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.