How Will YOUR $3000 Show Up?

by Wendy Down on December 23, 2014

This Olivia the Pig notebook will record my $3000 as it appears

This Olivia the Pig notebook will record my $3000 as it appears

Oh man oh man oh man…

This is the last post before the Jan 1 launch of The $3000 Experiment.    Let’s use it to get you primed to accept all that cash!

Job #1.  Get your observational skills all limbered up so you actually notice the money.  This might seem like a ‘duh’ point, but you’ll quickly discover how easy it is to simply not notice, recognize or count your unexpected money as it appears.

Case in point.  The very day we four Consciouseers decided to choose this particular experiment topic, Janice got news of a development in a family property that would bring her $250/month for the next year.   It wasn’t until later that day that her husband, Rodney observed that $250/month for 1 year equals (drum roll please) … $3000.  

That $3000 almost went unnoticed, especially since The $3000 Experiment hasn’t even started yet. (Side note:  We four leaders have all already heard multiple stories of folks participating in the experiment who are receiving unexpected income already.   You too?)

So, how be we all put our big brains together and imagine possible ways your $3000 might appear.  We’ll kick off the brainstorming and you add your ideas in the Comments area below.  Deal?   Here goes:

“What possible ways might $3000 accumulate?”

* through a gift or multiple gifts

* you could get a pay raise

* you could find something of value (like money), or remember money you’d forgotten

* you could get deals or discounts on purchases

*  people, or more people, could pay you for something

* ‘mistakes’ could be found in a calculation involving your finances

* you could get unexpected income from a lottery win

* a previously unknown relative could leave you a bequest

* your stamp collection could be re-valued

* the people from Nigeria could return all the scam money (that’s Ken’s humour showing up here)

* A refund from the I.R.S. or taxation authorities

* And so on.  When you’ve finished this post, share your wildest, funnest, most improbable or imaginative idea in the Comments below.  If you can imagine it, someone can experience it!

But first, one more point.

If Job #1 today is to prime your powers of observation to notice unexpected money, Job #2 is to answer the question, “How am I going to keep track of my money?”

If yours shows up as a lump sum of $3000 hand-delivered to your door by a stranger, that will be easy.  But what if your money accumulates through a series of smaller events? Say, a savings of $25 here and an extra $10 received there.  How are you going to keep count to know when you’ve hit $3000?

Keeping track is so important in fact, that we’re going to say… You aren’t actually IN the $3000 Experiment until you’ve decided how you’ll keep track.

We’ll remind you to start counting your dough on Launch Day but for now, decide how you want to capture your unexpected money during the experiment period from Jan 1 to April 1.

Would you like to:

* Use a journal? (As you’ll see in the photo above, I’ve pulled out an old Olivia the Pig notebook I’ve had for years.)

* Set up a note-taking app on your phone or computer?

* Write each ‘unexpected money event’ on a scrap of paper and collect them in a jar labelled “The $3000 Experiment”?

* Use Post-it Notes to record each event  on, say, a wall or your bathroom mirror?  Or something else… completely unique to you?

A heads up about this. You will be strongly tempted to dismiss or ‘not count’ a lot (at least half) of the unexpected money you receive during the course of this experiment.   And it will happen like this.  You’ll become aware of unexpected money and excitedly (and accurately) think, “That’s part of my $3000!”

Then your mind will talk you out of it, giving reasons ‘that money doesn’t really count’.

Don’t let yourself be talked out of your $3000!

Instead, take advantage when this happens. Simply include an area in your note-keeping record called, “Money I’m tempted to not count.”   As the experiment progresses, just record that ‘not sure’ money there and wait until the end to decide whether to include it or not.

So that’s Job #1 and Job #2 for today.  Done and done.

Now your turn.  In the comments below, tell us how $3000 could show up for you or someone else.

And if you already know how you’ll keep track of your $3000, let us know that too…

See you back here Jan 1 when we launch THE $3000 EXPERIMENT!

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Lesley February 24, 2016 at 8:54 am

Just explored your website properly for the first time this weekend. I have learned so much already especially the appreciate money rather than want it … That feels so different. I know money is something that I have tended to worry about much more than appreciate!

I have really cleared a corner for this, moved all the old paperwork off my desk and now have a vase with flowers, a little red dragon and a potbellied Buddha awaiting my extra wealth beside a money jar. The space feels amazing and the clear out has given me a push to get on with some back logged work, some of which I will get paid for ( although I don’t see that as unexpected income)

I’m also noticing how I push money away … I nearly didn’t bother filing a complaint which has already got a promise of £250 refund attached because of not wanting to be seen badly/ anticipating negative repercussions

When this works I have some definite plans for the money. Indeed even doing the appreciation exercise helped me spot what I can already get done that would improve my space and where poverty thinking has stopped me. There are some repairs to my home that I already have the provision on my mortgage to get fixed – but worrying about money ( and my reaction to a partner who can be quite critical) has meant I’ve lived with this problem for over two years
I can see this working … I just need to do it. So love the jar idea .. So tired of admin systems!

