For the last 15 years or so Hubby and I have been throwing change into a cookie jar I have in the kitchen. Over the years our kids have “stolen” quarters from the jar to wash the car, do laundry at college and the like but never once was it ever completely emptied. Well we got the microwave cabinet (which no longer has a microwave on it) in place in the kitchen and the cookie jar was going to go back into it’s place on the cabinet. That’s when I said to Hubby, “Maybe it’s time to cash that in.”
We had always thought we’d go on vacation with the money or something like that but never did that happen. We talked for a minute about what we should do with the money….we came up with a “really original” plan. We’d share with the kid of ours who could guess the amount and we’d use the rest for an additional house payment.
I sent the above picture to our kids. They were told they had to guess and whoever was closest without going over would get 1/4 of the money. They all had to privately guess so someone couldn’t under bid and say a dollar under another’s bid. I dumped the money into ice cream buckets and was off to the bank.
Kelli was home and watching the childcare kids so I could go to the bank.
I jumped in the truck and just started easing the truck out of the garage…and CRUNCH!!!
I hit Kelli’s car. We have a RULE that no one is suppose to park behind the truck bay. Hubby is a first responder and fireman so we never know when he has to be out of here in a hurry. Kelli had Puppycat and Carver and parked behind the truck bay so Puppycat didn’t run off she could get them both in the house in one trip.
Anyway…here’s what Kelli’s car looks like.
UGH! Kelli was upset. I really wasn’t. Stuff happens. Kelli wasn’t mad at me..more herself.
…but back to the coin story-I went on to the bank….here’s the tally. I will admit that I ended up loosing the excitement of it all….I now knew what my money would be going for, a new bumper. UGH.
So here are the guesses and payout.
Kalissa was closest and the payout was $110.62.
Once we got that done I called the insurance company and was told that most people pay these minor things out of pocket so their insurance premium won’t go up. REALLY?? What’s the point of insurance? Kelli got the estimate…. $1200. UGH. UGH. UGH.
As for the cookie jar, we’ll likely have a similar story about taking the jar to the bank in 15 years….or maybe only 10 years as this time around there aren’t going to be teenagers “stealing” from it living in our house-Maybe it will fill quicker but maybe not. We don’t use cash or change nearly as much as we used to.