One of my favorite blog posts early on with this site, was rummaging through my metal safe and blogging about all its contents.
Mainly cuz I was just as surprised to see what was in there as the 2 readers of my site back then (haha….), but also cuz I remembered how FUN and COOL I felt having a real-life safe in my house too :) And still do to this day, of course.
But outside all that emotional awesomeness, keeping a fireproof and/or burglarproof safe in your place is also SUPER SUPER smart as well. Even if it’s a tiny one that just holds a few passports and some wads of cash (ya never know!). We all think disasters can never happen to us, but so did all those people that have lost all their belongings and loved ones over the years :( And while a safe can’t protect you from everything, of course, it’s a pretty easy thing to check off the list and maintain. Unlike an underground secret lair which would naturally be even better ;)
So today I thought we’d play a game called, “I’m gonna show you what’s in mine, and then you’re gonna tell me what would be in YOURS if you won one.”
Yup! We’re gonna do a giveaway, baby! The folks at SentrySafe want to give people a “Make Taxing Less Taxing” day, and on top of it award someone a brand new FIRE-SAFE®-HD4100! Perfect for all those documents you’ll be storing away soon, as well as your valuables. To top it off, they’re gonna throw in a $25 gift card to Wal-Mart too! So you can fill it with all those *other* things you still need to buy to make the safe complete. Maybe like folders or rocks or even candy? (It’s your dream ;))
Up for it? I’ll get started. Since I already have a safe – and they gave me the same one you’re getting too for playing along here (my bother’s gonna owe me one!), I’ll tell you all the stuff that’s currently sitting in ours right now. Here we go…
The contents of my safe:
- Both our passports
- A handful of other important documents
- Current and old checkbooks (remember those?)
- A portable hard drive holding a lot of files from over the years
- $500 in cash – all different denominations just in case… (of zombies only accepting $1s)
- And a few of my best basketball cards ;)
Funnily enough the one thing that’s NOT in there is my tax stuff ;) Which is probably not that smart of me now that I think about it… But okay, your turn! Tell us what YOU’D put in your safe if you had one (or what’s currently in there now if you ALREADY have one – you can generalize and be anonymous if you’d like), and we’ll pick a winner via Random.org THIS Sunday night and give the lucky winner a brand new FIRE-SAFE®-HD4100! Along w/ that $25 Wal-Mart card to start filling it.
Sound good? And if you already have one, but still want to play along anyways – no problem. Just make a note not to count you in the giveaway. Ready? Set? Fill that safe!
PS: You must be a resident of the U.S. or Canada to enter, and have your answers in by this Saturday night at Midnight, March 3rd. Good luck!
PPS: SentrySafe’s also giving away a $5,000 savings bond – check it out!
***GIVEAWAY OVER!*** The lucky winner of an awesome safe AND $25 to WalMart is…. dum dum dum… Blue! Congrats! You’ll receive an email from me shortly on how to get your prizes :)
PS: Some of my favorite tools:
|Personal Capital (FREE) -- If you’re looking for a robust financial tracker, Personal Capital is the way to go! They’re like Mint, but on steroids and have much better tools for investment and net worth tracking. // Full review|
|Digit (FREE) -- A super easy (and automated) way to save. Every day Digit analyzes your income and expenses and will push money aside for you any time it sees extra sitting there. I've saved over $4,000 myself using them so far! // Full review|
|Acorns -- Having trouble finding money to invest? Check out Acorns – they round up all your transactions to the nearest $1.00 and drops the difference into an investment portfolio for you. Easy way to start investing! // Full review|