frugal friday- loose change game

This may be the most ridiculous thing ever posted to Frugal Fridays… but it’s something that Jon and I have done since we started dating in grad school and has been a lot of fun, frugal, and somewhat of a game between us.

We pick up loose change off the ground. That’s it…. that’s all there is to it. We don’t care if the penny is on heads or tails, since we don’t believe in luck it doesn’t matter. We don’t care if it’s just one penny. We just pick it up.  You would be AMAZED how much loose change is lying around that tons of people just walk right by.

What do we do with this change? Well first of all it’s something of a game. Nothing elaborate just, “Hey, I found a DIME yesterday!” (that’s big money in the world of loose change picking-up). “Oh yeah, well two days ago I found a QUARTER!” (this is comparable to a few thousand dollars in our game). Then we both say, “Hooyah!,” give each other high fives and smile.  That’s about the extent of competitiveness in this game.

Next, we put the change in a jar. Then we roll the money at some point when we have some down-time or while watching TV. THEN… we get to spend it! Our favorite is to use rolled pennies to pay for a movie at the local $2.00 theater. We just plunk our rolls down, get our tickets and off we go… it’s a very nice feeling to know that we are enjoying the movie off of money we found on the ground.

Happy hunting!


3 Responses

  1. Cool beyond words. Not ridiculous in the slightest!

  2. haha I think that is great… We have a loose change jar..but thats only from my husbands pocket lol perhaps we should broaden our horizons on this one lol Thanks for the tip 🙂

  3. High five! Found a dime tonight and thought about this topic. I also stop for lost change! Never thought about keeping it separate to see how it might accumulate. Fun!

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