How would you use an extra $250 right now?
What if I said that you could not just stash it away in savings or use it to directly pay down debt?
Well, that’s the challenge.
In a comment, tell us specifically how you would use $250. The reader who leaves the best response before 11:59pm EST on Monday, October 1, 2012 will win a $250 Serve prepaid card courtesy of American Express. Update: The contest — and comments — are now closed. We are in the middle of the (very difficult) process of picking a winner, which we will announce here soon. Thank you for everybody who entered and all the great ideas!
If you missed our review last week, Serve is a legit new alternative to debit and other prepaid cards that you’ll want to check out.
What I did with my $250 Serve card
As I mentioned, American Express gave me a $250 Serve card also to try out. Ultimately, I decided to use the money they gave me for charity. This morning I went out and bought $225.68 worth of new socks and underwear, coffee, and toiletries for The Preble Street Resource Center, a large homeless shelter, soup kitchen, and outreach program here in Portland, Maine.
I snapped the above pic of the bounty I got, and I’ll find a way to donate the remaining $24.32:
Obviously, just because I used the money for charity does not mean you have to. Consider this a donation from all Money Under 30 readers!
So have at it in the comments: How would you use $250? We’ll be looking for the most creative answer, so put your thinking caps on, and good luck!
Update: The contest — and comments — are now closed. We are in the middle of the (very difficult) process of picking a winner, which we will announce here soon. Thank you for everybody who entered and all the great ideas!