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Stop Treating Spare Change Like Trash!

I just finished reading an amazing little book by Marie Kondo, who is a tidyness expert from Japan. The book is titled “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.” In her book, Marie shares her very simple method that has helped people around the world get rid of clutter once and for all.

I plan to write a full post on Marie’s book because I believe it truly can change lives. She also seems to share many of the core values I’ve outlined on this blog.

But today’s post is about a small part of her book, pages 112 to 114. It’s about small change.

Marie says that most of us have loose change around the house. Indeed, as I went through the steps in her book, I found a handful of coins in various denominations. She urges her readers to put the change in their wallet, not in a piggybank, where it could be forgotten.

This is the line from her book that really stuck with me:

Despite the fact that coins are perfectly good cash, they are treated with far less respect than paper money. 

Wow! How true is that? As I picked up change around my house, I found coins on the bathroom floor, in the bottom of bags, and in the pockets of my clothes.

Think about it this way. Would you ever leave dollar bills on the bathroom floor? Of course not!

From now on, I’m going to start treating my coins just like paper money. Any change that I don’t spend will go into a small cup on top of my desk, not a large piggybank. When the cup is full, the coins will go to the bank along with the rest of my money, where it will earn interest.

Do you treat your small change with respect? If not, let’s change together!

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  1. Hu, I never thought too much about that. I mean, is change going to make a big difference in the big picture… Well, I guess the benefit here is in how one approaches waste as a whole. If you’re not paying attention to change, you’re also not paying attention to other kinds of waste, which could be more important.

    Good tip, I’ll start hunting down the house for coins 🙂
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  2. I agree with this, I recently grabbed all the change throughout my house, rolled them up and realized I had $100 more than I expected. This sure is a great tip, I’d never leave a $100 paper bill laying on my bathroom floor!

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