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    What collects your loose change?

    Your hollow prosthetic leg? Backyard wishing well? Grandma's urn?

    My change is piling up. I save up over the year and then spend it on food for a bike trip. Usually amounts to ~$150.

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    The ashtray in my car, and a wooden bowl I keep on top of the dryer.
    I wait until they overflow and then transfer the contents to a 6 gallon carboy (cracked). Full the carboy will hold about $2,500.00

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    We don't intentional collect change ... it just sort of happens. Ours is collecting in the couch, kitchen drawer, dresser, closet floor, car ashtray, etc. I'd be rich if I weren't too lazy to go find it all.

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    My debit card creates no loose change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skijor View Post
    Your hollow prosthetic leg? Backyard wishing well? Grandma's urn?

    My change is piling up. I save up over the year and then spend it on food for a bike trip. Usually amounts to ~$150.
    In the UK (where I spend most of my time) I have a coin sorter that, well, sorts coins. Then I put them in bags and put the bags in a box. When the box is full I take the bags to the bank (for US readers - instead of putting coins into rolls we put them into bags so where you'd have a $10 roll of quarters we'd have a £10 bag of 20p coins) and turn them into proper money.

    In the US I keep what I call my bucket of money. It's an old milking pail that I throw change in. When it gets heavy (which takes a while) I take it to the bank and they use their super-fast sorting machine that also adds up the total, and give me paper money for it.
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    A plain 10 oz plastic cup in a cabinet where I keep my wallet and keys catches excess change when the weight/mass in my pocket says its time to empty. The cup gets emptied into an old bank coin bag. Eventually, the secret "mad money" gets spent on a toy of some kind; you know, something expensive.

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    Self checkouts at supermarkets, will take any small change and doesn't charge like Coinstar machines do, and a small tub by my PC for US, Canadian & Euro coins I seem to aquire

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    We have saving jars for pennies and silver... pennies go into the "PDX or Bust" jar and my daughter labelled the silver jar "Golden Retriever or Bust".

    Before it makes its way there it usually ends up on my dresser and this reminds me I need to sort out a mountain of coins.

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    An old rubber band box at work. At home, it's a St. Bernardus Watau beer tin.

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    I used to save it in a jar. After I emptied it to buy a Kindle, I quit saving coins, and pay with exact change whenever I can.
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    Bank shaped like a monkey's head.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikebuddha View Post
    Bank shaped like a monkey's head.
    The head of my bank is a monkey.

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    I saw someone take a handful of pennies one time and toss them into the recycling bin.

    I keep the change down to what I need. It doesn't pile up.
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    Closet shelves, shoe boxes, drawers, car ash trays, German Beer steins, mugs. When its about $500 i wrap them up, go to the bank and order $500 in half dollars, then go through the halves and take out the silver ones, then spend the rest and get more change.

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    In an old coffee tin. We use the quarters to get water and save the rest for whatever.
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    For graduation, my high school gave out beer mugs imprinted with the entire classes' names. That's my change receptacle, but I wonder still at their thinking this was a good idea.
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    The mentality sure has changed. WI drinking age changed with me. From 18 to 19, I was already 19 by a few months. The same thing when it went from 19 to 21. Looking back at my maturity at 18 versus 18 year olds today...yeah, it's probably a good thing that it's 21 now.

    After I bought my first house nearly twenty years ago, I was still going to the laundromat. Never bothered to buy a W&D. One of my sisters, a smart-ass, teased me about that saying I was doing that to meet the future Mrs.
    She wrapped a big coffee can in construction paper and labeled it "My Washer/Dryer Fund"....and put a Barbie-sized washer/dryer on top. It worked. I didn't cash it in till it was full...~$600. Bought a used W/D that I used for the last dozen years. Left them in SC.

    I need a new something for my change...something fitting.

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    I use it to pay for things at the till if there isn't anybody behind me. It doesn't take long for change to add up here what with One(loonie) and Two(toonie) dollar coins in usage in Canada. Yes, I know that according to some folks that makes us a loonie-toonie country. Today I paid a $23 bill with all the coins in my pocket and had a loonie and change left over for tomorrow.

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    My daughter gave me a huge clear plastic replica of a coke bottle that's a bank. It's about 3 feet tall. The chances of me filling it with the number of years I have left are slim. There's probably $30 in it now and it's basically empty.
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    At home a metal owl bank that I found at a thrift store. In my car there's a compartment on the dash and at work an almond can.

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    In a genuine 'piggy bank'. A ceramic pig shaped container. The rule is; when it is too full to fit a coin, then the kids get to count it up and split it for any purchase they wish.
    It takes about 9-12 months to fill.
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    When I get home, I empty out my pockets on a corner of the desk. Wallet, keys and change. When I go out, I put these back in my pockets. At the store, when I pay cash, I try to pay any portions of the dollar in change. The only exceptions are when I know I don't have the change to pay it or when I am holding back enough for bus fare.

    Getting 90 cents on the dollar from machines like Coinstar is just stupid when you get 100 cents on the dollar just by exerting the mental awareness of how much money you have and using your coins as you make your purchases.
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    If you keep loose change in an ash tray and there isn't a lighter where it's supposed to be, a coin can get jammed in there and short your electrical system. I speak from experience.
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