By dbailey from Arkansas
By Floatingspirit from Pine Brook, NJ
This isn't a very good solution for those people who end up with lots of change, unless you have many bottles to fill. But I don't get that much change these days, since I use a Debit or Credit card for almost everything I buy. Hope this helps someone though.
By Pookarina from Boca Raton, FL
When the containers fill up, I fill and label old prescription vials ("Q","D","N" and "P") with each coin group and store them in an old make-up bag in the glove compartment in my car. Then I pay with exact change through every drive-through (i.e. fast food, cleaners, gas, tolls, parking, etc). My unwanted coins are gone in no time. The store clerks always thank me because they always need more change.
By cipi2000 from Miami, FL
I save loose change ALL year. At the end of November or first week of December, I roll the change or take it to the change counter (or Coinstar). I use this money for my husband's Christmas gift. There was enough change for a Henry Rifle last year. Needless to say, my husband was very happy and oh, so surprised!
By missysmom from Nokomis, AL
By Casey178 from Australia
Then once a month or so I count them out, put them in baggies, and take them to the bank. I used to roll them, but my bank (a credit union) just unrolls them when I bring them in, as the bank they do business with won't take them rolled. I save the money for something I really want.
By Marty from Amish Country, Ohio
Tips for organizing your coins. Post your ideas.
I use the plastic trays from boxes of chocolates or biscuits and put different denominations of coins into the individual sections. Of course it is a hardship having to eat the chocolates or biscuits in the first place but, I grit my teeth and do it! I exchange the coins for notes when I reach £50. I also have a £1 coin saver and again, each time I reach £50 I change it into notes. All the notes go into a wallet for my holiday fund. As Gibraltar is right next to Spain on the Iberian peninsula, I also have euros so have two trays in operation simultaneously. It's amazing how quickly savings mount up, and the coins are never missed.
A great way to save! I take a large container, any type will do. I cut a hole in the top about the size of a quarter and super glue the top on. What goes in the container, stays in the container. I put my pocket change in this container all year. I also might put in money from rebates, part of any mad money I come across. Sometimes, I just make a small donation. My husband contributes as well. We cut open the container once a year and take a small holiday. We usually have between $300 - $500 saved. One year we had $1500 and treated ourselves to a trip to Atlantic City. You could use this for a Christmas fund or whatever.
By Jayne from Bristow, VA
Spare Change Adds Up
Actually this is very simple but has really helped me with finances. I have a large jar that animal cookies came in. Over the past several years I have kept change in it. Every year on New Year's Eve I roll all of my change and then it goes into my savings account. I have saved anywhere from $150 to $250 in a year. In the last two years I have saved enough money to buy a new couch. Not too bad for spare change. It really does add up.
By Tonya from Tyler, Texas
Saving for Spring Break
I use a big water jug and I got it to the top and got enough money for a spring break trip. $950 in change was incredible and it only took one college semester :)