My dad once gave me an old wine jug with a bunch of pennies.
I kept it and kept it for years. I never really added to it, and I used to think it looked rather kitschy in my college dorm room. But one day, a couple years ago, I decided I’d rather have cash than a humongous paperweight. So I cashed in those suckers at the coin machine at my local QFC. I think I ended up with about $40. I decided from there on out the jug would better serve its purpose as a loose change collector.
So I moved it into the pantry where it was easily accessible. Whenever my husband I and receive change, in it goes. I periodically clean change that ends up on tables, the sofa area, and inside drawers. Plunk, plunk, plunk.
Well, as some of you know, I’m headed to New York City in August to attend BlogHer 2010. It will be my first time in the Big Apple and also my first blogging convention. I’m working hard to pay upfront for this trip in full, so I decided it was time to empty about a year’s worth of change from my wine jug.
Guess how much was in there? $87! I was pretty amazed. While $87 might not sound like an extraordinary amount of money, it sure seems like a nice little sum to have accumulated in the back of my pantry with virtually no effort!
Do you have a change jar? How about any other great little tips or tricks for saving money?Photo credit Julie Freeman-Woolpert