questionsdo you save your pocket change?

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Parking meters convenience stores and drives-thrus get my change.

I would want them to kill the penny, if only all prices wouldn't go up. What use is a penny?

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It adds up. It's nice cashing it in and getting a little bonus.

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Yup! Coffee can on top of the fridge. It's a large one, probably about half full now. I took it into the bank 2 years ago or so and had around $250. I take change out every now and then when I need it.

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My wife got me a piggy bank because I always have change from coffee. It has one of those digital readers to tell you how much is in it. Still not sure what I will use the money for.

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Yep, husband and I have a large plastic container that we throw our change in. We don't roll it, though. The bank has a machine that does all the hard work. It's usually around $200 when we cash in.

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I used to throw my change into a jar, but since I began taking the bus to work, all my change goes to them.

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I stopped using cash so my "change" never leaves my bank account.

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I used to but I don't want to pay Coinstar the $$$ to change it in and I don't think my credit union will change it (I'd feel awkward asking). I have a great big bucket full of change and what I do is go to the self checkout lane at the grocery store and throw in a handful every time I check out. Sure it takes longer to sort it but I take about $5 off my grocery bill every time.

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My wife and I give our 2 year old our change and she gets to put it in her piggy bank.
Every so often we take it to a bank and put it in an account for her education fund,
shes at a few hundred dollars just in change. But we also put X amount from each pay check as well.

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Respect the power of change. My Dad used to take walks and scan the ground for change. What he found, he brought home and put in a can or piggy bank or something, I'm not sure. The punchline to the joke is at the end of each year he'd cash in the change and take my Mom out for a nice dinner. And by nice dinner I don't mean buffet night at the Sizzler, we're talking dude playing a piano, ice sculptures, white-gloved waiters, etc.

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I don't carry cash anymore, and so I especially don't want change. Whenever I carry cash for something, I put all the unused change into a container. Well, except reserving a single quarter for Aldi shopping carts. It takes two or three years to fill up.

Then it's a trip to Coinstar for a no-fee conversion to an Amazon gift card.

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Yes! I keep a small amount in my car in case I need it (tolls, drive through window, etc...) but otherwise, I keep it. I throw it into a basket, when the basket is full, I put it in a bag and put it away. A friend of mine takes all his changes and puts it into a money market account set up specifically for spare change. I haven't gone that far, but figure one day I can cash in on bags full of change.

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I'm glad that I am not the only one that does this. I will never spend any change, rather I will take it home and let it store up until I fill up both my piggy banks and then I will cash it in. The habit really started when I was intentionally trying to get change when I was collecting the state quarters and it took off from there. Plus I am a bit of a collector so it is nice to get some change to go through. I do have a couple of change stories, the best one being getting a 1916 penny from 7-11 during a purchase.

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I don't use cash often. When I do, the change ends up in my car. If I think about it, I'll use it the next time I have cash, but usually I'll end-up giving it to some fundraiser that begs for change at stop lights. "Have a hand full o' pennies! Enjoy yo'self!"

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Yep. In the long neck beer bong cup from Vegas. One year we did Christmas shopping with it. Though now that I'm not working, it takes much longer to fill up.

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I have about 20 or so pigs. When I emptied them 2 years ago, there was over $200. Considering I don't use cash, I was surprised. But that was 5 years in the making.

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The only change I keep are interesting foreign coins, silver coins, really old pennies, or collectible quarters/dollars that I don't already have a few of. Everything else is spent as I get it. FWIW, if I come across a silver certificate I'll keep that too. Since I run a cash register, I come across interesting stuff every so often. When I was in college, I would save any coins that were minted in the then-current year. Awhile back I counted the change and silver certificates I had, and the total came to more than $100 face value.

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Been saving pennies for years...just pennies. The wife and I are gonna take an Alaskan cruise when we retire paid for with pennies. Last estimate, by weight, put us at over $1000 already.

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Working on a small piggy bank right now. It's been 3 years and it hasn't gotten too far. I take coins occasionally for road trips with tolls (occasionally I go to Chicago, might be going this weekend). I also temporarily empty it into a couple of socks that I then roll into more socks to make some soft "weighted balls" for drying comforters and pillows.

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When my brother died in 2002, we went to his house to clear things out. Little did we know that he hated carrying coins in his pockets. There were coins EVERYWHERE! There were jars, jugs, plastic containers, boxes, etc. They were on every flat surface including just tossed on the floor.

