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.

Change for Good

Have you ever come back from a foreign trip with leftover currency?

If you travel abroad frequently, then you might want to keep the currency and bring it on your next trip to that country. However, if you don’t expect to go back to that country in the foreseeable future, you probably want to do something with it so that it doesn’t become clutter.

Bills can be exchanged for dollars at banks that handles currency exchange, but they won’t accept coins. Many of my clients have foreign coins sitting around, often mixed in with U.S. coins. Here is a better idea: donate those coins to UNICEF via their Change for Good program.

As their website states: “Change for Good is an innovative partnership between UNICEF and the international airline industry. Established in 1987, it is one of UNICEF’s best-known and longest-running partnerships. Currently twelve international airlines support the Change for Good program. Thanks to the generous support of customers and participating airlines, the global Change for Good program has generated more than $150 million, which has contributed to UNICEF’s efforts to helping save and improve the lives of millions of children around the world.”

In the United States, American Airlines is the participating airline in the program. You can donate change (foreign or U.S.) on some American Airlines international flights. Or you can mail it to:

UNICEF USA
ATTN: Change for Good Program
125 Maiden Lane
New York, NY 10038

Another great opportunity to send clutter out in the world to do good!