So at the beginning of summer a friend showed me this scholarship, The Shop Smart Scholarship, for college students who creatively budget their lives. He told me he didn’t really know of anyone else who had a more interesting way of budgeting than me with my blog and my 40 dollars.
So I entered.
And I won. $2,000.
I was one of five applicants who won $2,000 out of over 5,000 entries. Talk about a holy shit moment. I received the call while at work and despite being a tough cookie, got so excited there may have been a tear or two. $2,000 is more than I have EVER had in my bank account.
Yes, that includes whenever I was too young to want to spend any of my Christmas or birthday money and it went into an account I didn’t have access to until I was 16.
The most amount of money I had ever held (of my own) was $400 I had saved up over a baseball season to buy a video iPod when I was 14. Now I was holding a check that was worth $2,000.
Excuse the hack Photoshop job of the picture. I wanted to show you guys the check without revealing too much private information.
The next question is what am I going to use this money for? Well, unlike most scholarships this was not directly given to the school. It’s given to me to utilize and help make my budget more successful.
So what does this mean? Is FortyorLess getting an upgrade? Will I now be FiftyorLess?
Nope. I’m sticking to my guns. Forty dollars each week will remain my allowance. I want to try and treat $2,000 as the new 0 of my savings account. I want to build on top of that and grow that $2,000 into as much as I can. By making $2,000 my new 0, I will only add to the account, rather than take from it. However, I am looking ahead and am planning where the $2,000 can help me most. (i.e. Loans, housing costs etc.)
Stay tuned, folks! See where this $2,000 dollars take me.