Here are 10 ways to save $500 for when you drive, eat or travel

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You know the kick you get from reaching into a coat pocket and pulling out a long-forgotten $20 bill?

Now imagine that, instead of a $20, it’s a $100. Five of them.

What would you do with it? Go on a shopping spree? Buy a couple of plane tickets to a favorite destination or a first-class dinner for 4?

Or maybe spend it on something more practical: a new suit for work, school clothes for the kids, or a little extra padding for that emergency fund.

That’s the great thing about found money: You get to decide where it goes. And you might have a little more of that “spare” cash than you realize.

Here are 10 places to look (along with your coat pockets) to find an extra $500, either all at once or over the next year. Mix and match to see just how much you can save.