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  • #19643
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    GirlScout
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    I want to begin by saying I have no good excuses. I was young and dumb.

    Me and my two kids (3 and 4) were coming home from out of state and ended up in a small Nevada town with nothing but a gas station and a casino. I went to pay for gas and found out my credit card was maxed out. (Lesson 1 – Keep track of expenses!) The gas station wouldn’t take my out of state check (Lesson 2 – always carry cash) and the attendant snatched up my car keys to prevent my leaving with the $10 in gas not paid for. (Lesson 3 – never give a stranger access to your stuff). I had nothing in my car except the kids and our clothes and some worthless souvenirs. No food, no water and no way home. (Lesson 4 – keep a little water, food, cash in the car for emergencies). We were stuck there for 4 hours. I was eventually able to beg my credit card company to raise my limit so we could get home.

    I was scared, embarrassed and stupid.

    I now keep a well stocked GHB in the car that has a lot more goodies in it as well. Learning is a journey!

    ~ GirlScout
    “It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.”
    ― Charles Darwin

    #19658
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    matt76
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    Glad to hear you made it out ok. At least you learned the lesson now instead of later when it could be more costly.

    #19671
    Selco
    Selco
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    Good example how one perfectly normal situation can go to something very wrong and unpleasant.
    It make sense to be always prepared.

    #19836
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    MountainBiker
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    GirlScout, the good news is that you did learn. I was recently in my son-in-law’s car and noticed he was on “E” with a range of 36 miles until he’d run out of gas. He lives in a suburban setting and has plenty of money but just didn’t see the urgency in stopping for gas. He just assumes the gas stations will always be open when he wants them to be open. Me saying I never let myself go below half a tank just in case there is an emergency didn’t register. I mentioned that I always keep about $1,000 in my truck “just in case”. He thought that was odd because you can always find an ATM to get cash if you need it, but why not just use a credit card? Most people cannot see any reality other than the one they currently live in. Thankfully for you and your kids you learned a lesson and opened your eyes.

    #19843
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    freedom
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    rnews

    GirlScout, great lesson learned which I hope will help you in the future.

    MountainBiker, loved the story about your son-in-law, I also try to always keep the car gas half full and some cash too. Also your saying “Most people cannot see any reality other than the one they currently live in” is so true! One very important thing is to always keep an open mind to all possibilities that can happen and plan for them. I also like the saying to be the hunter not the hunted.

    #19937
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    Novus Ordo
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    rprepper

    Girl Scout – awesome post, thanks for that. Lots of lessons in a short time frame – that always hurts a bit, BUT you made it out okay which is the best part. Started me thinking on where I would keep more than $40 if I had to…maybe remove some plastic and put under the carpet in a ziploc, then replace the plastic. Hmmmmm.

    Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property... mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived of the use of them.
    - Thomas Paine

    #19950
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    MountainBiker
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    Novus Ordo, if you kept the interior of your vehicle as messy as my truck is, hiding money is real easy. Just pick spots that you have a reasonably good chance of remembering where they are. Inside the house a good spot to hide money is in envelopes taped to the backs of photos hanging on the wall. A perfect $1,000 is 30 $20 bills, and 25 each $10’s, $5’s, and $1’s.

    #20508
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    Anselm
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    <div class=”d4p-bbp-quote-title”>MountainBiker wrote:</div>Novus Ordo, if you kept the interior of your vehicle as messy as my truck is, hiding money is real easy. Just pick spots that you have a reasonably good chance of remembering where they are. Inside the house a good spot to hide money is in envelopes taped to the backs of photos hanging on the wall. A perfect $1,000 is 30 $20 bills, and 25 each $10′s, $5′s, and $1′s.

    You’re a nice person, but do you realize you just told the cops where you keep your money?
    Think “asset forfeiture”.
    Good luck.

    #20530
    Whirlibird
    Whirlibird
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    <div class=”d4p-bbp-quote-title”>Anselm wrote:</div>

    <div class=”d4p-bbp-quote-title”>MountainBiker wrote:</div>Novus Ordo, if you kept the interior of your vehicle as messy as my truck is, hiding money is real easy. Just pick spots that you have a reasonably good chance of remembering where they are. Inside the house a good spot to hide money is in envelopes taped to the backs of photos hanging on the wall. A perfect $1,000 is 30 $20 bills, and 25 each $10′s, $5′s, and $1′s.

    You’re a nice person, but do you realize you just told the cops where you keep your money?<br>
    Think “asset forfeiture”.<br>
    Good luck.

    Asset forfeiture? Really?
    $1000 is hardly worth the time and effort.

    Now we start talking drug money, hundreds of thousands and then it’s worth the time.

    #20532
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    74
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    rnews

    “You’re a nice person, but do you realize you just told the cops where you keep your money? Think “asset forfeiture”.

    Has it become ilegal to own cash, I hadn’t seen that in the news.

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