Introduction: KEEP THE CHANGE !!!

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OK i always keep my change when i buy something. some of my friends thought i was cheep until i did a little social experiment with 2 of my friends and we found the my first friend gave away 5 dollars in one day. and my second friend gave 8. THAT'S ALMOST 10 BUCKS. it kills me to hear people complain that they don't have any money while there in line in front of me and then say keep the change. so what to do.

Step 1: Save It Up

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Even if it is only a little change it will add up faster than you think. and yes it may be inconvenient to haul it around in your pocket but times are tough and you got to adapt, save, finagle, or what ever you need to do to get by. if it bothers you that much use exact change you will keep the leftover change with out creating a ton of extra change in case you fall off a pier you wont sink to the bottom in 2 seconds. I have an old pretzel jar in my room and when i get home i off load my small fortune in to it.

Step 2: Make It Work for You

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OK i admit it i get lazy and let it get full before i turn it in. but if you have $100 in change sitting in your room in a jar make it work for you. put it in a high interest savings account or what ever you want but remember it wont gain anything sitting in your room. my bank deposits small change with out a charge check with yours.

Step 3: Things Not to Do

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Don't leave them in the jar and start a new one. believe me when your have 10 jars of coins that weigh 40 pounds apiece the tellers get pissy and like i said make your money work.

Don't throw them in the friken water, i never got that. you earned this money keep it dammit.

Edit: when you turn your cash in don't do it at one of those coin star machines they charge a percentage my bank has a similar machine that does it for free. the coin star is a rip, don't give them any of YOUR cash. and



pyra_builder_1337 (author)2009-11-02

at a mcdonalds drive though i waited for like five minutes at the window waiting for the dude to ask why i was there i told him i wanted my one cent in change ... it was more to annoy him than the change but still..


treep1 (author)2008-10-19

You might also be surprised at how much money you find lying on the ground. Mostly pennies, but more and more you see sliver. Again, it might not seem like much, but I've found a dollar or more on the ground in one day. We used to keep a jar at home just for change we'd picked up off the ground. The kids love to do it. We were in the grocery store one day and my small daughter HEARD someone behind her drop a coin on the ground - she left skid marks on the floor she stopped so fast . Back she went and picked it up. Check around check-out lanes, in parking lots - anywhere people pull keys out of their pockets or make/receive change. The beach is another good place. Sounds cheap, but it's FREE MONEY!

Plasmana (author)treep12008-10-26

My greatest finds are:
Found a $20 bill lying around on the streets of New Orleans and another $20 bill found inside the Office Max store and another $20 bill found near my house!

mg0930mg (author)Plasmana2009-08-25

I found a $50 near wal-mart. :)

treep1 (author)Plasmana2008-10-26

Wow! 20's x 3! They must be tossing them out around your place! I'm afraid I have too few 20's myself to lose track of one! I'd send out a search party! I have found a couple of 20's before, too. But mostly just change. Sometimes a few bills...It is fun to look though, and really great when you score a nice find! Happy hunting!

Plasmana (author)treep12008-10-27

LOL, thanks, and happy hunting to you too! :-)

Plasmana (author)Plasmana2008-10-26

Are people throwing away $20 bills or something???

deathpanda (author)treep12008-10-19

dam straight money is money. and while people used to turn there noses up at picking up loose change you might find yourself noes to noes with a broker on wall street for that quarter the way things are going lol.

Aleksandr Skotbot (author)2008-10-28

does that mean... you never throw money in the tip jar? ):

no i always tip appropriately

That makes me happy. (: For a minute there, I thought you were implying that people didn't work for that change.

you should always tip. I'm talking more about department, grocery, hardware stores etc... places that don't really allow tips. like my store where taking tips will get you fired.

oligore (author)deathpanda2008-10-31

Is it just America where it is the social norm to tip because in Australia no one tips in stores beside restaurant and even there it's rare to?

deathpanda (author)oligore2008-11-02

i know that there's jobs in America that pay like $2 an hr and you make all of your actual money through tips. that might not be true of other countries im not sure i don't get out much.

oligore (author)deathpanda2008-11-03

The minimum wage is about $AU 14.30 which is about US$9.70 so I guess thats a bit more than $2

godfreyandthandi (author)oligore2009-07-22

people under 18 at maccas get $6.50aud... its really shiz... and no... its nice when you go to a restaurant to tip 10% or the price... most of the time its only like $5-$10 anyway...

