Always have Correct Change in your wallet
6 Steps
Some people carry change purse with them where ever they go, but you won t use most of those coins. Why carry coins that you won t use? So what is the fewest number of coins you can carry that allows you to produce any exact change? And then find an inexpensive way to carry that in your wallet.
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## Step 1: Theory

So what is the fewest number of coins you can carry that allows you to produce any exact change?The answer is 10 coins, 3 Quarters, 1 dime, 2 nickel, and 4 pennies. With this combination you can produce any number between 1-99 cents.

An alternative answer would be 6 coins, 3 Quarters, 2 dimes and 1 nickel. In this example you will range most change between 5-95 cents, in 5 cents increments. In this example you will never receive more than 4 cents in change back.

The project is a way to carry these 10 coins easily inside your wallet. I have used a thin piece of cardboard. But if you may use most anything, I recommend any material about 2 stacked coins thick, and have enough friction to hold the coins in place.
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seawee65 says: Nov 21, 2012. 5:35 PM
This is awesome!
grimpirate says: Jun 7, 2012. 7:40 PM
A paper model that uses this instructable as a basis to make another version:
http://www.papersmithforge.xtreemhost.com/index.php?i=8&j=9cd4
BLUEBLOBS2 says: Mar 24, 2012. 11:42 AM
This is way cool! I made one with 4 pennies, 2 nickels, 1 dime, 1 quarter, and 1 half dollar.
vancester says: Jan 11, 2012. 6:17 PM
I think the FEWEST number of coins would be 9 if you replaced the two quarters with a half. Although it may not work with a pop machine.
15zhangfra says: Jul 20, 2010. 5:02 PM
what about putting another very thin layer of cardboard or stiff and strong material to back it, so that the coins can only come out one side. slightly harder to get out, but less likely to fall out.
fefillo says: Jan 1, 2012. 4:28 PM
I was thinking something similar to your suggestions. I think you can use clear packaging tape to cover the holes completely on one side and about half of each of the holes on the other side. And you can dispense the coins out of the half covered circles but it would be hard for them to fall.
Redgerr says: Jul 12, 2011. 11:27 AM
i really like this idea and think i might make one for myself. i was reading the comments and am considering making sort of a sleeve out of something thin (paper?) that would go around it... that might make it slightly more useful so that change dosnt fly everywhere.

anyway... thanks for the great instructable and i hope to see more useful ones later
D00M99 says: Jul 16, 2011. 5:58 PM
I think that's the purpose of the credit card shape; so that you could fit it in the credit card slot which would act as a sleeve anyway. Until you pull it out. :P
Ian M says: Nov 12, 2008. 4:20 PM
I've heard that when people used payphones, they would carry a quarter in these in case of emergency. Nowadays, it's probably easier to find a coin on the street than a payphone; so it's probably better to carry a payphone with you.
blodefood says: Mar 30, 2010. 7:31 PM
It's 50 cents where I live.
Punkguyta says: Apr 1, 2010. 10:34 PM
That's what she said.
cl0ney says: Sep 10, 2009. 2:58 PM
lol... that's way cool. well said. :)
hansonsux says: Mar 29, 2010. 10:05 PM
In the case of payphones, 911 is a free call.
cl0ney says: Sep 10, 2009. 3:04 PM
oh yeah.... forgot to mention that the other day, I broke down and my phone was flat. I walked for quite a while looking for a payphone and ended up returning to my car, an hour and a half later, only to ask someone to use their cellphone. This was in a very populated suburb of Anaheim, CA. Long story short, compassion (which seems rare these days) is likely more frequent than a payphone.
Nuclear_Ninja says: Jul 10, 2011. 9:24 PM
why was your phone "flat" most phones are made in 3 dimensions arent they
Tux0r says: Jul 11, 2011. 11:37 AM
He means the battery was dead
egbertfitzwilly says: Jul 24, 2009. 10:42 AM
What's a payphone?
MaKaShinobi_2 says: Aug 18, 2011. 11:53 AM
an old phone. you insert a certan amount of money and then you can call someone with it.

