Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Do you check vending machines for change?

This is a habit I've had since I was a kid - I pick up loose change wherever I find it. Usually whenever I buy something from the vending machines downstairs, I check all the machines as I'm walking out to see if there's any change there. Usually it goes into my purse, and then into my piggy bank at home.

I think I started this when I was a kid mostly because I loved coins, especially silver coins. Pennies just didn't seem worth the while. I used to sell stuff I found on the street to the other kids on the street and buy Bubble Tape with it. When you are a kid with no allowance, it takes a lot of crap on the street to buy you a 75 cent roll of Bubble Tape. However, I recall eating a lot of Bubble Tape as a kid so I must have done OK.

Some of my frugal habits have started rubbing off on my coworkers. One of the student workers has started bringing in a can of Chunky soup every day - she got the idea one day when she was hungry and didn't have any money on her, so I pulled open my desk drawer and offered her a can from my selection. (She still usually comes in and asks for a bowl and spoon though - I am the queen of disposables.) I also only buy a bottle of Powerade maybe once a week or less. The rest of the time, I use the same bottle over and over with Crystal Light in it instead of Powerade. Better for me (a bottle of regular Powerade is about 160 calories, whereas a bottle of Crystal Light is 10) and better for my wallet (Powerade is $1 a bottle; Crystal Light is about $4 for 14 packets, and the water is free.)

All that frugality pays off though - yesterday was Boyfriend's and my two year anniversary and we went to The Melting Pot, a swanky fondue restaurant. Total bill was about $120 but I paid for it straight out of checking. (And then on the ride home we had a conversation about how we could make it cheaper if we ordered separate entrees instead of the two person one, didn't get lobster tail or filet mignon, and didn't get salads.)

4 comments:

G. said...

I don't check them for change, but I do bang on them when they take my money and jip me out of a coke

John said...

I have to admit it, I check for change as well sometimes...

Michael Heindel said...

I love your post. You go into alot more detail then I do.

Yes, I do check vending machines (including around the edges on the ground) and in parking lots.

I am working on a double penny project. Check my profile for a link, I won't post it here.

It sounds like you are kinda doing a double penny project without even knowing it.

Take Care,

Michael

Bigqueue said...

Sure I check the machines....as well as pay phones. (when they even exist these days)

I also tend to look down the ground as I walk and as a result I seem to find misc coin and bills.

Pennies.....i love them. I collect/save them, so I would most certainly bend down to pick them up when I come across them. (Watch the pennies and the dollars will take care of themselves)yfmmc