Amaze your friends, impress your family, confound sales clerks and infuriate wait staff with your very own $2 bill tear-off pad. As you peel bills off the stack, they will have a hard time believing your carefully bound bundle of bills are the real deal. This is not only a classy way to carry around your money, but sure to start conversations wherever you go.

When Babak of TOOOL first told me how to make a $2 bill pad, I just knew that I had to make my own. The idea has stayed in the back of my mind for a long while and when I got some extra cash for the holidays, I knew it was finally the right time. I am sure glad that I did and I highly recommend that you make one for yourself and your loved ones.

Step 1: Go get stuff

To make this, you will need:

- $100 dollars worth of brand new crisp $2 bills. It is easier than you may think to acquire these. Go to the largest bank in your area and simply ask the teller to exchange $100 for 50 crisp new $2 bills. If they don't have them on hand, then they should be able to order them for you. I went to the largest Wells Fargo branch in San Francisco for my $2 bills and the teller didn't even seem to flinch when I made this request.

- Rubber cement

- (x3) 0.08" x 2.61" x 6.19" chipboards

- 2 to 3 quick release clamps
Awesome. I made one this weekend. Love it.
Very cool! Post a picture please :-)
Alright, made another one last night. I decided to bind it on the short edge rather than the long edge. It works just dandy that way too.<br><br>I did make one mod to this instructable, which is to add a paper decoration to the back, and to use that paper decoration as an extra binding on the edge. This should give some extra strength to the whole thing, but as the bills are used, the excess glue won't rub off. That a definite drawback to using a paper binding -- the original may be better in that regard. I'll see how it goes as I use up my $2 bills. I cut the paper to the height of the bill, but a little longer, then folded the excess across the binding, then trimmed with a sharp knife.<br><br>
Shoot, I already sent it off to my dad, who pointed me to this instructable in the first place. But I got enough $2 bills to make another. Will start it tonight :-)<br>
on my friends enjoyed it but they didn't understand it I loved it. apparently they want me to leave a picture of it but it's all gone you're probably not going to read this sorry but it was great
even cooler if you can get them in sequential order
This IS a great idea! if I have time I'm going to make some. I already have $200 worth in sequential order.<br>I love spending $2 bills and $1 coins. (Susan B or Sacagawea dollars)<br>I totally baffled a kid at Burger King one day. Gave him a $2 bill &amp; a $1 coin. He called to manager to find out what to do with the $2 bill. After he figured it out, he called the manager back to find out what to do with the $1 coin! I wasn't sure if it was sad of funny.. LOL
It's funny...and sad. They don't even know how to count back change any more. If they don't have a computer screen telling them the amount to hand back in a wad, they're lost. :-/ <br><br>
<br> You have never worked retail. It is such a boring, soul crushing experience, that if you don't shut your brain off and zone out you will probably shoot up the place.<br> <br> IT is so much better, my nice safe cave....<br>
I've worked retail, and yes, it was boring. So to keep myself interested and entertained, I taught myself to count back change quickly without the aid of the register, and to keypunch using the keypad. Instead of becoming a brain-dead zombie, I became quicker and more efficient, developing skills I still use today, including when I teach students to count back change.
<p>I completely agree, SusanRM. When I was in high school (in the late 90's), I was a delivery driver for a local sandwich shop. I carried a small money pouch with me and learned to be very proficient at counting change. It took me about a month before I stopped even carrying a pocket calculator. After that, I worked at the big blue home improvement store (paying my way through engineering school), and I could instantaneously calculate the change due. I would say the number out loud before typing it into the computer, which usually got a pretty funny response from the customer. It's still a skill I carry to this day. When I was in college, and even now, it really bothered me when my colleagues would use a calculator for simple math, ESPECIALLY addition and subtraction (which is basically what we're talking about here). Take 10 seconds and use your brain!!!!</p><p>Something else that I really enjoy doing that totally embarrasses my girlfriend is I add up the grocery bill and mumble the total just as the cashier hits the total button. We don't have sales tax in Oregon, which makes it a lot simpler than it sounds. </p><p>Next time you're checking out and paying cash, hand them a random amount of change in addition to the bills. That really trips folks up.</p><p>-Shawn</p>
