(Closed) A little “change” could make a big difference.

posted 9 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I keep a coffee tin next to our dresser.  Each night, I scoop up the change my FH has pulled from his pocket that day and add it to the tin!  I used to cash it in once every six months or so and always had between $50-$60.  I haven’t cashed it in since last summer, so I am hoping there is enough in there for my dress alterations!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We got a cookie jar from Target in the shape of a monkey, and call it The Monkey Jar.  We put our loose change in there, but also dollar bills.  It’s where "extra" money goes.  We saved enough to take with us on a cruise last year, to use towards fun excursions that we normally wouldn’t have done.  We’re doing it again for the honeymoon. 

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

At New Year’s this year, we decided that we would have a special jar for just "found change".  We no longer pass pennies or other change that we see on the ground.  We pick it up and save it, and at the end of 2009 we’re going to donate it to an as yet undetermined charity.

You’d be surprised how much money you find laying around the community in the form of change!  Our jar is getting full.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee

We have a change jar, too!  Every few months I bring it to the grocery store and put it through coinstair.  You end up with a credit that you can use towards your groceries.  Woohoo!

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

My fiance and I have a contest to see who can save the most change every 6 months. We each typically get $50-$60! So far we’ve been putting it into our savings accounts for our bachelor/bachelorette parties in Vegas.  It’s pretty awesome how quickly that change adds up!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

When my sister was planning her wedding a few years ago, I was a waitress at a local restaurant.  I didn’t make a lot of money but as the maid of honor, I wanted to contribute to her as much as possible since they were on a pretty tight budget too.  I vowed for a full year not to cash in any of the loose change in my apron and save it for her. Over the course of a year I think I was able to give her more than $600!!  Now that I am planning a wedding, she is doing the same for me!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I’m doing something similar, but out of tradition. In the area I am from, the bride-to-be gets a piggy bank when she gets engaged and places it in her parents’ home. Anyone who comes to visit drops a few coins in. When she goes to buy her dress, she takes the piggy bank and uses the money towards her dress.

My mother just went to visit my grandparents and brought me back a little piggy. It’s quite small, so I’m emptying it into baggies constantly, but I’m going to get another one soon I can take with me and smash! I hope the bridal shop is going to play along… 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

We also have a change jar, er change see-through shoe box =)… Anytime there is extra change around we throw it in there. The first time we emptied the box we thought we maybe had $20 – $30 in it… Nope, there was $83. It was a cool moment for us. We were cheesin’ like little kids at an Olan Mills session .

 Speaking of, I think it is time to see what’s in that little bugger!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’ve had a chanegf jar for a while, but I rarley contribute to it because I keep my change in my purse with me.  My fiance leaves change everywhere, so I’m sure we’ll have a designated jar once we’re married.

with him in grad school and me so far jobless, we’ll probably be using those pennies for an occasional date night! 

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2001

I also am doing something like this, but everytime I pay for something in cash, I never use exact change, or any change for that matter. I am also a waitress so I never cash in my change at the end of the night. It adds up very quickly. I save about $40-50 a month in change. Thats money you don’t even notice!

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

I just went to CoinStar yesterday and I had $95. Yay! Last time I went I had $200!

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

we are HUGE on money boxes for our coins.  last money box we opened contained over $2000 and it have been doing this for years – its paid for so many splurge items and even once paid for a weeks vacation somewhere sunny for christmas

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We took ours to coinstar Sunday. $57; I rounded up and put $100 in savings…

Post # 16
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465 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’ve been saving my change in a huge old fashioned cookie jar for about six years now. I always told myself I’d spend it at some special occasion. Turns out I was saving for my honeymoon without even knowing it! 😉 FH and I now add to it every chance we get and we’re at about $200. We’ve got a year until the wedding, so hopefully it will be enough to do something fun or have a nice expensive dinner that we would not otherwise have been able to afford!

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