If you are like most people, change doesn't mean much unless you need to feed the parking meter.
It used to be like that for us until we started saving our change; every last penny.
The old way for us was to toss it in a drawer, place it on the counter, shove it in the bottom of my purse or dump it on the car's console. (We have a futon for a couch, so there is none in our couch!)
Now, we have an old fashioned piggy bank. It's kind of silly, really but we picked up a counter piggy bank at the goodwill and it actually recognizes the various coins put into it and keeps track of the amount of change. It is so fun to watch it add up.
Can you believe just by doing this for one week we saved over fifteen dollars in change?
If we kept this pace for a year, we could have a nice weekend getaway on just the change that was being hap-haphazardly tossed around!
You could easily not stress about things like doing laundry at the laundry mat, cleaning supplies, pizza night or even a date once a month if you just saved your change the previous month.
Try the experiment. Save all your change for just one month. You will be surprised at how fast it adds up and how much money you are just tossing out of each paycheck. This means all change. Resist the urge to use change to pay for anything. If something is $3.25, don't give that cashier that quarter you have in your wallet. Just take the 75 cents she will give back to you and put it in your piggy bank.
Know something really neat? My husband is a manager at a fast food restaurant and he knows a lady that rain, snow or shine goes out early in the morning (very early, think 5 or 6 am) every morning and gathers the dropped change in drive through windows at various places. You know, the stuff that people accidentally drop while they are getting thier change back. JUST by doing this, she is able to take a trip to Hawaii or somewhere else every year! Now that is using your noggin!
Let me know! Save your change for just one month and see how it ads up.
Photo via flickr by adam*b