Bet you didn’t know you’d wake up to THIS today! :) But it’s actually a real day, and all geared around keeping those people in your life safe, as well as your sexy valuables.
Here’s the origination of National SAFE Day, although unfortunately it’s not much of a happy one :(
“National SAFE Day was founded by the family of 13-year-old Brooklynn Mae Mohler, who was accidentally shot and killed when her best friend picked up and played with a loaded, unsecured handgun found in a kitchen cabinet. Every year, children die due to accidental shootings that could have been prevented by responsible gun security.
National SAFE Day encourages everyone to:
- Secure all firearms
- Ask whether there are any unsecured firearms in the homes your children visit
- Frequently talk to your children about the dangers of firearms, and to
- Educate and Empower others to be SAFE
And that 2nd point up there is a biggie as guns are now in over 55% of households! Which means your kids – and my kids! – have been in homes with guns whether they’re properly secured or not… And I gotta be honest – I rarely think to ask about this when letting my kids go over to their friends’ houses. I don’t even know an appropriate way to bring it up, do you?
But apparently even just a modest increase of people locking up their guns reduces gun-related youth suicide and accidental death by 1/3, and with the gun population now surpassing the *people* population in our country (!), it’s even more important we do our best to protect our loved ones!
And one of the best ways to do this, of course, is to stash them in a literal safe :) As well as all your other valuables and important docs for that matter – which we’ll now switch our attention to so this post doesn’t get any more depressing!
Before we get to that though, let me real quickly give a shout to Alpha Guardian for partnering up with me on this today as I’ve already learned a ton just researching SAFE day, but also for making it their mission to try and get one safe in every single household – which is something I strongly believe in too, and you as a personal finance nerd should as well!
Long-time readers know I’ve been rockin’ safes for years now, and gun safety aside, they’re also imperative to help protect your stuff from other kinds of nasty surprises too such as theft, fire outbreaks, mud slides, hurricanes and Lord knows what else this weather of ours will come up with! Ain’t nothing seems off-limits anymore?!
(Remember when I said let’s stop talking about depressing stuff?? Haha….)
But while we can’t control *everything* in life, we can at least do our best to put barriers in the way of this madness, and owning a safe is a simple way to do so.
So let’s play a game here…
I’ll tell you all the stuff I store in *my* safe and why, and then you tell me all the stuff in *yours* and we’ll see who’s is juiciest ;) Cool?
I’ll go first and then it’s your turn… No flaking out on me!!
Everything we keep in our safe, and why:
- Our passports, birth certificates, marriage paperwork, all other important documents (so they don’t burn up in fires, and so we also can find them super easily whenever needed!)
- Our boxes of old check books in case they ever come back in style again (hah!)
- My small, but precious, coin collection (which fortunately (?) doesn’t take up much room)
- My favorite basketball cards from back in the day (do people still collect those?!)
- My back up external hard drives for all pictures, spreadsheets, LOL cats (don’t judge!)
A sack of gold(that would be nice)
- And then a wad of $500 in all different denominations in case of a zombie apocalypse and/or business opportunities that may land on my lap ;)
Credit is nice, but cold hard cash still rules the world! Haha…
Your turn now!! What do YOU store in your safe, and why?
You don’t feel like sharing anymore??
And I basically divulged all my secrets for nothing?!
Okay then, well let’s try this….
Who wants a brand new $200 fireproof safe for their home?
Along with a wad of 100 $1.00 bills in it??
You do? Awesome! All you have to do to enter is TELL ME WHAT’S HIDING IN YOUR SAFE!!!!
And if you don’t have one yet and that’s why you’re on this giveaway, then just tell me what you *would* put in it if you happen to win and that works too :)
You don’t have to divulge everything btw, just tell me a few of the things you find important to store there, and then feel free to go anonymously if it makes you more comfortable.
Here’s the safe that’s up for grabs today, courtesy of Alpha Guardian who owns some of the most popular safe brands out there as Cannon Safe, GunVault, and then Stack-On who made today’s safe. Would make an excellent upgrade if you already have one, or even a gift to someone else!
This large fireproof personal safe features all-steel welded construction to provide protection that goes far beyond that of similarly priced composite safes. The electronic lock allows you to program a personalized 3–8 digit combination, has a low battery warning system, and includes a backup key.
- Fireproof for 30 minutes up to 1400° F (verified by an independent laboratory)
- Electronic lock stores a 3-8 digit combination – backup key included
- 2-way locking with 4 solid-steel live-action bolts and 2 deadbolts
- Welded-steel construction
- Low battery warning system
- 2 adjustable carpeted shelves
- Door opens beyond 180°
- Mounting hardware included
- Keypad can be silenced
Want it?? Just tell me what you’d put in here, and you’ll be entered to win!
I already know one thing that’ll be in it – a wad of 100 one dollar bills!!! Woop woop! Just don’t spend them all in one spot, if you know what I’m sayin’ ;)
Make sure to get your entry in by this Sunday night at midnight, and then we’ll announce the winner shortly thereafter on Monday morning (both on this same blog post, as well as by directly reaching out to the winner). And U.S. residences only I’m afraid… you don’t even wanna know that shipping cost!
Big thanks again to Alpha Guardian for hooking us up today, and for all the info around SAFE Day for that matter… Sucks it was started around such a tragic event, but at least more people now are talking about it like us!!
If you’re on social media and want to help us pass on the word, please do so and tag #NationalSAFEDay. I’m not sure if it’s a “thing” yet, but maybe we can help make it one? ;)
Good luck, everyone!
***UPDATE*** The giveaway is now over! Thanks for participating everyone!! The lucky winner of the Stack-On safe is…. Sarah D. Congrats!! Will be reaching out to you shortly to get your info :) And for everyone else, I hope you’ll still consider picking one up to safeguard all your treasures over there!! And your firearms!
UPDATE II: For a list of my favorite overall responses from this giveaway (the funniest, smartest, and even creepiest!), visit our recent blog post: All the interesting stuff people put in their safes ;)
PS: I was also gifted a safe from Alpha Guardian for promoting this, although sadly there were no wads of cash stacked in it, womp…
Jay loves talking about money, collecting coins, blasting hip-hop, and hanging out with his three beautiful boys. You can check out all of his online projects at jmoney.biz. Thanks for reading the blog!