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December 23, 1998

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Subject: Contributing "What you can"
Author: atrigaux

As a Fool who has been living below his means for some years now to get his own financial house back in order, philanthropy is a somewhat tricky area for me these days. I will make my first Foolish investment, in the RP4, tomorrow, out of cash I have socked away over the past year.

A a couple years ago, I was over $20,000 in credit card debt. I've funneled every extra penny I've earned from my 2 jobs since then into debt repayment, and then into savings to start investing. I've given some considerable thought about my giving this year.

I gave $100 to SOS through the Fool. I guess the bottom line for me is that I go home to a fully stocked cupboard (albeit with the likes of frozen slices of bread left over from office staff meetings and canned beans purchased on sale with coupons) and don't ever worry about my day to day subsistence. Would it be selfish to put all my available cash into the RP4? It is, after all, my first investment, and it isn't much...who could blame me?

It would be selfish. I have enough to eat. Many good, striving people do not. For all the symantic gymnastics, I think the argument begins and ends there.

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