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Topic: Finances/Money
Even a Spiritual Program Must Face $$¢¢ Problems
Our Fellowship has to live in the real world, where vulgar old money is not merely useful stuff, but vitally essential in carrying the message. Almost any member recognizes this fact--if his...
Self-Supporting?
Our Preamble, read at most AA meetings, says in part that "we are self-supporting through our own contributions." Rarely have our group contributions given us the right to make that statement....
Pay-as-You-Go to Go
The pay-as-you-go system of ordering Grapevines, which comes to an end on December 31, was designed for the AA groups of more than 30 years ago. In the young Fellowship, group treasuries were meager...
Around the Tables
AROUND THE TABLES, One of my favorite newcomers made this comment: "At least, we didn't have an expensive habit like the junkies'. And they steal to support their habit." That comparison made certain...
The first time I had to talk about finances at a district meeting when I was my area's treasurer, a fellow sitting in the back of the room yelled out: "Why in the world are you always talking about...
The Artful Juggler: Even his bank said he lacked balance - From the April 1950 Grapevine
THIS IS the story of a bank account. Mine. It spreads over nineteen years, and lord only knows how many dollars went in and out of what probably was one of the most luridly active accounts in banking...
Amounts of money may differ, but the principle of group self-support hasn't changed in 35 years - From the November 1947 Grapevine
MORE AND MORE, our meetings are outgrowing the small home gatherings where meeting needs are at a minimum. The greater proportion of meetings are now of necessity held in some hall or meeting room...
Do we realize that AA's Tradition of self-support pays dividends more precious than gold? - From the November 1971 Grapevine
IF YOU ARE a social or behavioral scientist (as I am), you can look at AA this way: It represents the first successful effort in history by a group of people with a physiological and/or psychological...
Reprinted from the October 1967 Grapevine
AA's far-flung Twelfth Step activities, carrying the message to the next sufferer, are the very lifeblood of our AA adventure. Without this vital activity, we would soon become anemic; we would...
It's that money doesn't buy happiness but we do have responsibilities in this world - From the May 1971 Grapevine
It's almost a cliche. Time and time again, you'll hear AA members talk about what's happened to them in the way of financial recovery, then quickly add, "But material things don't count. Money doesn'...

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