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On a hot summer’s day in 1996, a Krispy Kreme donut changed my life. Well, several dozen Krispy Kreme donuts. My mom had decided to participate in the most cut-throat of suburban events -- hosting a yard sale. Even as a seven-year-old, I could see this as an opportunity to make a quick buck by selling donuts to her customers. Plus, my job opportunities were limited to pet-sitting, friendship bracelet making and curb-side stands.

My parents weren’t big on freebies, so even as a kid, I felt driven to earn my own money. My younger sister and I would have to pay for 50% of anything we wanted (except for Christmas and birthday presents of course). The 50% Rule even applied to college tuition, but let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves.

My dad agreed to be my backer and cover the initial cost of the donuts, as well as go pick them up since I was only seven. I hired my, then four-year-old, sister and the two of us sold every last glazed donut for the marked up price of fifty cents.

Feeling the weight of all those quarters in my teal fanny pack, I imaged what I could buy at Toys-R-Us: a Super-Soaker. Maybe even two!

Then it happened.

My dad scooped up the fanny pack and carefully counted out the money on our picnic table-turned store-front. He then proceeded to give me my first lesson in economics.

“You have $30 here,” he said.

“Yes,” I replied. “I’m going to Toys-R-Us.”

“Well, it cost me five dollars to buy the donuts you sold,” he explained, while picking up five dollars worth of quarters. (By the way - that’s a lot of quarters. Twenty to be exact.)

“Then, you had your sister help you sell them, so you need to pay her,” he rationalized while handing Caiin $5. “So, after expenses, your net profit is $20.”

I’d never felt so cheated in my life.

This moment, served as one of many that put me on a path towards understanding the value of a dollar and the work that goes into earning money.

Since then, I graduated college debt-free, moved to New York City and still saved while making next-to-nothing, took risks in my career, understood how to invest, and developed a skill for negotiation.

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