What Do You Do With Your Spare Change?

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@freak369 (4914)
United States
June 5, 2007 1:11pm CST
You you throw it in a jar or leave it on the table? What happens when you get tons of it? Do you take it to a CoinStar machine and pay the 9% counting fee or roll it and take it to the bank? I have to admit, I am a change fiend. I will hoard it for a year then cash it in and go on a shopping spree. If you have ever seen the five gallon water bottles, you may wonder how many pennies you can fit in it. I managed to fill one over the course of two years and I have over $250.00 in it. Thankfully I had a coin sorting and rolling machine at my disposal or I would have been there for a week counting and rolling them up.
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@PunkyMcPunk (1477)
• Canada
5 Jun 07
I used to give it to my son so he could "feed his piggy" (he has a piggy bank shaped like a pig). But a couple months ago times got a little rough and I had to keep the change for myself. I felt bad that I could no longer give my son a handful of change. I took an old jar and that is what i would put the change in and sure enough about 2 or 3 days before pay day I would need to dig through it. The thing is I would easily have about $60.00 worth of change because here in Canada we have a $1.00 coin and a $2.00 coin. Now that I have made it through that small financial hump, I am able once again to give my son change. However, i have come to realize that the change does add up and have begun to give my son only 10, 5, and 1 cent coins while I keep the 25 cent, $1.00, and $2.00 coins in mommies piggy bank. it comes in handy if I need a couple dollars for work or a coffee or something.
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@freak369 (4914)
• United States
5 Jun 07
I have done that many times .. and when I do I always swear that I will never let myself get "that strapped" again .. the change does add up and thankfully when they are younger they don't ask why they aren't getting the quarter and dollar coins any more :]
@inked4life (4227)
• United States
5 Jun 07
I have a little plastic tupperware tub that I keep beside my bed and just dump all my change from that day into it. Every couple of months I take it to the coinstar machine at our local grocery store and it's usually good for about $100 towards the shopping list.
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@freak369 (4914)
• United States
5 Jun 07
I think the CoinStar is a great invention - especially the ones that don't have counting fees if you use it for a gift certificate.
@rusty2rusty (6769)
• Defiance, Ohio
5 Jun 07
I put all my spare change in a big container. Than at the end of the year near Christmas time. I cash in all the change at my local credit union. Than use the money to buy extra Christmas gifts I wouldn't normally be able to buy. It is a very big and very noticable container. So, if someone tries to take it. Someone would defiantly see them.
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@diillu (5128)
5 Jun 07
Oh ya, i just do like you do. All the changes go into my piggy bank and these changes help me most when im running out of money. Without knowing..there will be sometimes 100 $ which helps alot.
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• United States
7 Jun 07
i try to save it-i have a jar i throw it in.. but my mom keeps raiding it for this and that. *shrug* so i guess the answer is mom gets it LOL.
• Philippines
6 Jun 07
a always buy a bond paper when i have some spare change... i will collect it and when i already need it i dont have to buy anywhere. coz already have stock..
• United States
6 Jun 07
I collect my change in an old coffee can. I do count and roll it myself. When I was a waitress I was able to go on vacation with the spare change. Now I go through and buy surprise gifts for my family
@MrNiceGuy (4147)
• United States
6 Jun 07
Honestly, I usualyl throw my non-quarter change out when I leave a store. I don't like change and I don't have a good place to keep accruing it. If I did I probably would, but I don't have a Coin star or my bank near me at school where I am most of the time.
@tinlucy (73)
• Philippines
6 Jun 07
i put them in my piggy. it's really nice if you have one. you really get to save. and once you really need the money, like during christmas, you'll be really suprised that you have that amount in that piggy bank :)
@webbuff (926)
• Philippines
6 Jun 07
Usually i do when i do have a spare change i put it in my money jar where all my loose change also located. Its interesting thou because not taking from it for a year i saved almost $300. neat isnt it? i guess i will continue to put there my spare change.
• United States
6 Jun 07
I put my change in a big plastic Steelers bottle. It never makes it half way before we take in to the bank. They have a machine that automatically counts it. We've saved over $200 before in change.
6 Jun 07
hey my name is conor and what i do with my spare change is with the coppers like one and two pennys i put in a little jar at my house and with the five ten twenty fifty pound and two pound coins i keep in my money box because sometime it may come in useful say like if you want to go to the shop or something to get some sweets instead on taking like pound coins and note and things you could just take the coppers and fifty pences and things.
• Philippines
6 Jun 07
I put them in jars and boxes I have all over my room. when all is full I sat downa nd segregated them and put them inside those coin bags supplied by my bank.I was planning to use them for birthday shopping but one time I had an emergency and really needed money immediately POOF...! Goodbye shopping money. But at least I do not need to borrow for that emergency. I'm restarting again and managed to fill one of my small box already.
@castleghost (1304)
• United States
6 Jun 07
I actually leave change just laying around the house. My fiancee will pick it up to throw in a jar. She saves up the change until we have a big event happening. Such as going on a small vacation or taking the children to the state fair. She takes the change to the bank to cash in because it is free at our local bank and we can get cash back. This money is then considered to be the children's spending money to do with what they want while we are at the event. It doesn't take long to add up the change and the children love the idea of saving for something.
• Australia
6 Jun 07
I usually save them up, cause I usually end up using all my coins when Im out eating or so. So its useful to keep every bit. However at McDonalds, spare change usually goes into the Ronald McDonald Charity Box thing, its for a good cause. :)
@ssh123 (31104)
• India
6 Jun 07
Myself and my wife collect the changes in a jar and count it once a month and give it to my brother who is a small businessman, having a shop and he needs all the changes.
@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
6 Jun 07
all my change goes into the bottom of my purse and when my purse gets too heavy I put it in a jar..my husband puts all his change into a jar as well and when they are full we roll them and take em to the bank..I was great when I was still in Canada because our $1 and $2 are both coins so it added up really quickly :-D