RedFlash (author)oligore2009-05-23

Hey, I'm Australian and I can't walk past a charity bin, or one of the coin activities without putting in at least 50 cents. What state are you? Qld, Vic, Nsw, Act, Wa, Nt, Tas Just curious...

Choko-Ale (author)oligore2008-11-01

Here in Mexico people expect tips in about everything, not only restaurants.

tipping is very important.

All of the jobs I've had were based upon tips.

lol like i say, i sponsor the sexy ladies at the coffee shop daily :P

Ha ironic you should mention it. A girl at my coffee shop (in Seattle) left to work at this place called ChickaLatte. It's a little coffee stand where the drinks are prepared by busty ladies in "fantasy" costumes. The cool thing about this place, though, is that they're actually serious about their coffee. They won't hire without 2 years barista experience.

chinese_boy (author)2009-03-30

a quick way to get coins is to make a WISHING FOUNTAIN or what so ever things that could give you LUCK. Its just all a scam luck isn't real it's just all a coincidence and did you notice that wishing fountains seem to not over flow with coins? that's because when a place says SORRY WERE CLOSED they are actually CLEANING there wishing fountains and don't make a wishing well you couldn't not make money.

deathpanda (author)chinese_boy2009-05-07

ya the more coins you get the better

chinese_boy (author)2009-03-30

tipping is illegal in Malaysia

deathpanda (author)chinese_boy2009-05-07

that blows

spock155 (author)2009-03-22

I've always wondered.... Is it illegal to take money from them water things? Even if it isn't and you do, wouldn't that make you feel bad that people wish on them things!?

deathpanda (author)spock1552009-05-07

it is illegal to take from one that doesn't belong to you. but if you own a business or restaurant you could put one in.

The Jamalam (author)2008-10-18

Thanks for this. The credit crunch is really annoying, and this instructable could help lots of people!

Plasmana (author)The Jamalam2008-10-26

What is credit crunch?

pyro 360 (author)Plasmana2008-10-29

a new cereal lol

Plasmana (author)pyro 3602008-10-29


deathpanda (author)Plasmana2008-10-30

credit crunch cereal is horrible, it cuts the roof of your mouth and leaves a bad taste when your done. :)

Plasmana (author)deathpanda2008-10-30

Eww... :-)

The Jamalam (author)Plasmana2008-10-26
Plasmana (author)The Jamalam2008-10-26


deathpanda (author)The Jamalam2008-10-18

i hope it helps. people have no idea how much money they give away with spare change.

AznPanda (author)2008-10-27

eReReReRREEEE??? 5+8= 13.... : /

mg0930mg (author)AznPanda2008-10-27

He's saying 8 is almost $10 not the money added together.

AznPanda (author)mg0930mg2008-10-28

Oh lol

Plasmana (author)2008-10-26

That is a good instructable, I always keep my change, I also even pick up 'worthless' pennies off the road, it still always adds up...

mg0930mg (author)Plasmana2008-10-27

They may be 'worthless' when they stop making them. HEHE.

Plasmana (author)mg0930mg2008-10-28

LOL, yeah...

deathpanda (author)Plasmana2008-10-26

yea i find change in the parking lot where i work all the time and some notes.

Plasmana (author)deathpanda2008-10-26

I also found three $20 notes in the US, but never found an $1, $5 or $10...

mrbob1000 (author)2008-10-26

step 3 is my fav. "tellers get pissy" anyway. i have been saving change for a long time

deathpanda (author)mrbob10002008-10-27

there's been a few angry tellers dealing with me before, but now they put in a free change machine that gives me a slip to turn in. lol i guess they got sick of me.

bestbballrebounder1 (author)2008-10-19

you should enter it in the party like its 1929 contest

thanks i entered it

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