Last year, I made an effort to starting saving my spare change. Whenever I went somewhere and paid with cash, any coin left over immediately went into a jar. Several times throughout the year, usually right before I went on vacation somewhere (like Atlanta), I would cash in my coins and use that as my spending money. Most of the time, it ended up being around $200.
Why am I talking about this? Simply because so many people don’t think of their spare change as a saving method. They lose their coin under their car seats or simply spend it as it accumulates. I constantly scan the parking lots for loose coin (in one week, I actually ending up finding a $1 total in coin which may not sound like much, but it’s $1 more than I had). If I go to a store and my total is $2.01 (and I have cash), I will give them $3. Believe me, I’ve worked at banks and in retail so I know how much of a pain that is.
My little container (it’s an old Panko container) was full today, so I took the coin I have been saving since January 1st. I work currently at a credit union with a coin machine, so I don’t have to roll my coin (thank goodness) or pay any sort of fee to use the machine.
My total of coin saved for 2015 so far? 82.09! I think that deserves a side-bar widget…
MOST of it is going in to my piggy bank but I’m short on funds this week so some of it may go in to my pocket. I’m going to try my hardest not to use any of that money though. In fact, any income from sources that aren’t usual paycheck (i.e. birthday, petsitting gigs) will go straight into that bank.
Do you have any unique ways to save up money?