We gathered it all up and I took it to a CoinStar machine. Had to use a grocery basket to get it all in. It came to over $1000 in coins.

And then his work place gave us his stash from there. Not nearly as much though.

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Another story: Many years ago, a co-worker and his family had a huge jar they dumped their pennies into. The parents house caught fire and was destroyed. The fire was hot enough that it bonded the pennies together and the glass jar broke. They were going to make it into a lamp.

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Always carry cash. Way to often either the debit machine at a fast food place doesn't work or it takes longer.

And the change gets rolled up and deposited at our credit union. I carry about $1.50 in change (quarters) for either vending machines that don't like the dollars or parking meters.

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Quarters go into a ceramic hippo for use at the laundromat. All other coins go into a ceramic cow, which I exchange at Coinstar once I have enough of them. I usually get a gift card so I don't have to pay the Coinstar fee. I try to use the gift card on something I need rather than look at change as "free money."

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I have 2 containers, a "counting bank" that keeps track of how much money is in it and a glass maple syrup jug. The counting bank gets my silver money and the jug gets my pennies.

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Yes, we use a 5 gallon water jug to store our change and dump it once a year for use on vacation.

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I save my change and use it to pay to use the bathrooms here in Europe. I've started using a man purse just for this particular brand of nonsense. Either that or my pants get dragged down from all the coinage. There's way more Euro coins than what we have in the States. In America I take all my change to Coinstar and get gift cards.

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I started collecting coins years ago. My dad told our family that if we saved enough money to pay for half a trip to Hawaii, he would pay the other half. So we all saved our $1 bills and change for 5 years, and put them into a 5 gallon water jug. Then we finally had enough to go!
I have been saving my coins ever since. I no longer use a 5 gallon water jug, but a half gallon milk jug. I like to roll the coins once a year and deposit them into the bank.

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I toss my change into a 5 gallon water jug. Someday I'll cash it in for a nice vacation.

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If I obtain change while out running around, I put it in the toll-bin in my dash and use it for parking meters and drive-thru sodas. If it makes it into the house with me I have four piggy banks (pennies, nickels, dimes and other) and i sort it into them. That way I don;t have to sort it later when I want to convert it to cash. But most of the banks around here won't take coins even in rolls anymore, so now I have hundreds of dollars in coins with very little way of making real use of them other than to make some kind of statement by using them to pay the bill of someone I am angry with.

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I keep my spare change and periodically take it to Coinstar. I redeem it for credit on Amazon, because that way I avoid the Coinstar usage fee. You don't pay the Coinstar usage fee if you redeem your change for a gift certificate.

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Long ago, I saved pennies in one jar and everything else in a one quart bowl. When the everything else bowl filled up, it was a car payment and a dinner out. It was like found money when I was just moved into my own place and working minimun wage.

Now I save in piles and roll every now and then. Northwest bank has a coin machine in the lobby with no fees. I have done the coinstar thing for a gift card when they run those specials for a bit extra.

I save the oddball stuff. I do not see many of the new quarters but I grab them when I see them.

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When I was in my twenties living alone as a bachelor slob, everything was on the floor, change, clothes pizza boxes etc. When my family finally came to visit I had to clean up and I was able to pick up everything but the loose change which I would just kick out of the way when vacuuming. I made a deal with my nieces and nephew that if they picked it up and counted it they could keep however much there was in pennies. There was so much that my sister had them briefly convinced that I was the tooth fairy. It was about 20 for them and 300 for me. My sister then made me go to Garden Ridge and buy a small treasure chest to drop my change in as I come in the house.

I used to take all the quarters out and bring them to the casino to have them count and turn into bills, but now that slot machines don't take coins I use coinstar for Amazon gift cards.

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Like many of you, I don't use cash very often. I do get my 52 oz insulated soda cup refilled (with diet, otherwise I'd be a blimp by now) and use cash for that: it comes to $1.05 with tax, so I use a nickle each day for that.

Otherwise, I do save it, (right now in a chipped coffee cup) but it doesn't build up very fast any more. When I move, or it gets full I take it to Coinstar:

PROTIP: As noted above, choose the Amazon (or other) gift card option when you turn in your change. This way you avoid the 3% (or whatever) redemption fee.