<p>no sales tax in Oregon? I may of just found my new home. </p>
<p>Before yo pack up and move to Oregon because of the lack of sales tax , askk yourself how do they generate the revenue they need? :)</p>
<p>My question would be is do store owners want the cashiers to count back change? Those that do would tech the clerks and we would see more change being counted back. In the past counting back change served a purpose before electronic cash registers. Now they don't bother to count out what they hand us. Knowing the skill serves the customer well, because the customer can quickly assess if the received the correct change</p>
Good for you,but I doubt the 16-year-olds that work at my local McDonalds are very keen on challenging themselves.
Yeah, that's how old I was when I started doing what I said above (at McDonald's, no less). :-) Best not to prejudge; you never know!
There was this... A LAZY SLOB at the bowling ally today (an employe mind you) <br>we had our service light on for 1 and 1/2 hours and he , and the other employes ignored it. Someone in my group went up 5 min after i put the light on because of the stuck ball nobody came, because nobodys' haves brains (It's a long story don't ask) In the bowling ally that would take time to get our ball.
<p>Stay in the cave! Much safer there!</p>
<p> I can hear the uproar if suddenly change was counted back to each customer; people are into much of hurry for that. Hell most customers would understand the concept if it where to happen to them mas was done in the past.. </p>
I'm fairly certain it's not fair to blame anyone about something they may never have been taught or may never have experienced a cashier counting back change. In today's hurry up world many will be irritated with a return to change being counted back. These days I notice the shelf above the cash drawer is almost always can't be used for what I was taught to do. I was taught to place the money on on that shelf, so if a customer tries to claim they gave you a larger bill than they did, you can show them what they gave you.
I'm teaching my daughter how to use a payphone, just in case.
<p>&quot;Just in case&quot;?Just in case there's a pay phone close by whenever she needs one. :) I can't recall the last time I seen payphone in service. Even on the Kansas High Plains there are only a few areas not served by cell phone system when roaming is enabled.</p>
while your at it, teach her how to drive a manual. its more likely she'll run into one of those than a payphone (though i actually have used one recently)
<p> Those coins and bill are used, so little most stores don't have the cash drawers arranged, to store them. Not very many deal with 50 cent coins either. Sorry it take a special sort of sad sack to laugh at peoples confusion when they are confronted with what is rarely used.</p>
<p>There are a couple restaurants in Ann Arbor, Michigan that give you change with $2 bills and $1 coins whenever possible. They think it is making a statement. Yeah, it is making a statement all right. </p>
That's... disappointing.
Your Burger King kid reminds me of the valet parkers who can't drive my manual tranmission car. It's so funny.
Well, that reminds me of the guy who saw me pull right up to his store as he washed the glass door, watched me get out of the driver's side, got my service dog out of the back seat, and when I entered his store he asked, &quot;You're not COMPLETELY blind, are you?&quot; <br> <br>Yeah, you idiot. My dog drives from the back seat and I just sit in front so we don't draw a lot of attention to ourselves. (For those who don't know, a service dog is for multiple kinds of disabilities, but is NOT a guide dog. I'm thinking of making a T-shirt that says, &quot;I don't look disabled? Well, you don't look stupid.&quot;
Dreamweaverabc, if you make that shirt, I would totally buy it. ...Even though I'm not disabled. I love your dog, by the way :)
Automatics are so scarce here I South Africa that many South Africans don't even know they exist! :p. <br>(we also don't have 'valet' parking. Unless you count the guy with the AK in your face!)
Now, that's FUNNY. Unfortunately true, but funny.
ok.... ARE YOU SERIOUS!!! A FREAKIN AK-47!!! <br>Ok um... sorry but has tht ever happened to you?.... (thinks ill never go to africa EVER!!!)
lol Hijackings are common in most areas! High levels of unemployment combined with not enough policing is a bad combination! :( <br>Fortunately, I don't have any personal experience with this but I have many relatives who have been victims! :(
it may be funny to you now but I bet it will stop being funny when you have to replace the transmission