Wendy Down February 24, 2016 at 2:30 pm

How wonderful, Lesley, congratulations. Keep us posted as you go!

Fred April 14, 2015 at 3:48 pm

Well just find this new place or idea so I cleaned a corner,added a table,put a journal on it,matchbox sports car and a empty water vase jar with a mailing label showing $3000. Past April 1st but am still going to do it. I appreciate the money I now have. Excited about all the new money coming my way.

Wendy Down April 14, 2015 at 4:00 pm

By all means, Fred, welcome – its not too late to play! Just give yourself a 3 month window, record that date somewhere and simply space your reading of the posts out to 5/month. Leave your comments as you go too – we’ll still see them and play alongside you. Excited for you 🙂

Suzanne M February 17, 2015 at 7:19 pm

For Valentine’s Day/Wedding Anniversary I received $400 cash. Yea! I’ve never received more than $100 in the past. So far so good. I have a “money jar” to keep track. My husband found $60 – unexpected – just laying on the ground recently. (One time as we were going into a grocery store he glanced down at the bar that goes across the bottom of the cart and a $20 bill was draped across it.)

Marcella February 15, 2015 at 9:38 pm

I’m just starting tomorrow…44 days left out of 90. 3,000/90=33.33, so that times 44days left equals 1466. since I have less time, I feel good about lowering that to $1400. Money could show up that people buy things you don’t need anymore, your employer could have messed up calculations in your paycheck and they just disover that in doing the year-end audit, you help various people out just in your day to day living life and they feel compelled to give you money becasue of how much you have helped them.

Diana February 12, 2015 at 7:39 pm

My daughter invited me to experience this experiment and I’m looking forward to receiving $30,000. I picked the place in my room, which is my desk. Some people have a junk drawer, my family thinks my desk is it, lol!! I have an empty mason jar that will go on my
de-cluttered desk, open ready to receive. I will record it on paper, a personal binder. How am I going to receive it? I just in-vision it coming, me, being a magnet, finding it in the streets, clothes pockets, packages, people giving it to me and so on. At the same time de-cluttering my home to make space. I could sell some things that I don’t use anymore. Not quiet sure how but its coming to my hands, wallet, and bank account. I have plans to direct this money and I’m so excited to receive it. I’m grateful to my daughter for the invite, I know this is not a coincidence and I’m happy to realize this. I’m very excited!!

Wendy Down February 12, 2015 at 10:20 pm

Welcome, Diana – how great to have two generations of your family represented.

juliet February 11, 2015 at 3:37 pm

I am jumping in on this challenge and going for $30,000. I will track the money that comes in on my phone, but I also want to record it in my journal to preserve this experience for generations to come. I am excited to teach my family about manifesting and abundance.

Wendy Down February 11, 2015 at 5:18 pm

Welcome, Juliet. Your family is, no doubt, already learning much more from you than you know.

Sieglinde February 9, 2015 at 10:45 pm

Just started today! Feb 9th, 2015. I have my book to record in. I am blessed and ready to receive my $3000.00. Thank you♥ Thank you♥ Thank you♥

Wendy Down February 11, 2015 at 5:19 pm

Sieglinde, we are all blessed by your participation. Thank you!

Laurie January 26, 2015 at 5:32 pm

A fun way to get money can be finding money hidden in various places by people who had previously placed it there and since forgotten and passed away or moved, etc.

Susan January 23, 2015 at 7:06 am

It would be nice to receive the monies from money owed to me. Not merely in receiving the money, more importantly, in doing so brings honor to a relationship!

Bella January 13, 2015 at 10:47 pm

I’d like to see the money arrive in the form of a job offer. Perhaps a little project, a custom order, or an add on to an original agreement of work.

Lena January 11, 2015 at 6:57 pm

Hi Everyone,
I am truly blessed with abundance and this exercise of counting unexpected abundance
has shown me how the universe supports me. I was counting up unexpected money for
for last month and this month so far. I was so surprised with discounts, gifts that it totaled a sum of $640.00. I am so thankful.
I think the thing with me is that I think that I have to earn the money that comes to me. However, I think now that it is a matter of gratitude that is the key. If I have received this much without noticing it. It encourages me to broaden my expectation of what is available.
Love, Lena

Wendy Down January 11, 2015 at 10:43 pm

How wonderful, Lena, that all it seems to take for you is keeping track! How easy is that?!

Maree Jane January 8, 2015 at 10:05 am

Hello I just joined and saw the amazing $3000 experiment. Just a little question are we to just keep record of this money coming into our lives and do we save it to make the accumulation of $3000 or just record until we hit the target no matter how the universe brings it to us?
I’m setting a page in my notebook app on my iPhone to keep track

Wendy Down January 8, 2015 at 4:27 pm

Record it, Maree Jane, then spend or save it however feels best to you. No need to accumulate it until the experiment end unless that’s what you’d enjoy the most.

