Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Thrifty Thursday

It is possible to be thrifty without feeling deprived and I'm sharing ideas in this summer series. If you have an money-saving idea, consider sharing it on your blog and leaving your link at the bottom of this post. The only rule? Share what you know. If I've never personally tried an idea, I won't write about it. The same goes for you, but don't assume an idea is too simplistic. It could be new to someone or it could re-inspire someone else!

This week's tip is a lot of fun!  Save your coins.  Because we pay for everything with cash, we have a lot of spare change and it is our general habit to empty our pockets and wallets when we get home.  We've chosen to keep pennies, nickels, and dimes in a box in our bedroom.  When we have accumulated quite a pile (usually $15-20), we roll the coins and cash it in for dollar bills.  Most of the time, we use the money for something fun like going out for icecream or a yardsaling outing.  When we rolled the coins a few weeks ago, we tucked our savings into the summer movie envelope.  We've chosen to keep our quarters in a large separate container and let them pile up much longer.  It is amazing how much money can accumulate!  Several years ago, we saved enough to pay for our hotel room on an overnight family trip.  Another year, we took a day trip to a local resort town with our savings.  Saving coins is a super easy way to fund little extras that otherwise may not be possible!


  1. Change really does add up! I actually know a family who saved enough money for a Disneyland trip (they live nearby, so didn't need to pay airfare, hotel, etc).

  2. This is a great idea! My husband and I saved our change (silver) for a long time. We finally went to cash it in at coin star. We chose the Amazon gift card then no money was deducted from what we saved, also they were having a special promotion at that time where you filled out a form, mailed it in and 4-6 weeks later we got a 10 dollar Amazon gift card for free. They have other gift cards besides Amazon. Much to our surprise we had almost 400 dollars saved up! Love these Thursday posts!
    Billie Jo


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