Spare Change Challenge-Part One

August 24, 2010
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It’s been awhile since I last did a hunt around my house for spare change. I know this because yesterday I began noticing how many coins have been piling up in various places in my home.

The timing is perfect to embark on a spare change challenge since we’re getting ready to do the final push of our house renovation–the bathroom that my daughters use, well used to use; it’s been down to the studs for the last two years and simply not on top of our priority list. Since then four of us have been sharing one full bath. With two teenage girls, let me tell you, it hasn’t been pretty.

I figure we’re going to need all the extra money we can find to pay for the renovation and the fixtures we have to buy (toilet, sinks, shower stall, etc.). So this morning I started hunting in the usual places for spare change–the laundry room, my bedroom, the cup holders in the car, the bottom of my pocketbook–and came up with a plastic container full of quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies. I’m going to spend this afternoon counting it all out and then tomorrow I’ll report on how much I found.

In the meantime why don’t you embark on your own spare change challenge. Then post a comment to let us know how much “extra” money you found around the house. It will be interesting to see the amounts of found money we end up, well, finding!

7 Responses to Spare Change Challenge-Part One

  1. Becky Agne on August 25, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    Hi, I have been saving my change for a while and on Sundays I roll them, when I get $100.00 I put it in the vacation fund that is how I got to go to Alaska when my grandaughter was born. I also put in the bottle returns and the stores that pay you to use cloth bags. It may seen a little at a time but last year I saved $900.00 not counting coupons and rebates.

    • Leah Ingram on August 25, 2010 at 1:45 pm

      Very cool!

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  3. Meredith on August 24, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    As an added bonus, my Credit Union has one of the machines that you can empty your change jar into and it counts everything for you AND if you deposit it into your account, they don’t charge a fee!

    • Leah Ingram on August 24, 2010 at 3:46 pm

      I wish I had that option!

  4. Leah Ingram on August 24, 2010 at 10:34 am

    Amazing how fast it adds up, right?

  5. Tina Miller on August 24, 2010 at 10:18 am

    My sons and I are collecting coins to save for a special trip in an oversized jar. Ii might take a LONG time, but we’re all motivated to save. P.S. we found over $3 yesterday alone :)

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