A Pocketful of Change

Do you have bowls or mugs full of change that accumulates in your home but that you don’t know what to do with? Many of my clients do. I even have a small bowl to collect change in my home.

I used to take loose change to the TD Bank near me. However, they have eliminated their change-counting machines. When I asked for alternatives, they gave me some paper coin rolls. Counting coins and stuffing them into a paper roll is fun for kids but not so fun for grownups. Plus you then have to take them to a bank and either deposit them into your account or exchange them for cash.

A couple of years ago, a client with a huge mug of change asked me what to do with it. I suggested that she leave the house with a pocketful of change every day, and then give it away to the first homeless person she encountered.

I recently decided to do the same with the change that was accumulating in my house. It took me a few tries but I’ve manage to give it all away. The recipients all seemed surprised at the quantity, and very grateful.

If you’ve got mounds of change and no exit strategy for it, try giving it away.

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