Becoming Debt Free in 2009

December 18, 2008

Pennies Count

Filed under: Journey to Debt Freedom,Personal Finance — ambercouric @ 10:39 am
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I never knew how much small change dumped on tables and dressers add up.  There is a running joke in our house that if we just leave the change on the table then DH will pick it up.

Sometimes when we are really bored the boys will walk around the house putting coins in different places.  It never fails as soon as DH spots a coin he picks it up and puts it in his “bank”.  His bank is an old Maxwell House  coffee canister.

Last night DH was talking about his change bank.  I should say BANKS since he has filled several over the years.  He occasionally uses a few quarters to buy a biscuit at Bojangles but other than that he has collected the money for years.

How much is in these “banks”?  I have no idea but my husband estimates $1000-$1200.  What does he plan to do with the money?  He is saving for an emergency or something special whichever comes first.

My older son, Ashby,  then noted that he has a drawer of quarters in his desk.  I asked how much and he wasn’t sure but said I could go and look.  There has to be at least $100 in there.  He doesn’t save the small change he leaves that somewhere his dad will find.

Of course not to be beat Kennedy had to compare his stash of change.  While not quite to the extent of his dad and brother he has an impressive collection.

I pulled out my change purse to see just how much change I had.  I had exactly 2 pennies.  I have never saved change and once I get to much it weighs down my purse so I dump it.

I am glad to know that I have a family of savers.  I probably won’t start saving change but I’ll appreciate knowing that when I dump my change on a table DH is saving it for something special.



  1. Wow that is a lot of change. We have a bowl we drop all our change into, then if we’re going somewhere with parking meters we grab a handful. I rarely use cash anymore. I think it’s funny your men all have a stash of change and you only carry two pennies.

    Comment by Miss M — December 18, 2008 @ 1:33 pm

  2. A little off topic for this post, but I thought I would answer your question regarding Gail’s show.

    She has all her shows online…

    Go Here:

    and then under “Full Episodes” – Then if you scroll down on the right hand side you will see “Til Debt do us Part”

    Hope that helps! 🙂

    Comment by frugal dreamer — December 18, 2008 @ 2:01 pm

  3. I just started gathering up all our loose change. My husband tosses change everywhere. But it provides a little savings account with very little effort.

    Comment by mode girl — December 18, 2008 @ 2:47 pm

  4. Parents are role model for their kids. You and your DH are clearly setting a great example. (I hope you and DH take a romantic trip with the change money one day.)

    Comment by shtinkykat — December 18, 2008 @ 10:41 pm

  5. We save up our loose change and use it for spending money on our annual camping trip. Of course, we only collect about $250, but that might be because I think my daughter snatches some of my quarters! lol.

    Happy Holidays!

    Comment by money funk — December 19, 2008 @ 12:54 pm

  6. I save all my loose change in a jar over the fridge. I usually cash it out throughout the year. I have some left now which I’ll be donating to charity.

    Comment by Budget Mama — December 19, 2008 @ 7:14 pm

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