Change you can spend

No, really. I just took the household collections to the bank. The spouse’s stash garnered over $50. The youngest netted nearly $90.

How in the world my family thinks change isn’t real money is beyond me. But then, I’m one of those aggravating ladies at the check-out line counting her coins as payment.


  1. We have a huge glass bottle that we collect change in all year. I then take it to the bank just before a vacation for mad money. It is rather fun.

    I am not too proud to pick change up off the floor/street either. When it starts growing on trees, I will stop picking it up.

    One year at Disney World, we picked up so much change at the parks that I realized I needed to spend it before we flew home. It went for ice cream bars and toll booths.

  2. I don’t like “change.” It all ends up in the bottom of my purse. About 20 pounds of it. Eventually my purse becomes so heavy it could be used as a weapon, if needed (beware purse snatchers)!

    When I begin to walk lopsided, then I will empty it, and it goes to my husband’s change pile where he can reap the benefits of it.

    I usually do pay with exact change, though.

    No, I don’t like “change.”

  3. My congregation has a loose change offering. We designate an organization every month, and all the loose change in the offering plates goes to that charity. People bring in whatever they have kicking around, the nickles they won bowling, and so on. It’s fun.

  4. I think it was Suzi Orman who first cued me into saving your spare change rather than lugging it around in a pocket or wallet. She recommended doing it to help people increase their savings in a painless way.

    I like the idea of Kathryn’s congregation “change” for “hope” plan!

  5. Saving has never been a problem for me. It’s been funny over the years to watch the kids adopt similar thinking. At first it was obvious that if they really wanted to spend, they’d come asking for more so they could “save” their own. Of course that didn’t happen, so now 2 of 3 have pretty much stopped spending. They even shop for clothes from Goodwill.

    I’m not sure what happened to that third one, though.

  6. Your post reminded me that I forgot to take our change tin into the bank. We usually empty ours in December, just in time for Christmas shopping.

    I am always surprised at the selection of stuff at Goodwill. And of course if you ever need a costume for let’s say a 70’s party, you’re bound to find something. I picked up a spiffy silver lame shirt and spandex pants “disco” outfit for just such an occasion.