i think there found in the city. Like New York.
i wouldnt know though I live in a neghborhood.
bowmaster says: Nov 18, 2008. 6:39 PM
LOL!!
hansonsux says: Mar 29, 2010. 10:07 PM
I just bugger them with dollar coins.
blodefood says: Mar 30, 2010. 7:31 PM
What about the two dollar coins?
Punkguyta says: Apr 1, 2010. 10:34 PM
Toonies you mean
zascecs says: Mar 30, 2010. 6:57 PM
Wow! I would have never thought of this! And what a great idea; I really need one of these...
fozzy13 says: Mar 30, 2010. 2:42 PM
Genius!!
beantown53 says: Mar 30, 2010. 6:05 AM
Nice idea. Well thought out and executed. Has room for improvements.
Kaizen Starwind says: Mar 29, 2010. 8:16 PM
I have a suggestion to improve your coin layout slightly.

Where you have the two largest coins next to each other I noticed that one has gone off the edge of the card, If you arranged the coins so that the biggest coins are not put next to each other, you would avoid this. For example, have the dime in one corner, then the pennies or the nickel adjacent to it, then the others where they will fit.
cupojoe999 says: Mar 15, 2009. 2:47 PM
do the coins stay in place or will they fall out easily if turned up side down. and if so could 2 rubber bands (the wide kind keep them in place?
Meragness says: Oct 27, 2007. 5:26 PM
what a cute instructable!! yet I don't think it can be a TRUE instructable until some seriously complicated...math...measurements, and waiting-to-dry is incorporated to the procedure. I swear, every time i read an instructable it's like the longest and hardest process to make something that you don't need anyway. I just admire the finished product and wish I could have had the initiative to make one myself. Call me lazy
DIYerr says: Dec 25, 2008. 10:34 PM
lazy
cowscankill says: Nov 15, 2008. 8:08 AM
I am doing this.
freakinhuge says: Oct 31, 2008. 2:16 PM
Did you know that you can put those cut out cardboard quarter pieces in those little candy / bouncy ball machines near the check out at grocery stores? Not saying that I do or anything ;-)
Lilliepop says: Apr 15, 2008. 11:56 AM
Why can't you just cut it out of those old crappy fake credit cards you get in the mail? a few of them glued together almost makes it worth while. i say good job! this is one I will go out and try. I have a pretty thick wallet and hate clinking change.
tinygirl505 says: Dec 19, 2007. 2:58 PM
Seven US coin version: four pennies, two nickels, one dime. Then, you give only as much change as is over the nearest multiple of quarters. So, for example, if the charge is \$12.38 you pay \$20.13, and get \$7.75 Your change back will always be in multiples of 25.
FunkLiberationFront says: Oct 31, 2007. 10:30 AM
What I'm wondering is, a little more than a year later, is this thing still holding up? I would think the coin holes would lose their tightness. Though obviously it's not an expensive project to re-create.
RTourn (author) says: Oct 31, 2007. 2:57 PM
Honestly I don't use it, it just takes too long to bring it in and out of my wallet. What I do is grab the coins from my car before I enter the store. My goal now is to carry 1 quarter, 1 dime, 1 nickel, and 4 pennies. I have to do some quick math at the counter but I can always get quarters back.
Sep 3, 2007. 10:01 AM
awsome! now all you need to do is spray paint the card board the color of your wallet like i did!
Goodhart says: Aug 28, 2007. 7:01 PM
Hmm, presently I do use a squeeze-open coin holder. They last a number of years, and I rarely have a lack of change or too much for the holder. This idea, would be great if it improved somehow on what I already use, but I can't personally see an advantage with it at this time. Now, that mechanism that the Bus driver carried at one time on his belt....that would be something to have (albeit a bit bulky). :)
csmithblues says: Aug 28, 2007. 9:17 AM
whats really funny is that i spent the time to read all of the comments.
teh darkcloud says: Jul 23, 2007. 4:44 AM
This is an awesome idea! I made a duct tape wallet that I'm too lazy to finish so if I have any coins I have to shove them in my pocket.
CaffeineHouse says: Jul 16, 2007. 1:38 AM
this is actually a pretty neat idea, I hate not being able to carry change in my wallet, and the clinking sound of change rattling around my pocket is rather annoying. i can't stand to unnecessarily break a bill, especially a larger one, and i have been known to stop a cashier in mid-checkout to offer some change i had not noticed in my pocket until my purchase was already being rung up.
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