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Selected Messages Book 2, Page 329

Chapter 36—Providing for the Day of Need

Systematic Savings Advised

Every week you should lay by in some secure place five or ten dollars not to be used up unless in case of sickness. With economy you may place something at interest. With wise management you can save something after paying your debts.—Letter 29, 1884.

I have known a family receiving twenty dollars a week to spend every penny of this amount, while another family of the same size, receiving but twelve dollars a week, laid aside one or two dollars a week, managing to do this by refraining from purchasing things which seemed to be necessary but which could be dispensed with.—Letter 156, 1901.

Preparing for the Day of Reduced Income

You might today have had a capital of means to use in case of emergency and to aid the cause of God, if you had economized as you should. Every week a portion of your wages should be reserved and in no case touched unless suffering actual want, or to render back to the Giver in offerings to God....

The means you have earned has not been wisely and economically expended so as to leave a margin, should you

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