And I don't care if it's my own money that people have taken and then are giving me back. Today's case is the aluminum can purge. I know I paid for the CRV (california redemption value - it's a fee added on to the purchase price that you get back if/when you recycle the container) when I bought the soda. But it still feels good when someone hands me $15 for my cans.
Then there's the unemployment money. I have a friend who's sorta bitter about being laid off still (happened to her about 2 months ago) and she's not super happy about the checks, because she say's it's her money anways (as she paid into the unemployment fund with every paycheck for the last 15 years). I'm the opposite. I have been working part time off and on since I got laid off, which, to put it mildly, is more complex than the unemployment system can handle. They keep scheduling me for phone inquiries, and sending paperwork... But I was jumping up and down and repeating "oh my god!" over and over again like a parrot when I got 3 checks in the mail a few days ago. The 4th letter from the unemployment office said I was getting kicked out of the system, but that did not dampen the excitement - I was expecting that and have a job lined up for the next 6 months anyways. Getting checks in the mail is awesome!
I don't think money is the root of all evil, or that money brings happiness, but it sure does put a smile on my face for a few hours. And that's good enough for me!