I keep a box next to the bed, and at the end of the day, should I have any change in my pocket, I toss it in the box. We've been here for about a year now, and the box was halfway full.
On Sunday I went for a nice ride to clear my head. Nothing like some canyons and fresh air to improve your mental state.
Anyways, I stopped in to a local gas station to grab a drink before I rode home, and the people were lamenting the lack of change. As in, actual hard cash. Apparently, the banks are out. The Loomis truck that showed up with their daily cash in the morning had brought them a single roll of quarters. They had nothing.
So I went home, rolled up that box of change, and brought it back to the gas station on Monday. $69 worth of quarters, dimes, nickles and pennies. The manager almost cried when I plonked that stash down on the counter. And I walked away with $69 to put in the safe. Even better, I didn't have to pay CoinStar's 11% fee, which meant I actually got back everything I had.
Anyways, if you have a change jar, now might be a good time to cash it in. Or take $20 in change to buy your beer tonight.