Money is a Tool
November 2020 | Our Twelve Traditions

Money is a Tool

Just to spite them all, I abstained from putting my dollar in that basket. This did not change anyone’s response. I began to see there was something more to their concern.

EVER since I began in service, I have constantly heard about the need for money in AA to support many different functions and purposes. I just wanted to step on my soapbox for a minute and tell you what I have come to see about our Seventh Tradition in AA. When I first walked in the doors, I was confronted with a lot of people who seemed to be concerned with me and with my well-being. I didn’t understand why these people who didn’t know me seemed to want to help me. I couldn’t help but be suspicious of their seeming lack of motive.


You must have an active online AA Grapevine subscription to access full stories and audio.

Login Renew Subscribe

Need help with customer service?

Call 800 631-6025 (English), 800 640-8781 (Spanish), 818 487-2093 (French) or email:

Have Something You Want To Share?

We want to hear your story! Submit your story and it could be published in a future issue of AA Grapevine!

Submit your Story