I worked at a Burger King last year and had to ask what to do with odd currencies. (for me) it wasn't so much doubting their legality as it was &quot;what slot of the register do you want these in&quot;. For humanity's sake I hope his was a similar dilemma...
It is likely if you order a full banded stack of brand new bills that they will be sequential.<br>I might keep the bottom cardboard glued to the spine for extra notepad look-and-feel and to keep the bills crisp longer.
Sad. Definitely sad.
I loved the PO stamp machines for Susan B/ Sacagawea dollars. Put in a $20, buy one stamp, walk around like a pirate with your loot, plus the satisfaction of the slot-machine win sound without the horrible slot-machine induced debt.
<p>Someone may have already said this, but defacing money is a crime only if you are doing it to defraud someone. </p>
<p>Great Instructable.I did the same thing. 10 pads of 25 1 dollar bills using the short end. I stamped &quot;In GOD We Trust&quot; on each bill. When paying for something that's less than $5 I take out my pad and peel off what's needed. Almost every cashier asks &quot;where did you get them?&quot; and I reply &quot;I ordered them from my bank and they even come stamped&quot;. I love this prank.</p>
<p>Doesn't the bill already say that? Just wondering why you stamped them again.</p>
<p>Sorry I wasn't clearer. I have a RED rubber stamp that says &quot;IN GOD WE TRUST&quot;. I stamp most of my bills and it almost always raises the question &quot;where did you get those bills&quot; to which I answer &quot;from the bank&quot;.</p>
<p>Not only is that defacing the money - a crime - but if you were hip you'd be stamping E Pluribus Unum.</p><p>So, every time you deface a bill, it goes to the bank to be pulled from circulation and gets sent to the nearest Mint to be destroyed. You aren't circulating a message, you're costing everyone else time and money by ruining perfectly good banknotes. This is why defacing money is a crime. Petty crime, but still - the resources wasted cleaning up after you could be used on better things. Try thinking of the greater good. That why god gave you a brain. For thinking things through.</p>
<p>Yes and no. </p><p>It's not a crime, unless you can point out a specific statute? </p><p>Yes the money does get flagged by the bank for destruction. This is why there whole &quot;wheresgeorge.com&quot; thing doesn't work well. The bills are destroyed when they hit a bank.</p>
<p>Title 18 US Code section 333. Caries a 6 month jail sentence and a $10,000 fine. This is indeed a crime</p>
<p>Actually it's not a crime.</p><p>Every time someone posts an Instructable that has anything to do with money some know it all claims that it is illegal. </p><p>Clearly you have never read the law so please read the statute and find the part where it says &quot;with intent to render such item(s) unfit to be reissued,&quot;. Stamping something as harmless as 'In GOD we trust' on a bill is not in any way intent to render the bill unfit to be reissued. (It has nothing to do with the cost of taking bills out of circulation.)</p><p>The purpose of the law was to keep people from melting down coins in order to sell them as gold or silver or whatever. You can burn, spindle or mutilate money by the millions and it would not be illegal, unless you stand to make money as a result.</p><p>A melted coin is no longer a coin and cannot be used as cash, a bill with a little red ink stamp on it is still perfectly valid to be used anywhere.</p>
<p>Excellent explanation. There are many who want to erase GOD from everything, this is my way of responding. </p>
<p>Thank you O' Righteous One. FYI, stamping E Pluribus Unum is also defacing the bill. Duh! Secondly, most if not all people are low educated and would not know the meaning of EPU. Third, GOD is spelled with CAPS. Fourth, write a letter to Obama and tell him to not spend 3.7 Million for a vacation to just mention one of the waste of money, fuel blah, blah, blah. While you're at it also write to AL GORE and tell him to sell his mansion that burns more energy than a small town. </p><p>Merry Christmas, Happy New Year or whatever you celebrate. </p>
<p>Giving money to your childrens' teachers?? It's a nice thought but teachers should not be placed in a position whereby it could appear their influence and ability to discern objectively is being unduly influenced by &quot;filthy lucre&quot;. Gifts of this sort should only be given on an anonymous basis. If one cannot give a gift anonymously the gift is effectively transformed into an attempt to purchase the benefit of the recipients bias. For this reason, judges in courts of the law do not or should not accept gifts of any kind from anyone subject or expected to be subject to their imminent scrutiny and judgement.</p>
<p>this is kinda twisted, and really marvelous! &gt;:-D I have a nephew who'll love this for Xmas. </p>

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