I always hear about contests where people can win millions. But me? I dream about just getting $5,000 b/c it's more than I've ever had! If you suddenly came into $5,000 -- what would you do with it? What's the best way to spend that "small" amount of money? Join my fantasy!
I would invest some and open my first real investment account, maybe buy a simple car with some, and spend a bit of it on all those little things I've wanted to purchase for my son and my home but never seem to quite have the extra cash to...
Mothering my sweet preschool boy and my new arrival
this recently happened to me-- 300 dollars on a sewing maching I'd been coveting, and the rest in the sah fund!
Texmati-- Knitter, Hindu, vegetarian, WOHM. Wife to superdad and mom to DS 24 months, and DD 8 months! .
well the old me would have had a blast shopping and spending it until it was gone in literally 2 weeks! oh the goodies I would buy...
The new me...sigh, would put it all toward a new car, I'd sell both our cars now and combine that money with the 5g and then buy a really decent used vehicle...Something reliable..
E, wife to D, mommy to G (born March 2010).
I'd take half of it and build the shed that we want to do this spring, so it could be paid for in full with cash! Then I'd put the rest towards paying off one of our credit cards. Which would free up a good amount of money each month since we're sending them a lot more than the minimum payment so we can get it paid off faster.
I would put it in the money market account that is for emergencies. I want to have a year worth of funds as emergency funds. Maybe I would take $200 and split it between dh and I for some fun money. I know what I would buy tho!
I'd have to join the "put it toward transportation" club. Normally, we'd throw the $5,000 at medical bills and credit card debt (i.e. more medical bills). But my 20-year-old minivan blew a head gasket a couple months ago and dh was hit head-on by an 83-year-old nun a couple weeks ago, totaling our one remaining vehicle. DH is also interviewing for jobs this week, and it looks like he may be getting an offer -- from a business about an hour away. So we're *really* going to need a sturdy, small commuter car for him. I'd put most of the $5,000 toward that and the rest toward fixing the totaled vehicle so that I can get around town for errands and get the kids to school.
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Tithe - $500
Save - $3500 in long-term savings/emergency fund
Save $750 in short-term savings (things like car repairs, vacations, unexpected expenses etc)
Spend $250 split between us for fun money :)
Grace-based wife & mama to 2 unschoolers! One & . We live simply & mindfully. Expecting another blessing Feb 2015 Praying for another
Pay off the LOC and CC that is being used right now as DH is in school for a few weeks. And whatever was left, Dh and I would go on a 4 day vacation as a surprise graduation present to him!
If there was any left over than restart the emergency fund that got used up over the last few months (right before DH headed for his last 10 weeks of school)...
$5000 would be PERFECT right now :) We do well on DH's income and after he's done school it should only go up. But it's been years since he and I had more than a night alone or went away together and we never had a honeymoon. It would be fantastic to be able to go away for just a few days together!
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Pay off about half our outstanding balance to the midwife, and maybe a few other smallish debts. I'd like to pay off the whole thing, but improving my employability really works out best for everyone in the long run.
About $500-$1000 on classes that will help me get a job (ACLS, PALS) and a really good driving class (as I don't drive now, have a bit of a phobia of it, and home health may be my best option for finding a job).
$1000-$2000 on food security stuff (stocking up on our basics, gardening stuff, livestock and associated necessities).
Possibly a few hundred on clothing and diapering supplies.
The rest would go towards the house - either the mortgage or making improvements that will hopefully reduce our energy expenses.
And I'm sure that, realistically, a few hundred would end up going towards splurges of some sort or another.
DS born 6/03, DD1 born 9/06, DD2 born 10/10, DD3 born 4/14.
It wouldn't change any of my financial goals, actually, just speed them up a bit. Some of would go to finish off the car loan. The rest would go towards the 6 month emergency fund. Pretty boring, but as a single mom, creating financial security for my kids is very important to me!
Hmmm, I think we'd do-
yardwork- $1000 (I'd like to have a delivery of dirt and to put in a patio in our front yard)
food security/ emergency prep- $300
"fun" purchases- $200 ($100 for each of us)
Jenn<>< crunchy conservative mama to 6
and my way through my stash.
It should probably go into savings or paying off the mortgage, but we would probably spend it on one of our planned projects for the house - finishing some electrical and lighting work, related drywalling, and painting and/or landscaping our yard (we are planning on doing part of it now but, for financial reasons, are only doing half of what we would like to do this year).
Apparently doing it rong and ruining it for everyone, but I don't give a crap anymore.
Dh unexpectedly got a bonus for about that amount from his job last year. We used every single cent to pay debt. If we didn't have any debt we would have probably had a nice dinner or something and then saved the rest. Yeah, we are pretty boring over here ...
mama to three little ladies
Save it! We got an uexpected tax return of that amount and our savings desperately needs it to stay there. Although we did use $200 to buy a nice new to us Burley trailer for ds. Now our family of four can get out on bikes together and save gas!!
I'd pay off my cc (~$2000), get my car all fixed up (~$1000), use a couple hundred for some fun purchases (some new undies...mine are getting all worn out, maybe a couple new shirts and a nice meal out) and then put the rest in my savings account. I'd also be tempted to send the remainder to pay extra on my student loan, but I keep having issues pop up where I suddenly need a lot of cash, so I think it'd be better to be sitting in my savings account, waiting for some inevitable crisis.
Our tax return was about that much and we used it to replace dh's car. His car had 200,000 miles and the transmission had just gone out. We bought him a small commuter car for 3,300 and rest paid the property taxes, sales tax and we bought new beds for two of our daughters.
I'm in the 'fix up the house' club. We've been finishing our basement, DIY, pay-as-we-go. $5k would probably cover decent carpet (and having that much in savings towards the carpet might give DH incentive to finally finish up all of the wiring and drywall)
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