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How To Break Even With 39 And 60

So many shiny quarters.

So apparently even when I’m not thinking about it, I’m knocking things off of my Not-So-Bucket-List list. In this case, item #39 and item #60. Now, don’t get too excited folks. Neither of these items were monumental challenges. And in the grand scheme of things, only one is probably truly blog-worthy. But here I am, writing about both of them.

Item #39 – Save $500 In Change

This is the item that’s really not so blog-worthy. I mean, it’s change. Who really cares that I’ve managed to collect an immense pile of coins over the past year or so? I do, that’s who. And why should I care? Because $500 is bigger than $0, that’s why. W00t!

What am I going to do with my new-found wealth? Well, there are 2 options. The first is the responsible option; apply it to my bills. The second is the fun option; use it for adventuring. I’m not sure what the answer will be at this point. Especially considering that the coins need to be rolled before I can take them to the bank. And have I mentioned how heavy this much coin is? I’m definitely not going to want to carry it to the bank myself.

1 million interweb points to whomever can guess the number of pennies in these containers.

Now, before you assume that I’m a complete loser who spent his Sunday afternoon procrastinating by counting change, let me state for the record that I did procrastinate by counting change, but I didn’t count everything exactly. That is, I estimated the total. And estimating is cool, right?

How did I estimate? you might be wondering. Well, I could have used a scale (if I owned one), but instead I opted to measure out a length of stacked coins. Knowing how tall a pile of coins was, I could easily make a bunch of stacks and assume they were worth the same. Hence, an estimate. I also ball-parked the pennies because cripes-on-a-cracker, I didn’t want to count all of them. I’m sure by the size of the ‘penny jar’, you’ll understand why I opted to guestimate. Note: the thin glass decanter depicted in the picture to the right is a standard sized decanter.

Item #60 – Buy A New Camera

I actually bought a new camera in July, and completely forgot that it was on my list! How ridiculous is that?

My camera. So shiny and new. I shall call him Snappy.

Anyway, I picked up my fancy-pants new camera when I was in Chicago visiting Benjamin. It’s a Fujifilm FinePix F500 EXR, which translates to super-duper-awesome. The camera was cheaper to purchase in Chicago (what with the exchange rate and the typically lower prices for electronics in the U.S. of A.), and rather convenient because I wanted to get some good shots while I was there (and my iPhone camera isn’t always the best).

The camera is pretty sweet, with lots of buttons and functions that I still don’t understand. It has a pretty sweet zoom on it, and the images it captures are fantastic. I do however have to brush up on all that it can do, if I ever plan to take a decent picture.

Sadly, I haven’t used it much since I bought it because I haven’t been on any epic adventures (what with my hernia surgery and such like). However, I will be heading on yet another trip shortly – all part of my mission to achieve item #195 on my Not-So-Bucket-List list. And next month I have a conference in British Columbia, so hopefully it will get some use then.

Anyway, given that I managed to save $500 in change but also spent a sizeable chunk of coin on the camera, I’ve managed to break even more-or-less. But this is the best kind of breaking even as it has involved a trip, it has involved the purchase of a camera, and it will likely involve a new adventure funded at least in part by the $500 in change. Awesome.

Okay, clearly I’m not breaking even at all. But I’m having a bunch of fun in the process, and that is a huge win in my books.