I’m one of those people who keeps the junk mail system alive. Now spam, well, that’s a different story. Let me tell you about junk mail, though.
Many decades ago I opened an official-looking envelope and found a real honest-to-goodness United States $2 bill inside. The company that sent it to me wanted me to take about five minutes and complete a paper survey. Even if I chose not to complete the survey, the $2 bill was mine to keep!
Ever since then I open all junk mail or read it. Over the years I’ve received:
Pennies (usually ten, arranged in circles, stars, etc.)
Nickles, Dimes, Quarters
Kennedy half dollars
Dollar coins (Eisenhower, Sacagawea, and Anthony)
United States postage stamps (penny stamps when the postage rate increased, first class stamps, and Forever stamps)
Pens and pencils
Letter opener (which I still have and use)
Restaurant and movie coupons
My best piece of junk mail was a postcard, and it arrived on May 28, 2012, just 32 days ago:
See the part I highlighted in yellow. $100. I’m on it.
The survey guy showed up today at 3:00 p.m. All he did was walk through the house noting all the things that we use — type of computers, monitors, and printers; types of lighting fixtures and light bulbs; type of heating and cooling system; presence of ceiling fans, etc.
He was here about an hour, and look what he left us:
When I first started using a CPA, I got a call each year about the income documented in my Excel spreadsheet. I have two interesting categories:
Found is money that I find and, yes, I do pick up pennies. I once found an Indian Head penny, a 1909 VDB Indian Head penny. It was not in good shape, but it was worth far more than a penny. The most I’ve ever found in one tax year was $176.07. The least I’ve ever found was $26.19, and that was in 1993, my first year in San Diego — obviously I didn’t know where to look upon my arrival here.
Junk mail is money that I get through, well, junk mail. The most I ever got is now this year. With the $100 I got today, I’m up to $127 for the year, and we’re only in June!
So, yes, I love junk mail. If you don’t, please, send me yours!
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