Apr 8, 2010
Keep The Change (Merrick)
When I met Philip, he had a big plastic jar that he kept all his change in. He estimated that the change in the money jar equaled about $50. I have never been much of a change keeper, but after we got married I converted and added my $3 (or something pathetically low) worth of coins to the jar, we upgraded to a larger plastic bin, and from then on we started keeping all our change. Since Philip works for a car rental company, he frequently washes cars where he runs across coins that people have left behind. This change goes in the change bin along with any other loose change we find in the house, in the car, or in my purse.
Now that we’ve been married three and a half years, this plastic bin is filled with change – and not just pennies. We’re estimating several hundred dollars of change.
Over the last few months we’ve been talking about buying a nice kitchen table to replace our tiny and cheap IKEA table. I suggested that we use this change. It may not cover the entire cost of a table and six chairs, but it will probably cover most of it. It is amazing to me that a quarter here and a nickel there, accumulated over a few years, will be able to make such a huge purchase. We rarely think about this money, and have never missed it, so it’s almost like having a huge chunk of free money to spend on something we would really like to buy!
I’ve heard of others using their spare change to save for family vacations. Others, to buy cleaning supplies and other household necessities. Some use it up every month, and others save it for years. But any way that you look at it, it’s basically free money that allows you to make purchases that won’t take away from that month’s paycheck. And really, you can’t get much better than that.
So readers, do you save your change? And if so, what do you use it for?