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Old 02-20-2018, 01:25 PM   #21
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The local grocery store has one of those change to cash machines. Charges a whopping 12% but its fun anyway.
Most common one I have seen is "Coinstar".

Inside bank where I have an account they do not charge. If you visit one in a grocery store and instead of taking it in cash, take a store credit off their list there is zero fee. I always get Amazon gift cards from Coinstar as I shop on Amazon routinely/daily it seems like.
https://www.coinstar.com/giftcards

I keep a change jar on the shelf and if my wallet gets change added I empty it into the jar. I never pay with change and every other year or so go and cash it all in. These days though I use a credit card mostly and probably should switch to Apple Pay.
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Old 02-20-2018, 01:53 PM   #22
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We collected our change a few years ago. We had carted the jars and containers for years.

We had over 600 bucks. It came in handy in a particularly thin month.

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Coinstar sounds familiar.

Doesn't matter. I very rarely go inside a bank. One of my dear friends much younger wife is my personal banker...whatever the eff that means. I go inside a bank maybe couple times a year. ATM drive thru mostly.

Pay nearly everything locally with cash. They are all mom & pop local operations; I know every little bit helps.

It makes a difference too. Yesterday some of what I call "our local talent" was dicking around at the register of the local gas station, trying to remember why they were there (a girl & guy crack or opium head "couple").

As soon as I walked up to back of line, she spies me, calls out, and the owner says "John I can take care of you here at this register" (he opens up the closed one).

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I was given one of these many years ago. believe it or not, it works really well and the batteries have lasted as long as I've had it. Tells you instantly how much you have in the jar.

https://www.amazon.com/Digital-Count...n+counting+jar
My wife keeps one on top of the ice box. I just unscrew the lid and drop in my change, easier than putting them in one at a time.
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My wife keeps one on top of the ice box. I just unscrew the lid and drop in my change, easier than putting them in one at a time.
Oh man...can't you just play nice?
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Estimate the value of your coin jar with this:

https://www.coincalc.com/

I once has a cardboard box that personal checks come in, and the full box of coins came out to over $90. More than I would have thought. Maybe I was heavy on dimes.

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My Cupholder in the truck usually has about $50 worth of change before I decide to empty it.

I have kept every penny I've ever gotten. Put em in old jars. Have dozens of old jars full of pennies hanging around the shop and the house.
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My Cupholder in the truck usually has about $50 worth of change before I decide to empty it.

I have kept every penny I've ever gotten. Put em in old jars. Have dozens of old jars full of pennies hanging around the shop and the house.
If they are before 1982, you stand to make a tidy profit on the pennies.
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My kids will have fun sorting through them after I'm dead
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My kids will have fun sorting through them after I'm dead
They'll probably say these are worthless and toss them.
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And so are quotes and or invoices with them... Seriously tracking pennies is mind numbing. If a sub sends me a quote with pennies I just round down. The 37 cents goes to my time to strike through the numbers. Anyone feel they can justify quoting or billing in pennies.. I don't get it.
Ya, that really helps with the bookkeeping.....

Stop being a baby and write 2 numbers to lazy? stop being cheap and round up haha

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My girlfriend (now wife) and I bought our first house with change.
Kept saving our change from bar tending tips. After a very short time, we had enough for a down payment.
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I buy a coffee at the gas station every day and maybe a snack. I use cash for that stuff and put my change in a jar close to what Robie posted. It is pretty accurate. Usually has $100 once or twice a year. I split it between my 3 kids' savings accounts. I get it sorted for free at my bank. I bring the kids so they can see what the total is..plus they still give out suckers at my bank.

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I get it sorted for free at my bank. I bring the kids so they can see what the total is..plus they still give out suckers at my bank.

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All of my banks used to have the free machines but they took them away...the grocery store was the same, now around here it is getting more difficult to cash in a bucket of change.

I am still old-school and use cash for a lot of purchases as opposed to debit/credit cards so I always have some change in my pockets to use when I pay so rarely do I have a large accumulation of change




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If the total on something I'm paying cash for has .01, I want the 99 back. I put the change in a 5 gallon bucket. Every 18 months theres a couple of grand in it.

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My Cupholder in the truck usually has about $50 worth of change before I decide to empty it.
My friends car was broken into, and he couldn't figure out what they took...until he realized he had left about $.50 in the cup holder. $500 later he had a new window. I have lost track of how many windows I have sold/replaced due to vehicle break ins. Point being, make sure it is out of sight.
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A friend of mine in NJ had to keep a sign on her car window saying "radio stolen". Otherwise, it would just keep getting broken into before they noticed the radio was already gone.
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I'm surprised that no one has brought up that it costs more than a penny to make a penny.
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Some pennies are worth keeping.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-36257107
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I'm surprised that no one has brought up that it costs more than a penny to make a penny.
Hey...quiet down.

It's the way the government does things in the U.S.

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