Monday, August 16, 2010

Nickel and Diming it

Our 17 year old daughter decided that she wanted to save our spare change over the summer and then see how much money she had in about two months with just nothing but spare change. Well, I was doing the same thing with my spare change except that I just drop mine into a jug and don't even think of counting it just yet. So, hubby told our daughter that whatever spare change he gets, that he will just pass it on to her.

When our 17 year old came to me about a week and a half ago, she asked me how much spare change did I think she had. I told her that I didn't know and that I would guess she had about 20.00. She said that she thinks she had about 30.00. She poured all the change out on the floor and I told her to put it all in stacks of one dollar increments and then we would count it like that. I helped her sort coins and put them in the stacks. When all the sorting had been done, we then counted the stacks. She had a total of 52.50 in change. I asked hubby if he had two more quarters on him to help make her have 53.00 and sure enough he did. She beamed with joy.

She asked me if I would help her roll the coins in wrappers, which was a job all by it self, so I did. She then asked if I would take the coins to the bank and bring her "real dollars" back and I did that too. She put all the wrapped coins in a small purse and I lugged that purse to the bank and it was heavy too. The bank teller handed me the cash for the coins and I stuck it back in her small purse and then when I got home, I handed our daughter the purse back and told her that her money was inside. She was so proud of that 53.00 dollars that she said that she is going to start saving change and not count it for a whole year. I wonder how much I got in my jug. Hmmmm!!!

Lovingly yours,


  1. I've been saving my change also and will wait a little longer to see how much I've actually accumulated. Good show for your daughter.

  2. Girl, coinstar is the daughter sat and counted all hers out and it gave me a headache~

  3. It's amazing how quickly those little coins can add up - and yet, how quickly dismiss them. Good for her. She learned an important lesson here.

  4. Isn't it crazy how fast that 'small change' adds up?? I love it!