Remember when I mentioned I pick up every coin I find in the street? Well I still do and it soon adds up to a great amount. Those pennies from the street, the back of the sofa or slipping around in the bottom of your bag have value and that value is all too easily forgotten. It’s remarkable how many people don’t understand the value of pennies or who literally throw loose change into rubbish bins. Changing the coins into something of a more usable nature is really easy too! Rather than having it sit around in small change we chuck it all in a couple of carrier bags or old jiffy bags and cart it to our nearest Coinstar machine every few months. Our nearest machine is in a supermarket we pass weekly so it isn’t a big shlep to find one either. It takes a few short minutes to throw the coins into the machine and then just stand back and watch the screen count them up.
The screen, followed by a print out receipt shows how many of each coin you’ve fed into the machine along with a total. Then cash in your receipt in store and they’ll hand over the money. Saving up all those coins is fab but what the point if you never, ever make use of them? Nearly £30 exchanged via a Coinstar machine, in my pocket 5 or 6 times a year is far better than pots filled with small change doing nada. Think how much money you could be knocking off your Christmas food shop with those coins. Could you buy a gift? Maybe treat yourself to a cracking dress for a Christmas party or buy those investment boots which will last you a decade? Straight away we headed to the Christmas aisle and stocked up on a few non-perisable items for a big Christmas party we’re hosting in December. It’s great to see the value of your money.