Anne January 8, 2015 at 2:01 am

I’m going to send myself an email each time and create a special folder to keep track of them all! The email topic and folder name will be Freedom. Best wishes everyone! <3

Dede April 20, 2015 at 4:12 pm

That is a great idea, Anne! Hope your experiment was lucrative!

Sophie January 7, 2015 at 12:39 am

I am going to keep track using a note book

Kirsten January 6, 2015 at 11:15 pm

The unexpected mon could come around in many different ways, maybe in a refund of something , you payed too much , or you have to pay less than you expected for something , or as an unexpected gift or finding or business… I will be keeping track of the occurring money during the experiment by writing it down in a notebook.

Adelon January 6, 2015 at 9:54 pm

Hi All Just read the Job # 1 & 2 and am looking now for other emails. (it is Jan 6) I have a note book for how I will keep track of my money and have taken the pledge to keep track of the money. Thank you for the beware of the negative voice — as yes, I think this would come up quite often– (re ‘that’s not part of the ….’) I have thus far found one nickel and one quarter. This will be a fun experience — Adelon

Catherine January 6, 2015 at 7:18 pm

I am going to keep a journal. I am very excited about this as I love finding money. I have been known to put “extra” money in my ski pants to find the next year but haven’t done that in a while so I hope the money starts flowing in. My 3 has many more 0’s after it than three so we will see.

Candace January 5, 2015 at 10:46 pm

I laughed out loud at Sharon’s experience with $20 popping out of the ATM machine. For me, I found a $25.00 gift card to one of my favorite stores in a book I picked up to read. I don’t know how it got there.

I am tracking with sticky notes on a board…colorful and fun!

Steve M Nash January 5, 2015 at 5:56 pm

One way someone could get money is by finding the money I lost! Admittedly, it was only £100, in an envelope so easy to find (and – er – easy to lose, too!) but if they find the money that other people have lost too, I’m sure that could easily add up to $3000! 🙂

Sylvia January 4, 2015 at 10:52 pm


Laura January 4, 2015 at 4:14 pm

I am going to use the sticky notes app on my lap top to keep track…digital post-its!

joan January 4, 2015 at 11:55 am

I see a lot of new clients coming, who will tell their family and friends to get a session with me. I like the notes in a jar for tracking the money flow. Exciting 🙂

Karen January 4, 2015 at 9:49 am

By collecting all the loose change thrown in jars around the house. Counting on 2 jan grand total $790

genevieve January 4, 2015 at 2:29 am

Whooee – read the insurance rebate wrong – $599 in returned fees, instead of #399 as previously announced – additional $200! $1099 total so far in “found abundance” since announcing we were joining the experiment!

Wendy Down January 5, 2015 at 11:08 pm

How fun, Genevieve!

genevieve January 4, 2015 at 12:58 am

Well. I’ve already announced that we have received $500 in found or unexpected abundance since we agreed on participating in this adventure. We spent New Year’s Day creating our spaces – Brad has one area in his meditation room, and I have another on the piano in the front living area, where I can see it when I am in the “Heart” of the home.
Today we picked up the mail, and there is an announcement that our previous Health insurance will be sending us a refund for $399.49 – unexpected! We knew we were changing insurance companies to combat a large increase in payments this year, but we did not expect a Refund!!!
Also, we are going out to a wonderful concert tonight on 4 free tickets to the show – and an invitation to the afterparty! Each ticket is worth $20, so another $80 in abundance that I am honoring, but not adding to the cash fund of $3000. Thank you thank you thank you!!

Joan Schramm January 3, 2015 at 10:16 pm

With several days of my signing up for this, I received $142 from an unplanned sale of stock, and then got a $500 cash gift that was completely unexpected. On my way to $3000!

Dee January 3, 2015 at 6:44 am

-Loved reading everyones comments! I will definitely be double checking for money to appear in places I wouldn’t expect, like in the back seam of a restaurant seat, or stashed in a forgotten secret hiding place. I also love the concept of receiving “Under grace in a perfect way”, thanks. Okay, I don’t know if anyone can relate to this one but …Bank of America “dropping” their ever-increasing penalties and interest fees added to my mortgage account. How about an unexpected rebate check, or unclaimed money notice. I will be keeping track of the $3000 experiment through a doc. in dropbox, so I can add to it anytime by computer or phone.

Mirjana January 2, 2015 at 9:06 pm

I just found out about this experiment yesterday – just on time. I choose different amount. Since so many things in the past did not work me I wont be disappointed if doesn’t work either. But if it works – it will be a real life changer. I am keeping it simple – plain notebook and empty piggy bank as an invitation for money to come in.

Deb January 10, 2015 at 5:25 am

I have a plastic empty cleaned peanut butter jar ..with the lid off…money needs room to get in there.. on a piece of paper put inside the jar facing out so I can read it…… this was my 3,ooo.0o in full delightful ways by april 1,2015 or sooner
Thank you Universe and fellow helpers.

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