Spare Change Helping My Wedding FundPosted: April 18, 2012
J$ posted about picking up change and I freely admit that I pick it up as often as I can. I posted once before about how we made a rule of no spending anything under a quarter and after a few months we cashed in all our hoarded change. I think we made roughly around $47ish? And there were a few quarters in there but not a lot as vending machines kept tempting us.
Well, this time we changed our rules. Now we are not spending any of our change and it’s just going into a jar. Okay, I can’t lie. I actually took some sandwich bags, separated all the change into appropriate categories and then placed them into the jar. (I’m a tad bit obsessive about organization lately) In my defense, it makes it a lot easier to count.
And it’s not that we don’t spend any of the change—sometimes I just don’t feel like getting back $.99 and will give them a penny. Or whatever is needed to round it up. Of course, sometimes, I don’t feel like giving them change and will have them give me back it all. It depends on my mood and the line behind me. (And how quickly I can access the change) And if I see a charity collecting change, I’ll usually give them what I can. (And I love when I give the charity people a dollar or whatever amount the candy bar is and they try to make me take the candy bar. Don’t they know I’m in weight loss mode???) So it’s not a strict rule just one that we mostly follow. It’s for a good cause though—okay not a charity good cause, but a good cause in my mind.
It’s going to go to the wedding fund! Yay for us for planning ahead right? I’m not even officially engaged! Granted I know around when I will be and we (okay he) looked into where we want to go on our honeymoon. (And it’s mostly he because I am good for most anything as long as it has a beach) From there, he priced out how much it would be and when we need the money by—then he told me and I figured out where we would be by March (which is when we need the money by). So far we are on track.
But back to the change. Last time, we spent it on an extra date and while it was good, we wanted to do something a little differently this time. We weren’t sure what exactly until we had started the whole wedding talk. And it all adds up—we have a little under $40 in that jar. And that’s $40 extra that I don’t have in the wedding fund. I also don’t have to take it out of my budget. It’s “free” money and to me, that is some of the best kind!
What do you do with your change? And if you see the crazy lady picking up a penny in the store aisle, it could be me!