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Ripping up a Dollar Bill

“It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.” 
― Arthur Conan DoyleThe Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

[ Day 84 of 2000 ]

My favorite weekend chore is taking GBoy to the local library. He is now old enough that I can let him loose in the kids section with a huge bag. I then roam around the whole building. I love the sight and smell of books. One of the spots I always stop by is the audio books aisle.

I am not a huge fan of audio books. I can read faster than listening to it, and I don’t usually like the tone or the voice or something else about them. However, there are times I would like to read, but can’t. Like when I am driving to work.

Last week, I came across Financial Freedom by Suze Orman at the library. I had heard of her, but had never read anything written by her. I picked it up, and popped it into my car’s CD player.

To be honest, I didn’t like the whole thing too much.  It was entertaining. It also has valuable advice for someone who doesn’t save enough. However, it wasn’t for me. I cannot believe that money has a life force or that it will come to me only if I respect it.

However, there was one thing that stuck with me.

Right in the beginning, she starts off by asking a bunch of people to rip a dollar bill into half. She asks the audio book audience to rip up their own bill. I was driving, and had no dollar bill on me. And so I didn’t. However, just the sound of paper ripping on the CD gave me goosebumps.

This was not the first time I heard paper rip. This was just the first time I thought I heard money being torn.

My reaction to that surprised even myself. It was just a dollar. It is not like I don’t waste a dollar. If I could buy something unwanted just because it was a dollar, I should be able to do this. Trust me, I have done enough of that. I love going into dollar stores. Partly because it is still a novelty for me. There are no dollar stores(or anything equivalent) in India, and our town didn’t have one until a few months back.

I came home, found a one dollar bill, and tried to rip it. I couldn’t. Thanks to my will power, I could get to the point where I convinced myselt that I could do it. I still didn’t do it 😉

When BusyDad came home, I asked him to rip it up. He asked me what had got into me, and then happily ripped it up.

Do I have the whole thing wrong? Why do I attach so much importance to a piece of colored paper? Even when I know that I can tape it up back together, I cannot tear a dollar bill into two. A few days before this, David Cox from IRetiredYoung asked me us the same question. Is it all about the money?

It is nice that getting to financial independence is important to me. I am not sure that it should be the main focus of my life.

I want to be the person who can tear up a dollar bill. As long as I don’t do it regularly…

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14 thoughts on “Ripping up a Dollar Bill

  1. I don’t think I could rip it up either. It seems like a waste of energy and time. I guess it’s some kind of psychological trick that works for a lot of people. Sounds like baloney out of context, though.
    I loved taking our kid to the library too. It was our favorite hang out when he was young. Now he’s older and busy with school so we have’t gone as much. The library is an awesome resource.

    1. I don’t know. It is a waste of energy and time, I agree. But I should be able to tear it up if I want to. It is just a dollar!
      I love the library. May be I will get to work there after I “retire” 🙂

  2. I would have anxiety ripping up the dollar bill for sure.
    Every time I find dollar cleaning out the pants pockets before washing clothes I feel like another angel gets its wings. lol. Must save all the dollars!

    1. We don’t use too much cash. Good for us, because I never check pockets. We would have really clean money! 🙂
      I do rescue all the coins I find in the dryer. Most of them are pennies – GBoy picks them up whenever he sees one.

  3. Suze Orman seriously makes me cringe. Ripping up the dollar doesn’t really serve much of a purpose, even symbolically (in my opinion).

    Plus, that $1 will be $8 after 30 years at 7%! Since I am not a multi-millionaire like Orman, I need every dollar.

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