Traveling on your loose change!

United States
April 21, 2009 1:53pm CST
I have a story to tell you about my grandparents. Before they retired they owned a lot of rental properties and as they would clean them out for the next renter they would collect any of the loose change they would find laying around. My grandpa always said "the best place to find change was in a couch". He started collecting the change he found only. He never contributed his own change but just the free coins. He collected it for several years, finding it on the street or in his rentals untill one day, he had so much he was running out of places to put it. He cashed it in and he never told me exactly how much it was but my grandparents went on an all expense trip to Disney World with nothing but there free change. There plane tickets, food, hotel, and of course Disney World tickets were all paid for from change. Do any of you have a story to tell? Please share it with the rest of us.
12 responses
@kiran8 (15398)
• Mangalore, India
22 Apr 09
Hi angelican, thats an interesting happening and i am amazed that they had the patience to do this for years and finally reap the benefits from it. I was recently reading about an old man who had an account in the post office for nearly 52 years and he deposited a bare minimum and never withdrew from it. Finally he had stopped using the account sice he was too ill and the post office got in touch with him after many attempts and found him in very poor surroundings being abandoned by his family. They told him that the money had amassed and with interest came up to a few lakhs of rupees and it really was very helpful for him- i am sure the family must have immediately come running to him
• United States
22 Apr 09
Good things do come to those who wait. That is an amazing story. I am so glad they found him and gave him his money when he needed it the most. As far as the family goes, it is a shame but you are probably right. Money seems to do strange things to people don't it. Thank you for sharing your story. I enjoyed reading it.
@kiran8 (15398)
• Mangalore, India
23 Apr 09
You are most welcome angelican
• United States
22 Apr 09
Last summer we went to Disney World. My son has this big water jug by his desk and he would put his change in it. So, he cash it in before we left and I thought he wouldn't have much because it was maybe only 1/8 full. He had over $200.00 saved.
• United States
22 Apr 09
Those water jugs are huge! If it got any fuller, you might not have been able to pick it up. I bet you were surprised when you saw what he had saved. Has it made you start saving your change?
• United States
22 Apr 09
i really don't have a story but me and my family save our change in diffrent places and when mine get full i take it to the bank and put in in my account that i bearly ever use that way when we go on vaccion this summer i will be able to buy something nice .
• United States
22 Apr 09
I think that is a good story. You are saving and I hope you have enough to buy something really nice!
• India
22 Apr 09
my my thats a unique one .. lolz i dnt have any such story but urs is gr8
• United States
22 Apr 09
Thank you. The best part about it is that it is a true story! I am hoping I can do the same some day. I am glad you liked it.
@uicbear (1903)
• United States
22 Apr 09
I've heard stories of people saving their own change for years and when they finally counted it all up they had thousands of dollars. I don't think I have that much patience. We do have a family change jar. We all throw in our change and then when it comes time to go on our yearly vacation we cash it in. Last year we had about $150. This year the jar is a little on the low side because I think we are using our debit cards more often now verses cash. But hopefully, we'll still be around $100, that ought to but a nice dinner at least.
• United States
22 Apr 09
That is sad but yep, $100 bucks will buy you a nice meal but thats about it anymore. I have noticed I don't seem to be collecting as much change as I did just a few months ago and it is because I have started using my debit card again. Well I hope you have over $100 and then it will be a nice surprise for you.
@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
22 Apr 09
That is quite a nice story... very inspiring... i opened a bank account for my daughter... and i deposit loose change that i accumulate for a month... we are actually saving for a trip to Hong Kong Disneyland... and based on your story... it is so possible... we may not be able to save in like a year or two... but my daughter is only 3 years old... so there is still plenty of time...
• United States
22 Apr 09
You have a lot of years and you will be able to watch it grow. They are very fortunant that you are starting it out when they are so young. I just started savings accounts for all my kids a few months ago and it is nice to see there money grow. They each get a very small allowance every week and they have started putting 1/2 of there earnings into there savings. My 11yr. old daughter even bought her first CD in January and was able to lock in the interest rate just before it crashed so low. I am so proud of her. This will be a good lesson for them as it will be for yours.
