About a year ago, I started throwing all my coins into a bottle. A 5 gallon (18.9 litres) Culligan water bottle. It was Suzy Ormand who gave me the idea; according to Suzy it's amazing how those coins add up over time. Want to save a little money every day? Her advice on this particular show was simple, don't spend your coins. When you get change back, save it. It adds up. I thought, okay, I'll give it a shot.
Today, I decided it was time to cash in the stash. Had to, as the bottle was getting very heavy. So, I emptied my stash into something a bit more portable and headed down to one of those CoinStar machines I'd seen around town.
Now I know how much I saved during the past year. And thanks to that CoinStar machine, I know exactly how many quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies I saved. For the record, there are no half-dollars in the bottle. I keep those in a separate stash. :)
So all you puzzle lovers, care to take a stab at it? Yes, I did throw some $1 bills in as well, for good measure. I'll post the answer in a few days.
Takes me back to my days waiting tables in my late teens. Only there was more paper than metal in my stash.