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Saving Spare Change

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It can be amazing how quickly those extra coins can add up. This guide is about saving spare change.
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November 10, 20089 found this helpful

I have been saving my husband's and my spare change for years. This year I decided to document every "cash-in", to see exactly how much change that we DID wind up with at the end of the year. I have always used this money for a rainy-day fund, like when I was absolutely out of money, needed gas for the car, or an unexpected item from the grocery store.
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This year, I determined to earmark the money for a special project. so I started collecting in January, and planned to use the money for garden expenses. If I used any of the money in the jar, then I made note of how much was taken, and put a reminder to repay it in the jar.

This way, I was able to: 1. See how much money that I was able to save from just loose change, and 2. Keep up with how much was spent on my garden in a year's time. Since I knew that I was "saving" money, I often would give a dollar to pay for an item, instead of correct change. I knew that the small amount would not make a difference to my budget, but would help contribute to my garden fund.

As of this date, November 5, I have so far saved almost six hundred dollars in loose change, and spent $582.00 on my garden. I knew that the change collection was a big help, but now realize how much, since I started actually keeping track of "deposits and withdrawals". I was very pleased to learn what the actual figure was.

By Carole from Locust Fork, AL

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January 1, 20151 found this helpful

I paid for 3 years of college for my son with change. We started when he was in 9th grade and put each denomination into its own coffee can. When the cans got full, we had him and his friends help roll the change and then deposited into a separate account for his college fund. Now I just save change in little glasses and when they are full, I roll them and put them into my safe. When I get $100, I put it in my savings account and use it every year for my vacation and my bowling tournament. It's a great way to save!

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May 3, 2010

Since I no longer work outside the home, I've been looking for ways that I have my own money. My husband hands over his check and never questions where it goes, but it is just not the same. I run errands for my son and he is always saying "Mom, you have access to my checking. Go buy yourself something, you spent 4 hours today on my stuff." Well I don't like that either.

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So what I did was I washed my instant coffee jar (it has a real pretty red top) and set it on the dining table. Above it, I posted a sign on the wall "My goal: $100 by May 3 for my online AVON order". Well that jar is filling up real fast.(heeeeeh I'm gonna have more than my $100!) My son has not been happy that I never paid myself and stuck some money in there. My husband is emptying his change at night into that jar. When I go to the laundromat, I put the leftover quarters in there. I found a nickle on the ground, it went in there. Well, you get my drift.

This method can be a way to fund most anything. I've been told that I am very hard to shop for because I have such simple tastes. Neither on of my kids want to buy me the mixer that I really want, so I intend to tell them to put money in my jar then I'm gonna tell them what I got for Mothers Day, Birthday, and so on. Right now my jar is bringing me so much pleasure just watching it grow, I might look back through my order and eliminate (Or I might just get what I want). The fun is in the anticipation of knowing my want is a possibility.

So if you have a want or a need-get you a jar and set it on the dining table (everyone in the family ends up there most days) make you a sign and see what happens.

By notwrong from TN right now soon it might be VA

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May 6, 20100 found this helpful

Love it! I confiscate all pennies around here, which is easy, since most folks toss them...

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August 17, 2016

Save Your Loose Change

This has saved me a few times and I love it. I made a few shopping totes and had one left over. I found some spare change and tossed it in the purse. I went about my day and weeks, never remembering the money was there. I found some change laying around the house. I quickly thought of my purse and made a deposit.

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January 14, 2010

Whenever cash is paid for something and change is given back, save it. Change adds up fast into big bucks. I also save the one dollar bills and group into tens.

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April 1, 2011

Saving money in a jar.

When we know we are going to have to provide for a wedding or new baby that is on the way, we start saving. We take a pint canning jar and start unloading our change and any tips we get.

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July 24, 2009

When the vase gets full, I take it to the bank and deposit it into my "special" savings account. Since I only glance at the statement once a month I don't see how much it has accumulated, so I'm not tempted to spend it.

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April 3, 2009

Many of us are living cheque to cheque and trying to make ends meet. How are we supposed to save money when we barely have enough as it is now for basic needs?

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February 26, 2011

My husband and I collect the spare change we find around the house, in the laundry, etc. I found a big antique Ball jar at a thrift store and we use that. It is easily contained and looks nice on the shelf.

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April 30, 2012

Dollar bills have a letter on the left hand side of each bill, identifying which Federal Bank it is from. Bills are lettered from A to M. Choose a letter or two and every night sort out any bills with that chosen letter to put aside for savings.

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July 1, 20050 found this helpful

If it is hard for you to save money, only spend dollar bills and save all the change you get in a jar or container at home. My daughter and fiance' have been doing this for the last 2 months and have $150.00 already. It is easy and fun to watch it grow.

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March 29, 2007

My husband and I have done something from the very start of our life together. Every time we find money on the ground, we keep it separate from our own and put it in a clear glass piggy bank when we get home.

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February 2, 2007

Remember coins are money, too. I have seen kids run away leaving a shower of pennies behind them, which I picked up! Some people have trouble paying with change, but it's currency, too!

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September 20, 20040 found this helpful

Save all your coins everyday and place them in a container and after a year use that money for something you want to do, like a vacation. By Carol

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April 16, 20020 found this helpful

My husband and I always save our change, but recently we have started saving our one dollar bills. At the end of each day, we put all of our ones in a little bank, and on Saturday, we deposit what we have, this week alone our deposit was $54.00. You'd be amazed how quickly they add up, and you don't really miss them. By Carol

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August 13, 20040 found this helpful

This will add about $30 every couple months to your savings account: Start saving all your pennies. After you're used to doing that for a while, start saving ALL your change. Then save all your $1 bills. I save all my change and (well okay only some) dollar bills and end up with about $30 (give or take)every couple months to put into my savings account. Where does it come from? I guess it's magic! By Jayne

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