• India
22 Apr 09
Indeed I am not so much familiar as to the matter. I think by reading this topic that it is interesting . Though the background is so much back dated but matter is attractive. I come to know the matter , so take my thanks. I expect that I will be able to know in the next discussion.
• United States
22 Apr 09
This was a trip they took about 10 years ago and my grandmother is still alive but because of that, she continued collecting change after my grandfather passed away. She still is amazed at how much she finds.
• India
22 Apr 09
First of all thank you for sharing the story .... really nice one. It is quite amusing that in this way how many things do we just ignore or leave around in life and move on ....... but if we had kept it with us someday it would have been of great value. Its a story of your grandparents so tell me does this think of collecting loose change work now too ........ I mean do you find as much till now in similar place and if that is so then you too might consider collecting it ...isn't it? It will be fun if you could also go to some vacation with the collected change ..... good luck.
• United States
22 Apr 09
Honestly, I don't seem to find as much as I use to laying on the ground. I think with the economy people are being a bit more carefull with there money but I do still find change and I don't care if it is a penny or a dollar, I will pick it up and add to my collection. I don't spend any of mine and I have saved over $500 in almost 6 months. I think that is pretty good. No, it won't take me anywhere but maybe in a year or 2 it will.
@maximax8 (28875)
• United Kingdom
22 Apr 09
Thanks for telling us on wonderful My Lot about your grandparents collecting change left behind. It was fantastic that they were able to travel to Disney World after getting so much money. Most people have coins in their home, down the back of the sofa or behind a book shelf perhaps. One man saves all his change and gives it to my son's playgroup for disabled children. It amounts to quite a lot of money each year. In my local supermarket there is a coin sorter machine so can quickly count all the coins a person puts into it. Then a ticket is issued and the supermarket will give the money in notes and larger coins. I have a friend that pays for half of her traveling with half her on-line earnings. I have let out my house to help me get enough money to travel around the world. In addition I got a working holiday visa for Australia. When I was a teenager I had a paper round and with the money I got for that I saved up to go to Greece. It just goes to show if a person really wants to travel and they save up slowly in a clever way like your grandparents traveling is possible.
• United States
22 Apr 09
That is great that you have gotten to travel to other countries. I don't think I will be able to do anything like that untill all the kids are out of the house but I am hoping to go on a nice vacation this summer as a family. With 8 of us, it seems to cost a fortune.
• Philippines
22 Apr 09
Wow thats a great experience that your grandparents had. When I was a kid, I would clean our house to collect loose change and I usually find it under the table or cabinets. I used the money to buy the extras that I want like a new toy. These days, I still have a piggy bank aside from my bank account and I save my coins and I use it for some cases to buy something which is not beyond my budget so it really helps.
• United States
22 Apr 09
Good for you. I save my change to. Every little bit helps! After my grandpa told me about the couch I started looking there and was surprised at how much you can find in those things, along with a bunch of other stuff, YUK.
• United States
22 Apr 09
Wow! That's a pretty cool story. I definitely save change and keep it collecting in a jar in my house. I have been able to find about $100 in the last year or so, just from things I find on the ground and when I return bottles from my house, but nothing to the extent that your grandparents found! That's amazing. Good for them for saving their pennies! It just goes to show how small things can really add up!
• United States
22 Apr 09
It does all add up but if you don't collect it you will never know what it could grow into. I collect mine now and have been amazed at what I already have.
• United States
21 Apr 09
Well I first thank you for sharing your story here angelican about change. My best story about using change would be like if my family was waiting for my boyfriend to get paid from his job we would get into the change to eat off of. You know change really does add up and if I see change or dollar bills I pick it up. You never know when you might need it. Take care and happy mylotting to you as well.
• United States
21 Apr 09
I save all my change. I just started that about 6 months ago. I have been amazed at what it has added up to. Just the other day I saw 4 pennies laying all together at a grocery store. I picked them all up and added it to my collection. I have heard people say they will pick change up but not if it is a penny. It all adds up and if they don't pick them up, I will.