It’s a word we’ve heard a lot lately in the news. Change in politics. In healthcare. In finances. In education.
When things aren’t going well – we want CHANGE! But preferably change for the better, right? Not just something different or worse.
But today I want to talk about a different kind of change. A monetary change. Literally – the change in your pocket.
So I tried an experiment. I saved up the change I was getting and didn’t spend it for a month. Then, I poured it all into a gallon-size zip lock bag and ONLY used change for my daily purchases for one week.
Here is what I learned:
• Most people have never seen a 50 cent piece or Susan B Anthony dollar.
• Some have seen the Sacagawea dollar.
• It is much easier to shop with just change in Oregon where there is no sales tax
• It’s also easier when you know what you’re getting ahead of time and can count it out and show up prepared
• Many business are grateful when you give them change – because they are often running out
• The bus driver, however, will look at you a little annoyed when you drop 300 pennies in the counter for your bus fare
• This takes approximately 1:22 minutes.
• It makes me unrealistically happy to do it
• Again, count it out ahead of time so the bus driver won’t look COMPLETELY annoyed
• You actually think about what you’re buying a little bit more when it takes some effort to pay for the purchase
• Some people behind you in line act a little confused when you pay with change and may feel sorry for you, thinking you’re completely broke
• Cashier’s at drive-ups often don’t know how to add mixed change
• Some can only count in Spanish (or Russian)
• It’s not as convenient to carry change, and your pockets look funny
• Don’t try it at an airport
There are a couple of things I determined I would not pay for in change:
Overall, it was a fun experiment. It almost felt like I was getting everything for free this week, because it wasn’t coming out of my normal budget!
Next change experiment: Saving up enough that one day I can go into my utility company and pay the bill in change. I may roll it first, though.