One of the ways that we save up for special occasions and treats is to save all of our small change.
At the moment we’re saving 1p’s, 2p’s, 5p’s and 10p’s but when we’re feeling a bit flush (usually around pay day ;-)) we also save 20p’s and there may even be the occasional 50p thrown in for good measure.
We save them in three vases that sit on the kitchen windowsill – some people have herbs or flowers, we have money!
When they get full, we take them along one of the machines in our local supermarket where we change them and get cash. I know the machines usually charge around 8p for every pound but it’s worth it because I can get rid of it all at once without having to bag it into certain amounts and take it to the bank and also, I don’t know about you but I hate the smell of money on my hands.
We’ve just changed this little lot and got back £20.85 which will be used to buy Christmas presents with.
It didn’t take too long to fill the vases up as they’re not that big although it helps that both kids are like little magpies who seem to automatically find change on the floor when we’re out and about.
So if you want an easy way to save small amounts, this is what works well for us.
And, if you start now you’ll have a nice little amount in time for Christmas!
With my share of the boot sale money from last week and this, I’ve made £83.85 towards Christmas.