Post # 1
Ok Bees, I need your help. My FI and I just bought our first home together (we have been dating for over 4 years but have not lived together previously). My FI is insisting that we keep his enormous plastic Coca-Cola bottle piggy bank in our entryway (where all guests have to come in through). I nearly had a heart attack at the thought of having that on display in our beautiful new home. Because he is man and a bit clueless about home decor he of course asked “What’s wrong with it? Then we can put all our spare change in it. If it’s put away somewhere we might forget.” I tried to explain that it simply was not my taste and I felt it looked like it was more intended for a child’s bedroom…. to which he replied “so?” (ughh…). Anyway upon discovering he has no personal attachment to the bottle itself and just to the idea of having a place to hold his change we agreed that I could replace the bottle with something else. Here is the problem….. He insists that it be just as large as the previous bottle.
Any suggestions were I could find a decorative container that wouldn’t be susceptible to breaking if coins were repeatedly tossed in it. For a size reference, I provided a picture of a similar bottle to the one my FI has online (I suppose I should be relieved his parents didn’t decide to be him the Hershey’s syrup bottle bank instead…)
Post # 3
Honestly we have a “change basket” over our highest kitchen counter and I think that’s where it works best. I toss the change in it like I’m at a toll. I really can’t think of a nice way to display change though. It’s not as if he will forget where to put it if its not in sight. I think it’s time to teach your FI how house decor works. I’ve been fortunate enough that my FI doesn’t really have an opinion on it.
Post # 4
DH came into our relationship with a similarly terrible change container. We put it just inside our coat closet.
Post # 5
I saw this idea on Pinterest. Maybe you could do something along these lines in the laundry room? You could obviously make it look cuter and more girly 😉 It’s all about compromise!
Post # 6
We have a glass and stainless steel thing on our counter, kind of like this:
It’s where the keys, phones, watchs, etc. go at the end of the day and he throws all of his change into there. Once it’s full we have a bigger change thing in the basement that he empties it into. He never ever takes it to the bank though, I bet we have close to $1,000 in change in our house!
Post # 7
What about a decorative vase (colored glass, wood, or ceramic) placed on a table? You can probably find one at World Market or Pier 1. Here’s a neat bamboo one.
Or, even though it would clearly display the change, an apothecary jar would be neat.
Post # 8
I’ve seen this on a home decor show. The home they visited had a huge vase that sat on the floor. It was opaque, which is probably a good idea because you don’t want visible money right by the door for security reasons.
Also, do you guys use the front door? With an attached garage, the front door was always for guests. The door to the garage was the door we always used, so it might make more sense to place it there, and the plastic coke bottle wouldn’t look to bad right in the garage.
Post # 9
Something smaller could also work, and once it’s full, dump it into the big coke bottle hidden away elsewhere.
Post # 10
It’s a good way to save…I’m with your FI, I would keep it.
Post # 11
- Wedding: October 2014 - UK
We just use an old coffee jar, which we keep in the bedroom, and when it’s full count up the change and take it to the bank in change bags to go in the savings. It’s only £10 at a time, but gets it out of the way!
Post # 12
A pretty clay flower pot/ flower vase in the entry way. You could even stick a few fake twigs in flowers in it as well 😛
You should save the bottle in your attic or somethign. If you have a kid, you can pull it out again (in the kid’s room of course!) – i bet your husband would love that and would think it was really sweet.
Post # 13
i used to use one of the restaurant sized pimento/pickle jars that I got from a restaurant I used to work at,. Currently we have an oversized beer bottle that we use – I don’t mind (but my house isn’t that pretty)
You could get any large container, just remember it will get very heavy so if your hand doesn’t fit in it you’ll have to be able to lift it, you’ll want it to be solid is it’s glass so it doesn’t break under the weight!
Post # 14
How about signing up for reward credit or debit cards and stop using cash so you don’t have this problem? We don’t use cash and get at least 1 free airline round trip a year off of our credit card.
Post # 15
@Sweetheartchic: Why not spend it? Then it isn’t an issue. lol
Post # 16
@Sweetheartchic: I’m with you. That container is in no way appropriate for the home decor of two adults. Neither would any other transparent container work for me. The thought of using a container of money in a public space in my home is abhorent to me.
I think you can keep the container he has, but put it in the bedroom closet so he can empty change into it when he changes clothes after work, and it is completely unseen by any guests to your home.
If he insists it be by the front door, you could use any non transparent umbrella holder that works with your decor.