Grateful Money Amounts

Grateful Money Amounts

I enjoyed the Halloween tweet-storm so much, I decided to do a Thanksgiving version. I asked people to give me one amount of money they are grateful for in 2016:

I thought about this a lot myself before tweeting it out and have an answer that fits in a variety of categories. For each category, I add my own answer and the Twitter responses I got that fit in that category as well.


My $276 amount to see the second ever showing of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child would fit in this category. It was an amazing, historic experience.

Financial Goals

$59,600 – the current mortgage balance. While I’m not super excited that we still have a mortgage balance, getting this below $60,000 felt great! It means we’ve lowered the balance by $30,000 since starting the blog!


$1,007.36 – The cost to drop our kids off with grandparents in a different state and take off on a couples tenth anniversary trip to the UK. I needed this trip and it was well worth the money.


$1,180.75 – The amount we spent last month on tithing and other causes we feel passionately about.



$1,150.88 – The price for new carpet in our entire house. I still can’t tell you how much joy this brings me. I can roll around on the carpet and not be disgusted wondering what’s hiding in it and it feels like I’m walking on clouds!

What’s Your Grateful Number for 2016?



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  1. Emily Jividen

    $1566…one week’s rental, beachfront duplex in May. Swimming, boogie boards, walking along the beach and drinking my morning coffee to the sound of the waves.

  2. Thanks for including Mr. G! I’ll chime in with – $2,700 on our 10 day retirement kickoff road trip. (App 60% of the cost was on hotels and a cat-sitter.) I’m still in a food-induced coma and now there’s Thanksgiving eating to contend with! Have a wonderful holiday.

  3. TheRetirementManifesto

    $389k, the price we received for selling our primary residence, and a major step in our downsizing move en route to early retirement in 2018!

  4. It’s great to see all of the responses that you received. Looks like some rockin’ things to be thankful for this year.

    I hope everyone has an enjoyable Thanksgiving!

  5. Great collection of numbers! I love how people in this community track numbers and are so purposeful with spending/saving. It is such a nice difference from the people I encounter in real life who honestly have no idea where all of their hard-earned money is going.

  6. These are seriously awesome reasons to spend money. It makes me feel better about choices I’ve made because it’s a reminder that we all want and admire different things. It also makes you realize all of the good saving and investing in things and experiences can do!

    • MaggieBanks

      I loved this exercise and I agree that we’re all different and we’re all capable of our own greatness! Tiny amounts at a time!

  7. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, M! Sending lots of love your way. 🙂

  8. Yes!! Grateful I made the cut!, 😉 I should have also mentioned the $6 massages I indulged in every night I was in Chiang Mai! Totally necessary – I shoveled enough elephant poop to build a small city out of dung.

    • MaggieBanks

      Those sound amazing (I remember you mentioning those before). The only massage I’ve gotten was in Cambodia and it was much more painful than I anticipated, though I felt great after!

  9. Matt Spillar

    Really cool to see all these money amounts rounded up like this, thanks for putting this together and for including mine as a part of it!

  10. tirelessworker

    What a wonderful way to feel blessed and happy about money well spent. Nice way to get everyone involved as well. Have a great thanksgiving!

  11. ChooseBetterLife

    And today we took our other niece to a kids’ amusement park and her favorite restaurant for her birthday. Turns out that you get the place to yourself with personalized attention and no lines the day before Thanksgiving. Then home to paint our nails, make popcorn, watch a movie, and play at the park. $36 but priceless.

  12. $2,700 for a new front entry door and storm door to finally keep us warm. The old door literally had wind blowing through the cracks around it! We got the new doors installed just before a huge snowstorm in January. They made a difference in our energy bill right away.

  13. Carrie

    $23,000 lump sum payment we made to pay off our mortgage in July. I’m so grateful for the peace of mind this gives us.

  14. Fun post, Maggie! Happy Thanksgiving! I’m grateful for the $0 I’ve made since quitting my job for early retirement on April Fool’s Day. 🙂

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