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Old 11-11-2007, 07:24 AM   #21
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I get free coin wrappers from the bank, and spend a few hours every month rolling the chage then putting it in a box. well it was so heavy after 5 years there was 500+ in rolled change! Cool, we bought a new laptop with it!
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Old 11-11-2007, 09:50 AM   #22
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There is a Chevy Chase Bank branch around the corner with a coin counting machine that is free for anyone to use (don't have to have an account there). When the coin jar gets full I just cash it all in there. I never carry coins.

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I need to find a bank with a free coin counting machine!

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Old 11-11-2007, 10:06 AM   #24
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I'll charge a 25 cent pack of gum.
Have you really done that?

I feel funny charging anything under $10. Also, the way that most people use credit cards, it's easy to imagine some guy in line thinking "Wow, I thought I was poor -- that guy can't even afford to pay cash for gum!"

It would be nice to have a system in which there's no accumulation of coins. I think I'll put a jar by the front door door to the garage. When I come in, the coins go there, and when I go out, I take them with me.
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Old 11-11-2007, 10:28 AM   #25
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Have you really done that?

I feel funny charging anything under $10. Also, the way that most people use credit cards, it's easy to imagine some guy in line thinking "Wow, I thought I was poor -- that guy can't even afford to pay cash for gum!"
LOL!!! I catch myself thinking that sometimes.

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It would be nice to have a system in which there's no accumulation of coins. I think I'll put a jar by the front door door to the garage. When I come in, the coins go there, and when I go out, I take them with me.
I have a spot where I put coins when I am traveling for work. Otherwise my purse is too heavy. Then, when I get back I put them back. If things get too heavy, it goes in the jar.

If you count out the change when you buy things, you won't have much left, if any. Maybe it would help to carry one of those change purses that old men used to carry (in addition to their wallets). My father and his contemporaries used to have them, though I don't recall seeing one in many years.
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The coinstar machines in the supermarkets around here charge no surcharge if you take payment in a gift card. Options include itunes, amazon, starbucks, LNT, etc.

Coinstar : Our Products : FREE Coin Counting when you turn coins into a Gift Card or eCertificate

So when my coin jar gets full, I take it with me to the grocery store. Dump it in, get either an amazon card if i'm planning to buy something from them or an itunes card for the wife.

I always keep a few quarters in my pocket these days though. SOMEBODY is very interested in the 'canny machines'...

There may not be any coinstar machines near you, but somebody probably has a similar setup.
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I keep mine in a pint Ball jar on the dresser. When it gets full, I take it to the coin counting machine at the grocery. I then buy that amount of canned food for my church's food pantry.
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My change doesn't last 10 seconds after I empty pockets when I come home. My wife scarfs it up immediately and tosses it into her coin jar. When the jar gets full, she and my granddaughter roll it, and they both make a trip to the bank where it's deposited into my granddaughter's educational account....
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Old 11-11-2007, 12:15 PM   #29
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When the jar gets full, she and my granddaughter roll it, and they both make a trip to the bank where it's deposited into my granddaughter's educational account....
Similar for us. We fill a jar with coins. The coins then get distributed to our kid for odd jobs. She deposits the coins in her piggy bank, and when piggy gets full, we take the kid and the pig to the bank where the coins go into the free coin counter and then into her account.

When her account reaches a new multiple of $100, the bank gives her a free movie ticket.

So, the loose pocket change teaches her how to be a wage slave, encourages her to save, gives her a cheap thrill at the coin counting machine, and then keeps her quiet for an hour or two while she stares at a big screen. Ah, the power of change!
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Old 11-11-2007, 12:49 PM   #30
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I don't have many coins since I charge everything. I have had money in my wallet for months.
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Old 11-11-2007, 01:21 PM   #31
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I charge most things but there are some places where queueing takes longer if you use a credit card, e.g. the coffee shop at my hospital. So I do keep some coins in my purse, and try to provide exact change if possible. I also keep some change in the coin drawer in the car. Overflow goes into a dish on the kitchen counter and replenishes the "on-site storage bins" when needed. Probably no more than $10 there.

I travel a lot and if I have spare currency, I keep it in a Ziplok bag in my home safe between trips. On the plane I make the switch. Thank goodness for the Euro! I wish the UK would convert......
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Old 11-11-2007, 01:36 PM   #32
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I never carry change. Any that I get goes to DW. WTH she does with it I do not know - Maybe that is what she uses at Yard Sales for all of those da** pots she buys. Every once in a while she will say she spent $1, $2 or $3 or so for this that or the other thing.
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Old 11-11-2007, 02:40 PM   #33
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I use a coin purse to keep the handling reasonable and spend the change I receive.

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Ever since I have been a kid, I have had a three foot high Galliano bottle that my uncle gave me. All my spare change goes in (DW's too). We go years without tapping it. The last time we emptied it, we bought the guy in my avatar (Welsh Pembroke Corgi).

Even though it takes years to fill, it is not as long as when my two girls were in the home. My "wild child" seemed to thing it was the family bank account that anyone could use without asking.


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Thats funny. I used to have one of those huge galliano bottles years ago and filled it with change. Just at the right height to take money out of your pocket and dump it right in.
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I have a piggy bank in the kitchen, a coffee can in the bedroom, a cup in the laundry room and also the little drawer in the car dashboard for loose change. I hadn't taken the time to roll coins for a while and then I was in our bank and they were having a promotion for rolled coins. They had assorted wrappers all bundled and asked people to bring in rolled coins and if you deposited them into a savings account you were entered into a raffle for a $1000 savings bond. I rolled and deposited like the thrifty bank customer that I am, but didn't win the raffle.

But our savings account pays 3.5% so it's all for the best. http://www.amtrust.com/ProductDetail...d=AK&PID=42003

Speaking of loose change..... My sister's car is always a mess. Files, papers, clothes, general clutter. Recently she asked me if I wanted her loose change from her car. She had collected it all in an empty water bottle and it had sat there for a month or so and was starting to look grungy. She was going to throw it out and then she thought of ME and how I know what to do with money, large or small. Yeah, I took that bottle of coins and washed them off and added it to the stash. It was mostly pennies but I did find a couple of dimes in there, too.

We are 2 very different sisters.
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Old 11-11-2007, 05:58 PM   #37
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i keep all my loose change on the floor between the car seat and the center console. last time i vacuumed i made myself 4 bucks. sweet.
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Old 11-11-2007, 06:25 PM   #38
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I charge virtually everything on my credit card. What little spare change I generate (maybe $1/month?), I usually leave it in the car console for use in parking meters or to buy stamps (neither of which I do very often) or some other miscellaneous purpose. Or if I'm inside the house when I discover the nuisance change, I'll "donate" it to my kids' piggy banks.
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I have a basket which I throw my loose change and let it accumulate til I have enough for a round of golf. I use the coin converter at the supermarket - you pay a fee but since I don't know how much was in there I don't let the charge bother me.
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Pump it into the coin slot at the Walmart self check out.
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