Let's talk about my coins...

Updated June 26th, 2020


I saw an Instagram meme this week where Kermit the Frog was sitting on a bed and had a few coins in front of him with a look of shock on his face. The caption that went with this picture was “Travel as much as you can” which got me thinking…



How many times I have thrown change in the bottom of my purse or dresser to not touch for weeks or even months? How much money have I literally thrown away? This list of questions could go on and on...


This was me years ago where I never thought twice about using change and would usually end up giving it to people at work for vending machines or someone’s daughter/son was having a candy fundraiser. At one point, I remember handing a co-worker a handful of change simply because it was weighing my purse down and I was “over it”.


But then after seeing that meme, the lightbulb went off in my head that I was literally throwing money away. That was the day it dawned on me that I should be saving all my change! The more I thought about it, the more I started to realize that this money could be saved and used for one of my trips to cover some of the travel expenses that come with traveling.

BUTTT let me be clear and say please know this will not be an overnight $500 savings method and this one does require time. I mean lots of time depending on how much you use cash nowadays. However, the reward is so worth it in the end!


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Since that day I decided to change my ways, I wanted to create some method to help me save my change, but something that didn’t require hours of my time. The thought of spending hours collecting, separating and rolling coins is draining by itself. I wanted to be able to throw my coins into some container and then easily roll the coins to take into the bank for cash. I wanted something easy and simple because I knew I was working on changing my habits and needed something that worked for me.

This is when I started using the front zipper pocket of my purse to save the change I received. (I currently have a cross-body bag from Thirty-One which has 3 total pockets. One middle pocket that is made for carrying larger items like my wallet and then a pocket in the front and back which are made for quickly dropping items into the purse like Chapstick or change!) I could easily zip it open throw the change in and continue about my business without my change spilling everywhere causing an embarrassing scene at the store. Now, for some people, this will not work because of the purse you have, or you simply don't like this method. Perfectly, okay...just find something that does work for you like a coin purse.

After a few weeks of collecting my change in the front pocket of my purse, my purse started to weigh me down, so I knew it was time to put my change somewhere without dropping each coin one by one in a jar. Something convenient that didn't take hours of my day...


This is when I invested in a mason jar that someone turned into a piggy bank and wrapped a world travel sticker on it. Nice motivation, right! The nice thing about mason jars is that I can screw the lid off and dump all my change from my purse into this jar then screw the lid back on and go about my way. Takes less than two minutes! And since the jar is see-through, I see the coins add up quickly after each dropping. (Curious about the cash in this jar, keep reading to learn why it's in there with my coins.)



After using the jar for a while, it was time to start getting ready for our family trip with my dad’s side of the family. (If you asked me how much time had passed since I started this method, I couldn't tell you. This one of those things I didn't write down because I didn't know one day, I would be writing about it. Silly me!) I started to divide my coins up into separate bowls to save time when it came to rolling the coins.


The next day after work, I stopped by Dollar General and picked up the pre-rolls to start rolling my coins. The key thing here is to purchase the rolls that have an end already sealed, so all you do is place the coins in the container and close the one open end. This saves from the change coming out the other end and having it spill everywhere. This whole process took about 20 minutes.


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DRUMROLL...


After rolling all my collected change, I had a total of $132!


Y'all $132 can come in handy for any vacation!!! This can be used for an array of things like money for a rental car, snacks for the trip, groceries while on vacation, special date night, or for an extra family activity you didn’t have planned. This list could go on and on!


During our family trip to Holden Beach, North Carolina, I planned a special day just for me, Matt and Leylah. I decided to use the money for a day trip to Southport, NC where I had visited as a little girl. I remember going to Southport with my grandmother and Aunt and walking along the waterside and stuffing my face with hotdogs and ice cream! I wanted my daughter to experience that small-town feeling with eating local hotdogs from the Trolly Shop while swinging near the water and watching the boats go by. Or take a small walk down the road to the local ice cream shop that is one of those places that is half inside and half outside. And no small town wouldn't be complete without a Christmas store that is opened almost year-round. Literally, the house is decked out in Christmas decor and every corner has a different them. Must visit The Christmas House if you ever visit this small town! (South Port is also known for the city where some famous movies were filmed like I Know What You Did Last Summer, A Walk to Remember and my all-time favorite movie, Safe Haven!)


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A day like this only costs $20 to $30 dollars and creates memories that will last forever. For us, we had money left over to be able to buy an ornament from the Christmas store and pick up a few souvenirs to remember this day. Now, we had extra money just to have during this trip which can always come in handy when needing gas and food for the week.

Since writing this blog last year, I have added another way to save using my coin jar and something I am still testing out. Still, though it would be fun to share especially since you can see some of it in my photo above. I was reading a Pinterest article one night and someone posted about how they save by saving all their $5 dollar bills for a year. It seems easy enough, so I decided to try this method out. So, every time I have a $5.00 dollar bill, I keep it in my wallet until I get home and then put into my change jar. As of right now, I don’t have a plan on using this money or my change but do have a few trips lined up. So, stay tuned!

And there you have it folks, the reasons why I love saving my change now! Many believe coins never have much worth, but I am personally saying that saving every coin can make memories that truly last a lifetime. My last and final question is…what memory do you want to make next that will last a lifetime?


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Hello Everyone, my name is Sara Elizabeth and a full-time working mom and a full-time student!

Over the years I have fallen in love with  traveling and exploring the great states of the United States! This passion grew from understanding how to find good deals on airline flights which have been the reason for many of my travel adventures. This journey has led me to find "that travel deal" for domestic and international flights. These are those kinds of deals that have people asking "How did you find them so low?" ...Well, to those asking that question, follow along this adventure of mine to learn my methods for finding that perfect travel deal. 

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