Not long ago, I started saving my loose change at the end of every day, and was amazed at how quickly it turned into some real cash! I was just saving it in a slotted wooden box that I found in a thrift store, and when it got really heavy, I would lug it down to the nearest grocery store that had a coin counting machine.
Trouble was, I never had a clue how much money that I actually had. I wouldn't know until all the counting was done, and I received my receipt. That forced me to put a lot of trust in the mathematical ability of the machine. However, anything was better than rolling all those coins, and taking them into the bank like I used to do!
Recently, I was in the gift department at Belks, and I spotted a display of Meeting Street Digital Coin Counting Jars. (You would have thought I was a kid in a candy store.) I decided that it was such a neat idea, that I just had to have one.
It is a huge plastic jar with a twist off lid, and it requires 2 "AA" batteries. You put your coins through a slot in the lid, and the jar counts your deposit, and then displays the total on a LCD screen. Neat, huh?
So here's my assessment. I do like it very much, and I love the size of the jar. (I doubt that I would ever actually fill it up though. And if I did, I would probably be a very rich lady.) But there is one definite flaw that I found. Sometimes when you are putting the coins in, 2 coins will fall through the slot at the same time, but it will only register one. So I am sure that the total will not be exactly correct, when you actually empty the jar. But it is still fun to have some idea of the amount you've saved, so that you can decide when you want to cash in the coins. It is also a bit tedious, because you can't put the money in very fast, or it will not keep up.
I enjoy my money jar a lot, and the way the banks are crashing these days, keeping money in a jar is suddenly looking like a better and better idea. (Grin.)