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Treat your dollar bills like your spare change. At the end of the day take your singles and put them in a piggy bank. You will be surprised at how fast they add up I then deposit mine in the bank at the end of every month.

- Submitted by THORNBIRD1 3/25/2010 in Saving Money | 39 Comments
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NEWATTITUDE2010 7/11/2010 6:49:00 AM

    I have fallen in love with the Caramel Frappes from McDonalds. A church member gave me a recipe for them. Now I make my own at home. However, when I do, I charge myself $2.00. If I don't have $2.00 in my wallet at that time, I don't get to make one. Then I deposit my $2.00 in my little Tootsie Roll Bank that I got from the Dollar Store. Just this month alone, I have already saved $14.00. emoticon
SUNRIDEZEPHYR 3/28/2010 10:11:00 PM

    loose change and dollars add faster than we think!!
PHILHALL 3/29/2010 7:22:00 AM

    i put $5 notes in a jar on the top of the kitchen shelf - every day and see it get more and more filled. the visual impact encourages me to do it more emoticon
LJCANNON 1/16/2011 10:01:00 AM

    When I joined Curves, I opened a separate checking account for the Monthly Draft to pay the membership. I put all my $1 bills in that account and it more than covered my membership fee for the first year. After that I received a Free Year for losing my first 100 pounds. Then she hired me, and Employees get a Free Membership.
MISS_614 11/9/2010 4:54:00 PM

    we have a huge culligan bottle that at the end of every day we put our spare change into and that is our vacation fund. I also have a little wallet in my purse I use purely to put all my spare change in so I can the deposit it into the jar weekly.
DGFOWLER 10/17/2010 7:46:00 PM

    Super idea to add even more to it.. even if it's a dollar more a week that's still $52 more a year then you had to begin with. Thanks for sharing. Donna
BOHOBONFIRE 8/26/2010 11:38:00 PM

    I don't do this with all of my ones, but I used to throw in a few bills here and there - whatever I have in my wallet that I know I won't miss. The advantage to just adding a few here and there is that they end up buried in the change, so you don't even know its there until you go digging through the change. It's a nice bonus when your feeling strapped for cash. (Kind of like the random cash I'll find in my winter coat pockets when I first take them out for the season.)
DOITTOIT2 8/8/2010 10:32:00 AM

    I have two piggy banks that I always put change into. Sounds like a good idea to roll them and deposit every month. I will start doing it!
DRAMAQUEEN1913 7/30/2010 2:36:00 AM

    I've been doing coins forever (I am the person who picks up the discarded pennies *grin*); the only coins that rarely get deposited are the quarters because those serve as laundry money. I will probably be able to do better with that once I get my own home and appliances.
11PHILLIPS 7/21/2010 7:46:00 PM

    i have a huge ceramic piggy bank that i stick dollars, fives, and change into... dont carry much cash so it will take me a while to fill up... but someday :)
HALLELUL 7/11/2010 4:44:00 PM

    I do this with loose change. It does add up.
NAGEM26 7/9/2010 2:04:00 PM

    I do that with spare change and sometimes dollar bills. We cash them in every 6 months to a year and it adds up.
AFTERMYKIDS 7/7/2010 1:54:00 AM

    Great idea. I always use the money that I make to pay for anything the kids want or need. Well I'm out of work, and the kids had already planned to go to camp. Well I just rolled enough change to pay for one of them to go, so we don't have to take it from the bill money. emoticon
DANIRY 6/30/2010 10:30:00 AM

    I choose to stick with change. I have a lot more will power to leave the change alone whereas the dollars would get spent if I needed money to tip the pizza person, singles to carry to church for the offerings, etc. I once saved over $300 in change and had no urge to spend it. I eventually had to use it for an emergency.
MZSPB1 6/19/2010 7:43:00 AM

    Great idea! I think I'll do this at the end of the week. I also use a debit card, and don't usually carry around a lot of change. However, I do carry my "lunch" and emergency spending change with me. I can replenish this each week; after putting the unspent money for the previous week, in a jar. I can even challenge myself to save more each week.

