A few days ago my husband and I were driving downtown to an outdoor concert, and were scrounging for quarters to feed the parking meter. We both have our individual stashes of loose change, his much more extensive than mine because he's a coin collector. I have a little metal container that I picked up at the dollar store. It's intended use is to chill wine, but I've always used it as my change bin. At the end of the day, I empty my pockets and dump my change in there.
I know a lot of other people do this too, and some are much more intentional about how they use this spare change. But for us, it’s always been more about keeping all that change out of our pockets and having it pretty much in one place. It’s always surprising how quickly it all adds up!
We found what we needed for our trip downtown, but I started thinking about how the nickels and dimes and quarters that we save like this is money that we don't really miss and even sometimes forget it's there. It's nice to have these little stashes around the house for times like this, but here’s an even better idea. What if we took that change and did something intentional, something charitable with it?
There are so many possibilities! Here are just a few to get started:
- Provide all the ingredients for a holiday meal to give to a family in need.
- Pay someone's light bill.
- Pay for the coffee/food order for the car behind you in the drive thru line.
- Buy a Christmas stocking for a needy child and fill it with goodies.
Saving to give! I think I like that!
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