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Last week I mentioned that my husband had some reward points to redeem with Wells Fargo, which is basically bonus money.
Now I wanted to mention another way you can convert what you have around the house and in your car for building your savings – coin counting.
Yep, the coin jar you may have started at your grandparents' house can be a nice little cash boost.
Set Up a Coin Jar System
We each have our own coin jars, even our little one. It's a fun way to ‘collect' spare change and any coins we find on our walks.
My system is pretty simple. Whenever I get change during the day I save the change in my wallet until I get home and then I deposit half in my jar and half in my baby girl's jar.
Any pennies or coins I find get deposited into the baby's girl's jar. It's not much each time, but it does add up fair quickly. typically when my small jar is filled it can be $50-$70 at a time.
Cashing in Your Coins at the Bank
One of the most cost effective ways to convert your coins to dollars is to go to your bank's local branch. However not all banks offer it a machine to count your loose change. Please call ahead before taking your loose change to the branch to make sure you can use their service and it's free.
Some banks like Wells Fargo, Bank of the America, and Citibank require you to roll your own coins before you can deposit them with a teller. When I asked the teller at the branch near my house she helpfully gave me some coin wraps to take home.
The big plus with depositing your coins is that you can then build your savings or you can use that money for other goals like paying down debts, investing more, or taking a debt-free vacation.
Is Coinstar a Good Deal?
Maybe your bank doesn't offer loose coin counting services. If so then there are other options that may be as close as your grocery store – Coinstar.
You can redeem your coins for cash, load it on their Green Dot debit card, or your can use one of their no fee options – gift certificates with selected vendors.
It's not cheap if you're looking to cash in your coins. If you go the cash route, there is a fee – 9.8 cents per dollar counted in USA and 11.9 cents per dollar counted in Canada.
However if there's a store you'd like to get a gift card, Coinstar may allow if you to exchange your money for free if that store if a partner.
Thoughts on Coin Jars
How many of you have coin jars at home? What do you do with the saved money? Do you take your money to the bank or do you use services like Coinstar to get your money converted?
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