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Too Much Change? Sort Out Your Coins at Home

Lots of people put spare change in a jar to use for laundry or perhaps mass transit fare. Others just let it accumulate until there’s so much that counting them all becomes a bit of a production. Here are a few simple ways to sort out your coins at home.

Sort your coins at home.

Roll Your Own

You can have wrapped stacks of coins that look like your bank counted and rolled them up for you, only you do it yourself.

First, you could pick up colored rolls of paper at the bank for free and then roll them yourself — the result will be standardized allotments of coins. This forces you to put similar coins together, so for instance, if you have a laundry machine that only takes quarters, you have them all together.

The second way to do this would be to use other paper to roll up a stack of coins, and label them with the amount you have stacked up.

Another way to do this doesn’t actually involve a roll of coins, but rather envelopes. Put all the quarters in one envelope, dimes in another, nickels in yet another, a pennies in the last.

Buy Coin Sorters

The more coins you have, the more time you’ll save with speed sorting trays. Each tray has different sized holes for each type of coin. Empty the contens of your coin jar into one of these trays and the appropriate coin will fall through. Then you repeat with the different-sized trays until all your coins are sorted.

Now an electric coin sorter requires more of an investment than the speed sorting trays, but the time savings is even greater. Functioning like a smaller version of the coin sorter machines, this home version lets you pour in all of your coins at once, and it puts them into paper wrappers for you.

Sort Out Your Coins at Home

Sorting out coins at home enables you to recapture money you might otherwise have left uncounted — either in a jar or in piles on your floor.

What do you do with your spare change, readers?

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