Organizing Change

To organize your quarters for the laundromat, try putting them in empty "Airborne" plastic containers. Many quarters fit perfectly in the containers without moving around. Plus, they can be carried around easily in a pocket or purse, without taking up much space. No more fumbling for change.

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July 11, 2011

We have a change jar sitting on the desk. When anyone finds change, of course they put it in the jar. After it gets about half full, our 12 year old daughter sorts it and puts it in gallon jars that are out of sight.

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I use my empty prescription bottles for organizing change. The smallest bottle I get is exactly right for holding $10 worth of quarters. I haven't taken the time to count change into other sizes, but when I do, I'll be marking the lid with a Black Sharpie pen.

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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. I use this money for my husband's Christmas gift. There was enough change for a Henry Rifle last year.

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July 8, 2011

As the treasurer for a small community group, I often have to carry heavy bags of coins to the bank. To lighten my load, I take the coins to my workplace - a pizza store - and exchange them for notes.

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What to do with all that unwanted change in coins? You don't want to ever count it. I keep 4 plastic containers in my kitchen drawer now (for quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies).

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I found four piggy banks, each one different, and put them on my night stand. Before going to bed, I get out my change from the day and place the change in the bank just for that coin.

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You can make little shallow containers for collecting pocket change or other small things, such as bobby pins or paperclips by re-using the colorful bottom trays some candy comes with or using the bottom of a candy box.

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June 7, 2005

Tips for organizing your coins. Post your ideas.

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June 7, 20050 found this helpful

Save your change by emptying your coins into a vase that holds artificial flowers. The weight keeps the vase from being accidentally tipped over - and burglars would never think to look there for your money!

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June 7, 20050 found this helpful

I don't need to organize my coins, because I spend them. I know lots of people use paper bills and just let the coins build up. I try to pay the exact amount of the coinage because it keeps me from getting more, and it gets rid of what I have. The clerks are usually glad to get change for their drawers, too.

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By Fran (Guest Post)
June 7, 20050 found this helpful

I purchased a coin separater with 4 tubes. As I get change I put it in the proper slot. When the tube is filled, I wrap the coins. No more spending hours wrapping coins.

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By Jackie S. (Guest Post)
June 7, 20050 found this helpful

I keep 4 small plastic, empty butter dishes in a drawer in my kitchen. One for each denomination. When the bowl gets full, I roll the coins right away and either take them to the bank, or put in one of my dresser drawers until there's enough to make it worthwhile.

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I paid for 3 years of college for my son with coins! The bank hated to see me each month when I went to turn them in.

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January 18, 20090 found this helpful

i got one of the huge containers that you get snacks in from the local buy bulk store cleaned it up put fabric around it and shinny tape on top and trained dh to put his change in it

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January 19, 20100 found this helpful

I keep a small piggy bank from the dollar store on my desk. Every day I put all my change into it, along with any $1 bills. On the first of the month, I also put a $20 bill into it. When it gets full, I dump it all into a large ceramic vase that I keep behind the entertainment center, out of sight, out of mind.

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Twice a year I take the large vase and deposit everything into a savings account. I shred all the withdrawal slips, and keep the deposit slips in the vase.

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January 20, 20100 found this helpful

One of the easiest things to do is throw your daily change into a large bowl/container of some sort. But the problem is you have to sort it when you're ready. To fix that problem, buy a coin sorter and either get the rollers in the tube already shaped or free from the bank. Every night empty pocket change and its already sorted. When each tube gets full, its ready to roll. Lots easier. Over a years time I've saved about $1000 in loose change.

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July 1, 20110 found this helpful

I have two jars to hold my change, and they're each painted differently.
One is for small change, and the other is for big change.

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Paper money just sits in my wallet. Whenever I need change, its easy to take out because its already sorted, and you don't have to dig around for what you need!

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July 4, 20110 found this helpful

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.

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August 12, 2020

I rarely buy coffee out but when I do, I have these cups to recycle. One day, I was throwing my change in the console, and this old cup was in there from the day before.

Coins on top of a paper cup with a plastic lid.

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February 25, 2011

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.

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