This started when Val and her husband both began saving their change and then challenged themselves to see who could save the most. Val blogged about their competition and encouraged by the response from her readers, opened it up for everyone to join the challenge too. For quilters, the idea is to use the money saved to buy quilty wish list items although you are not limited to that.
I was intrigued because my DH and I have kept a jar for years with the idea of saving up our change to put toward vacations:
As I reported last year, we've never filled the jar since we have often raided it for change for school lunch money, train or bus fare or parking meters. However, I was pleasantly surprised when the emptied jar yielded a little more than $37 dollars mostly in dimes, nickels and pennies! So I decided to try again and see how much could be saved this year.
My husband was usually was the one bringing in all the change. He's a UPS driver and his elderly customers often gave their tips in change. I mostly shop by debit card and when I do spend cash, I am usually that lady digging in her wallet for exact change to pay the cashier. So for me, saving change has been about putting the proceeds from our recycling bottle returns into the jar.
When I went to empty the jar today, I must admit there wasn't much in it! It was mostly pennies and not so many that I couldn't just count them myself rather than taking them to the Coinstar machine like I did last year.
I'm not surprised because I haven't noticed DH leaving change on his night stand as much this year and with our oldest son in college and commuting, we'd often hear him raiding the jar in the morning for change because he forgot to fill his Metrocard (electronic fare card) the night before. However, not to fear because unlike last year we have a backup source:
When I started saving the bottle return money, I found that I often received bills in addition to change. I didn't want to put them in the jar since it would mean breaking it to get them back out so I put this little jewelry pouch into service for them. Empting that today: