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So, before my dh and I had Hannah, we saved all of our change and $1.00 bills and put them in a glass jar. I am shocked that we had enough discipline never to use it. Well, since having our daughter, we very rarely have any extra change or $1.00 bills. We usually use our debit cards and hardly ever carry cash. We kinda put it in the back of the closet and forgot about...until we found it the other day while cleaning. We rolled all the change and took the $1.00 bills to the bank and cashed them into larger bills (just for the fun of it). We now have:
6- $100.00 bills
2- $20.00 bills
1- 10.00 bill
and some left over change
When I was a waitress and a single mom (when my oldest was little, I was pg. with my second, and until I got married to my current husband)... I always put my change into a jar. By the end of the month, it was enough to pay my electric and water and usually have some left... I love change.
I've never been able to save up much change. Before we had Alisha, I was big into using up any and all change we had in the house. I was the lady in the checkout line with the little change purse. The people at Amscot (a place where I get my money orders) hated me because I would use all my pennies on them. Because I hate them too.
Now that we have Alisha, we save our change ,except the laundry quarters, for her bank account. We put it in her piggy bank that DH's sister got her and then I take it out and roll it and deposit it about once a month or so. She's up to about $75 in the bank so far.
LOL, Teri... I used to go to the post office to get my money orders... they LOVED me. They knew that they were set for change and small bills for a few days when I walked in the door. At that time, I was getting a 300.00 m.o. for my rent (with 5's and 1's), an 89.00 m.o. for my insurance, a m.o. for my water bill (varied; usually about 20 bucks), and a m.o. with whatever I had to save for myself (yes; I made money orders out to myself as a "savings." ).
They loved me, I say... It was a pain to count it all out, but they always thanked me for the small bills and change.
WOW! Saving the spare $1 would really add up fast! We save our change too-we usually end up with about $20/onth in change, just from using cash. We usually cash in it for vacation. It's nice to have a little extra!
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Ben and I both save change religiously. I get really excited about having change to throw in the jar. I actually have a couple different ones for different things, and I just throw it in which ever I'm closest to when I empty my pockets. I often refer to it as my 'poor people savings account'.
Definition (Webster's 2006) of "MandiK":
A 20something, graduate student, college prof, tree hugging, time managing, coupon addicted, cosmetic selling, dirt worshipping, girl who is in love with Ben and welcomed Sofie Grace on 1/31/11.