Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Pocket Change


Why is it that men feel compelled to create piles of change, as if those coins aren’t worth a thing?  At least the men in my family both seem to be coin hoarders.
I decided to turn what my son left behind into fun money tonight.  Those 4 piles of coins represent about $20.  A nice lunch perhaps?
In addition to the US coins, there were foreign coins, a battery, a key, and some garbage.  I do wonder what the key would open.  Everything but the key has been recycled.
This behavior would have been quite foreign to my father, who accounted for every penny that ever crossed his path.  He did save silver dollars, but only because he thought they might be valuable some day.  And so they are.
I’ve put all of Dan’s coins into wrappers which I will take to the bank tomorrow.
How do you deal with loose change?

19 Comments:

Blogger Velvet said...

I hate junk, so I view coins sitting around as junk. And I seem to have a knack for getting into relationships with men who collect coins in jars, boxes, 5 gallon water bottles they thieved from Deer Park...

I take that shit to TD Bank and dump it in the coin machine. They don't charge a fee, you don't have to roll it first, and you get the money right then, even if you don't have an account there.

11:31 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Velvet -- As crazy as it sounds, I sort of like rolling all those coins. But I'll remember about the no-fee bank in case I get a really big pile.

11:48 PM  
Blogger Gary said...

Every once in a while I bring my coins to the bank, dump it into the machine and collect. Usually it is over $200.00. It adds up quickly.

In the days before these bank machines when you were required to roll change I would separate all the coins in buckets I got from the casinos and act like I won it in the slot machines so I could get the cash.

12:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I collect my loose change in a beautiful small bowl with a glazed spiral made by a potter friend of mine. When my funds get seriously depleted, I roll it all up and head for the bank.

F.

12:49 AM  
Blogger Cyndy said...

I was out of cash the other day so I took the gallon jar of coins from the past five years (that I fill from my husband's dresser and the floor)and emptied out half of it into the machine at the bank. I walked out with $122 dollars plus the five foreign coins and three screws that it rejected. It's kind of fun using that machine.

12:55 AM  
Blogger kvn299 said...

HEY! I resemble that stereotype!

It's a constant battle for me to keep coins from piling up. I'm mostly "at stasis" right now, but sometimes the balance disappears and the work to restore it begins...

And one good stereotype deserves another: How about the ladies who spend 5 minutes digging out a single penny from their pocketbook at the supermarket checkout, with no effort to even have the change purse in hand ahead of time? LOL

8:17 AM  
Blogger Pauline said...

Oh man, I am one of KVNs old ladies digging for change! I do have a bowl for the extra that builds up in my change purse and I save quarters for the dryer in the winter ( I have a washer at home but can't hang clothes out in freezing rain). No such thing as loose piles of change at my house :(

8:45 AM  
Blogger Reya Mellicker said...

It's not just men you know. I have a mountain of change that I'm going to take to the bank today. They won't take it if it's rolled at my bank. Nice, eh?

9:37 AM  
Blogger LiLu said...

It's so true. B has a 1 gallon bag FILLED with change that he just keeps adding to. Who am I to argue, as long as it stays hidden in one of our cute IKEA shelf-boxes?

10:47 AM  
Blogger Merle Sneed said...

I bought the neatest hand crank coin sorter off the internet. I just dump my change in it when I get home. The crank sorts it into tubes which can be easily wrapped and taken to the bank.

1:54 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

I carry my change and spend it. Why is that so hard?!

5:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want Merle's sorter! Sounds like my kind of contraption.

F.

6:05 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

I keep it in a piggy bank until the bank gets too heavy/full and then I take it to the bank, dump it in the change machine and deposit the money.

9:05 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Steve -- You and I think alike! I've never had a change pile of any sort.

10:33 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Kevin -- On more than one occasion I have produced the necessary coins to get the line moving and the little old ladies out the door. Maddening!

Or worse yet, the ones who have maxed out all their charge cards and just keep trying to see if one will work...

11:01 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Pauline -- I just realized you are with Steve and me in the minority.

Everybody else -- It sounds like you think of your piles of coins as an occasional gift. But in the case of Gary, $200 is no small change!

11:04 PM  
Blogger Gary said...

Yeah, I really let it pile up. Constantly emptying my pockets and filling my piggy bank (an actual piggy). I hate having change in my pocket and rarely spend it. I gotta learn from Steve.

11:06 PM  
Blogger Rayna said...

throw it into jars. Someday I'll take it to the penny machine but not yet. Every so often, I put them in wrappers.

When my kids were little and I was poor, I emptied all the jars and turned the coins in for paper so I could give their counselors tips at the end of the summer.

11:41 PM  
Blogger Harriett Faulks said...

You should let Dan learn that every penny counts. To make it easier for him to count his loose change, why don’t you purchase him a coin bank with coin counter? It would help him keep track of loose change he has the easier and faster way. Anyway, saving it to the bank is a smart choice. @ Bankmart

3:46 PM  

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