So for my ocean themed graduation party, I'm setting out a jar for donations to MoonShadow's rescue! I already have about $3 in change in it :p
I typed up a thing that explained it a bit, what her rescue does and how she doesn't charge adoption fees or anything. I said it's in NY and that all that equipment has to get costly! I printed it, taped it to a piece of cardboard and am going to attach it to a skewer and have it sticking out of the jar. I also have one of those digital picture frames that will have a slideshow of photography I've done of my fish next to it, and then I'll have a separate one of those for the rest of my photography that does not have to do with fish.
Everyone keeps telling me that I'll need the money for college but I think I can spare a bit of change, yeah? I've already got over 2 grand in scholarships, 3 grand saved in my bank account, and 14 grand in a fund my parents set up for me for college. That's 19 grand, and it will cost an estimated 21 grand for all 2 years of college including tuition, books, room and board, and food. $2000 to go! (Plus, this doesn't include the money I'll get for graduation. I remember my brother got about $800 at his graduation party.)
I do think my mom is planning on helping me financially, too, at least for the first year of college. I want to take my dog and have estimated $715 a year for him, including food, yearly vet check-ups, vaccinations, heartworm and flea preventatives and about $50 for toys, leashes, or collars if I need to replace them. Thankfully fish are pretty much a one time expense and I have meds on-hand already. I just hope I won't need to replace a tank or a heater, but I think I might be able to spare it! (I hope!)
I'm obviously good at saving my money so I hope it won't be too big of an issue.