Where does all your loose change come from? And what do you do with it when you have got it ? Here’s yet another clutter challenge.
When I was young l collected it and saved up for something —sweets, foreign stamps, a book, records and finally a Dawes racing bike with derailleur gears. It certainly got you in the habit of saving.
These days, after years of inflation, loose change accumulates to the point that it becomes too heavy to carry around in your pocket. It’s value wouldn’t buy you a hard backed book or a record and you would need a wheelbarrow to carry enough change to purchase a racing bike.
So what do you do with it ? Well in my case I empty the change from my pockets into a bedside drawer — and in a drawer in the lounge — and in the kitchen drawer — and in a compartment in the car. When they are all full to overflowing I have a magic coin sorter. A gadget my wife bought me. She loves gadgets. So every few months I collect up all my change and the magic sorter sorts it into 1p’s, 2p’s, 5p’s, 10p’s, 20p’s, 50p’s, £1’s and £2’s. Not that I consider £1 and £2 coins as loose change, but what about all the rest. Nobody wants it. Shop assistants tolerate it with an impatient look, while they wait for you to count it out and wobetide you if you dole out more than ‘the maximum’ allowed as legal tender. The queue lined up behind you tut tuts and wonders why on earth you can’t use a credit card like everyone else. Cash is so yesterday!
So here’s my dilemma. Do I put it in charity boxes on pub and post office counters —- I already do that but it still builds up ? Do I give it to beggars on the street —- not when you hear how much money they make ? Do I put it in a change machine in supermarkets —- and pay them an exorbitant 10% fee for changing my money, or they give you a voucher to spend in their shop ?
There must be a better idea for dealing with this cash clutter. Any inspiring ideas ?