When you do laundry and find money...

@Pleiades (847)
United States
February 24, 2009 10:46am CST
Since I have a housefull of people (and used to be married) I was the only one that ever did the laundry. My family always had some kind of cash on them and I've always told them that if I'm doing their laundry, I get to keep any money I find in the washer or dryer. After all, if I ask who's it is, everyone will tell me it's theirs. What do you do with the money and change you find in the laundry session? *Pleiades
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@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
24 Feb 09
I used to tell my family that I really didn't mind doing their wash, just please...empty your pockets! Then it became 'if you don't empty your pockets...it's mine.' They checked their pockets more after that announcement, but I still kept the coins, etc, in a jar by the washer. When there was enough in the jar, I'd get something the whole family could enjoy.
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@Pleiades (847)
• United States
24 Feb 09
You are too kind, JoyfulOne. What have you bought with that savings money? *Pleiades
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@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
24 Feb 09
My kids are 'grown and flown' now with families of their own now, so that was quite a while ago when I used to do their washday chores. What I did with the money?! I used to rent a movie the whole family could enjoy, or use it to get a book that everyone could use for reference, things like that. I always figured that just because they're still learning about listening and being responsible for their own belongings, doesn't mean that I should use it for myself. I thought that this way it was an easier lesson, turned a minus into a plus, and one that would benefit them too.
@Pleiades (847)
• United States
25 Feb 09
I like that last answer you gave. *Pleiades
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• United States
24 Feb 09
It's always been a rule in my house-- If I'm doing laundry, the money is mine. If you are too lazy to check your pockets before you "turn in your clothes to the laundry department", I'm taking my gratuity! lol. I add the money to my change jar. My kids solved their problem- they started doing their own laundry!
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
8 Jun 09
ON board with this one! I did the same thing... check your pockets..first it can damage the washer if the coins get into that area with the spinner thingy.. but secondly... finders keepers. I told them to check their pockets, they chose not to so what I find is mine. Out of just my husband.. I'd get about $2-$3 a week from change in his pockets! That went to my savings! I never said anymore about it, because if I did, he might have started checking and that'd just meant more money he had to spend on useless, non need items... and I saved it and have a nice savings account for emergencies. Never once did I feel guilty about keeping it!
@carrine (2749)
• Philippines
25 Feb 09
same here, thats my role also.. and my son has a good memory though, he will asks me, ma i think i have some coins left in my pocket, i feel guilty if il say no son, and i have to be a good model to them, honesty is the best policy.. *naks. hahahhaa
@bubbletush (1334)
• Philippines
25 Feb 09
my husband always checks all the pockets before putting his clothes in the hamper so seldom that i find any money in the laundry. since it's just the two of us in the house, whatever money i could find in the laundry are loose change and small bills i forgot in my own pocket lol...
@deebomb (15323)
• United States
25 Feb 09
When the kids were little and I did their laundry what was usually found in the pockets wasn't something you wanted to keep. I have come across small green apple worms and other such treasure. When they were about 11 or 12 and it seemed like I was just getting the laundry caught up there was another load so I had them doing their own laundry. After that if any thing was found in the washer it belonged to who ever found it. I haven't found any money in the washer or dryer for some years now.