Start with $5; Get $12,000

This story about how a writer who saves every $5 bill she comes across, and in three years has amassed $12,000, is the most e-mailed story today on

I had a similar idea in my 31 Days of Saving article, though I suggested saving $1 bills. (Maybe fives is the better way to go). I’ve never tried it, but I’ll bet it works wonders. The closest I’ve come was when I worked at Starbucks I received cash tips of between $10 and $30 a week. I stashed those away and had over $1,000 in less than a year. Do you set aside cash for savings? How do you do it?

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About David Weliver

David Weliver is the founding editor of Money Under 30. He's a cited authority on personal finance and the unique money issues we face during our first two decades as adults. He lives in Maine with his wife and two children.