It's just fortuitous that I would post today, because I finally took action last night on idea that we had beyond just collecting bottles and cans along with finding money. (See below.)
Which until know is all we have ever done and over the past 4 years my wife had a job where many co-workers through out their bottles and cans and she would bring them home. I would also snag the bottles and cans out of the recycle bin at our apartment complex. (She no longer has the job, but still bring home a few bottles each week from her new job.)
The breakdown in case you are interested is:
- 358 pennies = $3.58
- 67 nickels = $3.35
- 158 dimes = $15.80
- 114 quarters = $28.50
- 1 fifty-cent piece = $0.50
- 36 one dollar bills = $36
- 4 five dollar bills = $20
- 2 ten dollar bills = $20
- 1 twenty dollar bill = $20
We now have as of this morning a
Grand Total Stake of $147.73!
In only 8 years!
So the idea that I finally took action on last night was to find and repair bicycles. I will then sell them on Craigs list hopefully at a small profit. We will take our stake of $147.63 to invest in the parts as we need them.
I have found a non-profit group locally that will teach me bicycle repair, allow me to use their tools and even provide some of the parts from donated bicycles.
I started collecting found bicycles from our apartment complex's trash about a year ago. I now have blank number of bicycles.
I'm going to donate the kids bikes to the non-profit group, that's all they will take anyways, and work on the others and find homes for them.
I also plan to document everything as I do it with another blog and perhaps create an ebook out of it to sell online. We will see. So far this has been the only idea we have had in 8 years that really fits the game, but it's been fun for us to find money and take the bottles in to see how much money we have found that way.