Kudos! emoticon
KSTYLEFITNESS 5/27/2010 2:45:00 PM

    I do this as well! I just counted up my loose change and had about $40. Loose dollars don't seem to last as long because I know they are there and tend to dip in them when I need a few dollars here or there.
SWEETPEA05 4/27/2010 8:49:00 PM

    I've always done this with my change. Then I roll the coins and take them to the bank to be deposited into my savings. I hadn't thought about adding the $1's to the jar. (It is funny I came across this tonight as I just rolled coins last night.)
SHERRY217125 4/25/2010 10:02:00 AM

    I have been saving my loose change in a water cooler jar for a while. I need to start putting 1's and 5's away too.
LONEWOLFE31730 4/23/2010 1:44:00 PM

    I used to do this and need to get back into the habit. I would put anything smaller than a $5 in the jar. Since I started using my Debit card for 99% of my purchases, I dont carry much change or bills anymore.
PHILHALL 4/5/2010 8:39:00 PM

    i put the notes in a glass vase and watch it fill up - the visual impact adds to the feeling of success. emoticon
LADYDEE54 3/25/2010 6:15:00 PM

    This is a great idea. I have been doing this for years putting my singles along with loose change into a water cooler jug and I was amazed at how much I was actually saving. emoticon
CHERMRTN 3/14/2014 2:10:00 PM

    emoticon for the ideas! I have always saved change in a beautiful old wooden piggy and then give myself a treat when it's full. I also have a box where I keep a supply of larger bills. I try to keep at least $200 in there for urgent needs. Now, I think I'll empty my wallet of $1 bills and change every day and find a special purpose for my $1 savings -- such as a spa day when I've lost another 10 pounds. Yay! emoticon
DIETER27 9/28/2012 4:01:00 PM

    ihave been doing this for yesrs and it really adds up. emoticon
NAOLEE 8/27/2012 5:18:00 PM

    I have 3 places where I keep extra money. I just forget them until I need money. I can have over $500.00 in one place.
NAOLEE 8/27/2012 5:15:00 PM

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LAQUANTA30 8/9/2012 10:42:00 PM

    I save all of my change and then use it to pay bills at the end of the month or I use it for recreation
YULLABELLE 1/24/2012 2:07:00 PM

    I like this idea. I already have a change and gold dollar jar. My daughter uses it as her donation jar. I think I'll start a new one for vacations.
MOBIUS56 1/10/2012 2:55:00 PM

    I save one dollar bills all year. Then add it to my savings.
STARSHINE67 10/26/2011 9:22:00 PM

    great idea!!!
LADY_KATHY 8/20/2011 7:51:00 PM

    My daughter is a hairdresser. She saves her $1 bills and has saved hundreds each month. she used it as her emergency fund or towards something she's been saving up for such as vacation. : )
WIGGLYARMS 7/20/2011 9:09:00 PM

    When I was working I would divide my paycheck between bills, bank & myself. I would always carry my pocket money which I knew I could spend freely. When the next paycheck came I would take all the money I had left and put it in a jar. Then I would divide up my new paycheck & start over. I saved enough of "my money" to buy my family great gifts for Christmas! emoticon
DEBRADOKHT 6/4/2011 10:49:00 PM

    My Grandmother is forgetful so she never misses the change I pick up from her and put in my purse. The amount can range from coins up to several dollars so it really adds up. Way to go me!
WOLFFMOTHER 3/2/2011 2:24:00 PM

    great idea!
TWEAVER8 2/25/2011 12:06:00 PM

    I need to stop using my Debit Card for everything and use cash more -- Than I would be able to save the change. I really belive if we stop using the Debt cards for everything we wouldn't spend as much as we do.
SEWFITSINGER 9/9/2010 1:52:00 PM

    Thanks for sharing everyone! emoticon
RUNNER4LIFE08 7/1/2010 12:50:00 PM

    Great idea!
FRANCESLUCAS 3/26/2010 7:49:00 AM

    Thanks for sharing. Great idea!
BLOOMING52 3/25/2010 11:11:00 PM

    Good idea.
WICISKAWASU 3/25/2010 6:46:00 PM

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