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March 03, 2009


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Thanks I found some extra change. How did you know there was change in my golf bag?

We keep some in a jar, and I keep about 5 rolls of quarters locked away with my apocolypse money. :)

Pennies are no longer part of my portfolio, I tell retailers to keep them, leave them by the register or I throw them on the ground. Quarters, nickels and dimes are thrown on top of the kitchen cabinets for a rainy day fun-fund.

Change jar mostly. My wife tends to leave change on the bathroom sink :) I do sort my change once or twice a year; pull silver coins out and toss them in the safety deposit box, separate the copper pennies from the zinc ones and roll the copper pennies for storage. I take the remainder to my bank and deposit them.

I find change in the "junk drawer" in our kitchen, in the washing machine, in the recliner, or my personal favorite -- under the drive thru window of any fast food restaurant. From there it goes into an old shoe box in my closet. Every now and then, I'll throw a few dollars or even a five or ten into that old shoe box. In four months I've saved over $250. Shhh. No one in my family knows ...

We keep a change jar. We do our best to deposit the accumulated change every month. In a way, it is free money and now it is getting interest!

I have had times where I pulled out an old jacket and I have a few dollar bills tucked away. I would imagine finding $90 isn't out of the question.

Stupidly Yours,


For some reason this topic makes me chuckle.

I hate change and don't carry any around, but my husband likes spending exact change. This has worked out well. Quarters go into a ceramic container for laundry. Then there's a tin next to it where I drop everything else. My husband somewhat obsessively checks the tin and moves that stuff to his book bag where he feels great satisfaction in pulling out 17 cents in pennies at Quizno's.

Otherwise, some change lives in my car ash tray for parking meters.

And that's change at our house.

Toiletry bag sounded silly, then I checked mine and there was about two bucks in it.

My son was getting interested in money last year (5 years old at the time) and I told him he could have any coins he could find in the house, as long as he rolled it, took it to the bank and deposited 3/4ths of it into his own new savings account. In one year he deposited $200!

Coinstar will waive the counting fee if you accept an gift certificate so my wife and I keep a couple of cups full of any spare change in the house. When they get full, (or if we want to splurge on something) we'll bring the the "Amazon fund" to the coinstar machine and it's like free money. :-)

Just brought back $155 from coinstar !

found about 75 pennies under the carpet in the living room when my friends needed help moving. we also found a prepaid game card.

I keep about 4 rolls of quarters locked away with my apocolypse money. :)

My spare change WAS in a cup in one of my dresser drawers, but I had to raid it the other day for bus fare because I couldn't afford to buy a monthly bus pass until yesterday.

Fred Meyer (west coast regional) supermarkets have 'coin acceptors' at their self-checkout machines. Paying with coin can be tedious, but it's a way to unload excess coin at face value, i.e. without a Coinstar discount.

I fail to understand how placing your pocket coins in a jar becomes a *gain*. Seems to me this is the same money you had anyway.

Having said that, I do sequester coins in the car, for use at drive-up windows.

I put all my change in a coin sorter that I bought from Staples for $30.
It's already paid itself off many times over.

about 2 months equals $50 dollars for the average high school student :)

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