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Buckets (GetRichSlowly video contest entry)

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Uploaded on Apr 13, 2010

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Q: How much would it take to make a fool of myself on the internet?
A: $500!
Update: Actually $0 because I didn't win anything!

This is my submission for GetRichSlowly's video contest for a financial tip. Turn your unexpected non-monthly expenses into routine monthly expenses by setting aside money at the beginning of each month.

The song and video is a parody of Project Pat's song and video "Raised In The Projects". You can see the original here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHx0Lb...

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MP3: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/6423753/Youtu...

Lyrics (Also available via the "CC" button above):

I put cash in my buckets, buckets
Pay myself with my buckets, buckets
Smooth it out with my buckets, buckets
Just a drop in the bucket, bucket

Don't you hate it how your payments always seem to creep up?
Got a grip on your budget, but expenses eat up
What you're left with, monthly payments never ease up
And then something crazy comes along to trip your feet up

Like a car insurance bill that's due every six months
Man you ain't expecting that! It can cost a big chunk
And it's tough to keep track with it, what I came to do
Is tell you 'bout a way to have that cash once your payment's due

First thing that you pay with your check is your monthly
Bills, but you still gotta make sure that something's
Left to have some fun, but somehow it's all spent
So the unexpected expense of insurance cause stress

So instead, what I do is put a little in my bucket
This is how you do it - every time you get your duckets
Take a little bit right off the top and just tuck it
Away before you spend it - do it first, don't get sucked into

Buying what you don't need, just put one sixth
Of your insurance payment every month in buckets
When the bill comes due, then you will come through
With the payment from your bucket, then you start the plan anew

I put cash in my buckets, buckets
Pay myself with my buckets, buckets

Implementing this plan might leave you with some doubts
But some banks let you designate multiple accounts (multiple accounts)
Make as many separate buckets as you crave
Every month, same expenses paid with the cents you saved

They can be for anything, vacation, IRA
down payment, Escalade, man, what else can I say?
Don't be 'fraid, try it out, what you got to lose?
Suck it up and get started, just a drop in the bucket

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