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Mike 03 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 05:34 PM
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Poll question: What do you do with your spare change?
If you have the habit I do of tossing coins into some box or something, and you one day discover you have a lot of it...

What next?

Sorry, polls are turned off at Level 3.

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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 05:37 PM
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1. It all goes in a little drawer on my dresser.
Periodically Miz t. counts it up, rolls it, and converts it to 'real' money.
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 05:38 PM
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2. My dear Mike 03...
I use my spare change!

Or, sometimes when I have too much, I drop the excess in the donation box at my grocery store...

Or I use it in parking meters!

Stuff like that!

:hi:

I voted "other" BTW...

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kentauros Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 05:41 PM
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3. I keep it in one of these folding coin "purses" in my pocket



and use it as I need it. The only coinage I keep at home are the quarters I need for laundry and I do run out of them, too ;)
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NCarolinawoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 06:17 PM
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10. I need one of those. Where can I get one?
Edited on Sat Mar-07-09 06:19 PM by NCarolinawoman
I drop my coins in the bottom of my purse. Then when I find I am getting low on cash, I sit in the car and count it up. I add it to the cash when making a small purchase at a greeting card shop, hardware store, etc.

One of those folding coin purses would come in handy. :)

I don't use coins when there is a big line behind me. I will say this--the clerks often seem grateful to get those nickels and pennies. :P
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kentauros Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 10:46 PM
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25. Here's some at the following link:
http://www.wholesalecentral.com/sercal0001/store.cfm?ev...

Mine was a gift and was told it was crafted by Native Americans from deerskin. I know it's at least deerskin; I can't verify the rest. I've had it at least 20 years and have only had to reglue the interior circle of extra leather back into place once. That's just there to keep the coins from wearing through. If I ever lost it, I'd like see if I could get someone to make one out of hemp :)
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Zornhau Donating Member (413 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 05:44 PM
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4. Eat it!
:P
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 05:54 PM
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5. Save it and use the machine thing at Kroger
yeah they keep some but rolling coins sucks
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bigwillq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 06:00 PM
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7. I do the same
but normally at Stop and Shop. I hate rolling coins.
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rainbow4321 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 09:04 PM
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18. Ditto. Then they hand you the coin portion of your "money back"
and it starts alllll ooovvver again.
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MrScorpio Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 05:59 PM
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6. I give it to my wife
She always finds a use for it
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CreekDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 06:06 PM
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8. Put it into a large jar everyday and then to coinstar when full
When it's full, there's about $100.

I used to take it to Reno or Las Vegas until coin machines got hard to find (and the cashier's didn't want dimes or pennies).

My change during Lent is going into a different jar and that's going to a charity of some sort.
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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 06:08 PM
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9. Laundry
change smaller than quarters gets used for small purchases so's I don't have to bust out an extra dollar bill.
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bif Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 06:22 PM
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11. Save the silver in a jar.
When I get a couple jars full, I roll it and buy something big--like a camera or something.
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flvegan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 06:33 PM
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12. In better times, I used to do that with my $1 bills.
I used cash exclusively and whenever I got home, I'd put my money away after taking my $1 bills out and putting them in a shoe box. When I got to 50, I wrapped them and put them in a strongbox. One year, I got up to almost $3k. Anyway, each November I'd count it and from that, I'd buy my mom something nice for her birthday/Christmas and deposit the rest. It became a game to me, but it was a nice way to build up a little savings.

I still do it with coins, but it's not as climactic. I use my debit card more than cash now, so...
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Jamastiene Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 06:57 PM
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13. True Story
I saved my change for 3 years back in the 90s. When I got my computer, I wanted to buy a printer to go along with it. I didn't have enough in paper money to buy the printer.

It took three of us to carry all my change into the bank after I rolled it. It was very heavy. I got enough to buy my first printer with only that change. I had about $14 left over too.

Those were better times. Now, the budget doesn't allow for nice things, just groceries, barely. So, now, I save my change and dump it in the machine for the ticket that takes a tad bit off my grocery bill. It's still a good habit to save change, imho.
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rainbow4321 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 09:09 PM
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19. That's exactly what my sister's family did back then!
They had saved over $600 in coins, took it to the bank and either got bills or deposited the coins, and went out and got themselves their first computer. They didn't need alot of computer bells and whistles at the time so they easily found a desktop and paid for it by the spare change they had collected over a period of time.
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 08:40 PM
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14. It all goes into a big jar, and then gets donated
someplace about once a year or so.

Usually when a food bank is announcing that they're desperately low.
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Pierre.Suave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 08:45 PM
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15. I throw it out the window at homeless people as I drive by...
Kidding, I would never do that.

I save it in a jar.
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rainbow4321 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 09:03 PM
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16. Save it and then head to Coinstar
Then use it as pocket money that lasts for a few weeks. One or two less trips to the ATM machine or swipe of the debit card.

Got $65 back one time.
I really do need to get a jar..right now I put it all on the tops of both my dressers.
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littlebit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 09:03 PM
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17. I have a jar that I keep in my truck.
I put all of my change in it while I am out on the road. When I come home my girlfriend goes out and takes it all.
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AwakeAtLast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 10:12 PM
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20. AALette get it all.
We take to a CoinStar, then to the bank and she puts it in her savings account. Since we have started this we don't have to worry about loose change lying around. She scoops it up and puts it in her piggy bank without a moment's hesitation!
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Shell Beau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 10:22 PM
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21. I always take my jar when it gets full and dump it in those machines.
It really adds up. Last time it was over $300. I take it one to two times a year.
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Drunken Irishman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 10:27 PM
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22. I save quarters and dimes...put 'em in a bag on my desk.
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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 10:36 PM
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23. Had a big box of change. Started putting some in my pocket every morning and trying
all day not to get anything but paper back. Finally spent it all.
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crim son Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 10:45 PM
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24. I save it and give it in chunks to my youngest son to spend at
Edited on Sat Mar-07-09 10:46 PM by crim son
the corner store on Fridays. He can't believe his good fortune and I'm happy to be rid of the dimes and quarters.
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Left Is Write Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 10:52 PM
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26. I have a glass cookie jar on my dresser where the coins and small bills go every night.
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AlCzervik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 10:54 PM
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27. goes into the 5 gallon empty water jug.
we collected spare change for 9 years and finally put it through coinstar and we got about $650.
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emilyg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 11:41 PM
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28. I fill a coffee can and then give
it to my grandkids.
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