A customer walked into the auto parts store looking for a flat washer.
"That will be 15¢," the cashier said.
"15¢ for a washer? Are you crazy!?" the customer yelled. "I'll drill a hole in a quarter and make my own."

My friend has a $10,000 watch. If I had that kind of money, I wouldn't buy a watch. I would strap a wad of bills to my wrist and when I wanted to know the time I would peel off a bill and pay a stranger to tell me.

These jokes come from the reader's digest and show a small snippet of life and how we value money and sometimes how it isn't all that rational when we think about sometimes, such as the case with the 15¢ washer.

But the most important thing I think is that we can take a break from the stress that money can seem to cause and realize that our reaction to it is actually quite funny. Money is funny.

The funniest part is really our reaction to it's value. Everyday we are reminded how valuable our money is by advertisers, the number of digits in our bank account and by the new things we buy or end up giving away.

It's nice to take a step back and view money from a different perspective, and a funny one is always easier to swallow then more "in your face" reminders.

Recently, a man walked into my barbershop asking how much for a haircut. "Eight dollars," I answered. "And for a shave?" "Five dollars."
"All right," he said, settling into the barber chair. "Shave my head."

As an airline reservation agent, I took a call from a man who wanted to book a flight for two but wasn't happy with the price of $59 per ticket. "I want the $49 fare I saw advertised," he insisted, saying he would accept a flight at any time.
I managed to find two seats on a 6 a.m. flight. "I'll take it," he said, then worried his wife might not like the early hour. I warned there was a $25 fee per person if he changed the reservation. "Oh, that's no problem," he said dismissively. "What's fifty bucks?"

Sometimes it seems we flip-flop around like a fish when it comes to money, we want to save money but we don't want to be cheap and we want to get something that is good quality but we don't want to spend more than xx dollars. Sometimes I wonder why we don't laugh more at ourselves and the crazy way we act around money.

My mother, who is 93, lives simply but comfortably in an assisted-living home. Even though she has ample savings, she is always worried about the state of her finances. My brother-in-law tried to ease her mind by telling her, "I've calculated that, given your expenses, you have enough money for at least the next 16 years." "That's fine," Mom replied, "but how will I manage after that?"

At times the things that grieve us most are the best one to take a step back from and find the funny, quirky or laughter in in order to medicate ourselves through the trouble, because we all know laughter is the best medicine and we can't take the money with us anyway.

Lying on his deathbed, the rich, miserly old man calls to his long-suffering wife. "I want to take all my money with me," he tells her. "So promise me you'll put it in the casket."

After the man dies, his widow attends the memorial service with her best friend. Just before the undertaker closes the coffin, she places a small metal box inside.

Her friend looks at her in horror. "Surely," she says, "you didn't put the money in there."

"I did promise him I would," the widow answers. "So I got it all together, deposited every penny in my account, and wrote him a check. If he can cash it, he can spend it."

Just a reminder to laugh and smile a little, it helps!
My extreme gratitude to the submitters of Reader's Digest Laugh lines and jokes.


  1. Kristin @ klingtocash // Monday, August 10, 2009 9:36:00 AM  

    Great post. Made me laugh.

  2. insurance licensing // Wednesday, August 12, 2009 8:37:00 AM  

    This is a cool post. Humor is the medicine to many illnesses. I remember when the stocks went down... we couldn't believe it and went on laughing like fools thinking it was a glitch somewhere. But hey, life goes on!

  3. thriftylittleblog // Wednesday, August 12, 2009 11:52:00 AM  

    I really enjoyed this post. It is so true how crazy we act with money sometimes!