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Finding money is an easy way to gather small amounts of capital

Vision

I close my eyes and visualize coins laying on the street. If you look for it money is everywhere!I see pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters. I see sofa cushions, coke machines, parking lots, and pay phones. Keeping my vision open, I open my eyes and see reality through my dream. Now all I have to do is align the two and the dream becomes real.

Experiment Title

Finding money laying on the ground.

Objective

From $1.92 in reserve capital, I plan to invest up to $ 1.00 , expecting a return of $1.10 or greater.  This would include a profit of $ 0.10 or more.

Hypothesis

If I search with intense observation I can raise a small amount of capital to fund future investments just by picking up coins laying upon the ground.

Procedure

I didn't use any special equipment.  Searching intently some of the areas that popped up in my vision, I found money.  I'm not expecting to find a fortune, but there is always a chance at pirates treasure.  I'll also be looking for low cost items that I might purchase for resale at a profit. 

The tiny nature of these early ventures preclude reckless expenses. I'll design my searches to be on foot or coincidental to other activities to keep expenses to a minimum.

I check the ground as I walk, especially in parking lots and stores.  I notice when a flash or sparkle reflects off something.  Sometimes it is shiny metal, glass, or foil.  Sometimes it is found treasure.    I’ve already learned that it is amazing how much money I’ve been overlooking.  Now that I look for it; I find it.

Results

Notice the condition of the money in the above picture. Found money is often in poor shape. The bank will probably retire it from circulation after deposit. That's okay; we may retire after we reach our goal.

I check the ground as I walk, especially in parking lots and stores.  I notice when a flash or sparkle reflects off something.  Sometimes it is shiny metal, glass, or foil.  Sometimes it is found treasure.    I’ve already learned that it is amazing how much money I’ve been overlooking.  Now that I look for it; I find it.

dime and penny together

Questions

Where are the best places to find money?  I notice that coins I find are in areas frequented by working class people.  In the richer areas, there seems not to be as many coins on the ground.  I suspect working people have so little leisure time, that they had rather lose a coin than chase one down as it rolls away.  Wealthy people see dropped coins as money they've already paid taxes on so they are less inclined to let them escape.

Conclusion or Final Result

During the previous step, while picking up cans, I found money additional to the penny I found at the beginning.  With money laying around it seemed natural to use this easy money for the next step.

Some of these coins have been abandoned for a long time.  Notice in the top picture, that many of the coins are in bad shape.   The banks don’t care! I found a penny at a gas station. 1 cent.  I found the next cent in the parking lot of a donut shop.  2 cents!  The third penny was in the dirt on the way to a portable toilet at a Garland train station.  3 cents, now!  Found another penny at the same donut shop...different time.  4 cents.  Found the fifth penny at work.

Found another penny at the base of a loading  dock at work….  6 cents.  Someone had put a penny in a plastic screw divider...perhaps they had used it as a screwdriver in a crunch.  I don't know.  I will use it as a tool to make two million dollars :-)  Seven cents now.  Found yet another in the parking lot of Albertson's ...a grocery store.  Makes eight cents.  Found an old penny that had laid in this spot for more than a week.  Nobody wanted it.  Poor little penny.  Now it will be among nine friends joined together to make a mighty fortune.  Nine down...ten to go!

Found another penny in the dirt.  10 cents.  From earth is a penny made..to earth shall it return...but not until I am finished with it.  I shall sow it in good earth that it return to me abundantly.

Eureka!  Found a Dime in the parking lot of McDonalds.  Parking lots can be like banks for poor capitalists looking for a start.  Remember it is not the size of the capital that matters but the game.  Also, it is beginning to sink into my thick skull that the longer I engage in the hunt for capital, the larger the treasures that present themselves to me.  Note the change from pennies to dimes.

In Wheatridge, Colorado, I found folding money.  We start small but when we seek the universe sees to it that we find.  With the folding money and the coins, It’s time to call this deal finished.  I’ll not stop picking up coins, but I’ll move my focus to the next level.  That’s really what this is about.  Learning how to set goals and accomplish them, growing closer and closer to our larger goal.

dollars below phone booth

Found this at a 7-11 in Colorado. Someone may have been frustrated they couldn't use it in the pay phone. Money is strewn about everywhere, but phone booths are getting scarce.

close-up of windfall dollars

I started with $1.92 in capital. I was looking to risk $1.10. When it was all over I had $5.30 before taxes and charitable contributions

As a good citizen we happily set back 35% of $3.38 for taxes =$1.18 leaving $2.20

As a good person we contribute 10% of $2.20 to a good cause= $0.22

That nets us $3.90 for the next investment with a little left over for surplus in case things go badly.

 

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