etc and kind of "hiding" it. I'm not REALLY hiding it because my husband knows I do this, but he doesn't pay any attention to how much I manage to snag!
Anyway, I counted what I had today and was totally surprised!!! I have $270 in my secret stash here at home, and then $240 that I transferred from my paypal to a bank account a while back, and just requested another $50+ to transfer from paypal to the bank account! PLUS, all of Christmas was taken out of my "stash." So, I have $560 saved up!!! Plus I have another $30 in Amazon gift cards I'm building up to use for my kids birthdays in June.
Yippee! I'm so happy!