What Do You Do With Your Spare Change?

by Justin Weinger on August 27, 2011

The other day I started cleaning out the drawers in my office desk and, because sometimes I’m not good about avoiding the office vending machine, I ended up finding about $5 worth of spare change.  This got me to thinking: where else do I have a few buck in coins just lying around?

What Do You Do With Your Spare Change?

Some people make it rain. I make it drizzle.

After checking the center console of my car, my sock drawer, in between the couch cushions, and about ten other places, I ultimately came up with $18.23 in change.

Yeah, I know, not exactly enough to retire on, but it’s still $18.23 more than I had before.  Well, not really, but you get the point.  Either way, I’ll take it!

So, what about you?

Where do you keep your spare change?  Do you ever do anything with it, or just let it collect dust and forget about it?  If you do actually do something with it, what do you do?  What’s the biggest amount of spare change you’ve ever had?

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Tammy August 27, 2011 at 4:25 pm

I place my “found” money – change laying around, the bills I find in coat or jeans pockets, and even rebates – in a spaghetti sauce jar. Each time I take a trip, that is my fun money. It’s been 6 years since I’ve taken a vacation, and I have over $200 in that trip jar. I can’t wait to enjoy money that otherwise would have been wasted away and not remembered. (It helps that my credit union has a change machine that automatically deposits my coins into my account.)

What are you doing with your newly found coin collection?

Brian Carr August 29, 2011 at 10:52 am

That’s a great idea!

Petra August 28, 2011 at 12:32 pm

I haven’t used cash for a long time. Everything’s paid either automatically, online, or via my debit card now. I never had a car, so I didn’t need spare change for parking. So even in the past the only place my cash would be would be in my wallet and it would be spend the next time I paid for something. Right now there’s 0.65 in cash in my wallet. Waiting for the next time I really need cash. Which might be months from now.

Brian Carr August 29, 2011 at 10:53 am

I’m pretty much the same way. I put most of my transactions on my credit card so that I get the points, paying off each month, obviously!

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