Got any spare change?
I’ve been tidying up for quite a while now, but even though I’m heading for a spare (simple) environment, I still keep spares (extras) of useful things. What hadn’t occurred to me until I saw this photo challenge? — Change… spare change that is. And when it comes to pre-euro European currency, I can vouch for the fact that nobody wants it.
Before our trip to England in May, I found a stash of British currency that must have been from the 1980s. I found more traveler’s checks too, and in pounds — bonus!. I was singing “We’re in the money…” but then, when we got there, we had to find someone who’d take the traveler’s checks (thank you Post Office).
I had enough English currency to be a welcome addition to trip expenses, but it did require side-trips to the bank to exchange it for current — ok, “up-to-date” — currency. The old stuff was no longer spendable. In the countries on Euro, only a few banks will still exchange old currency at all. Last fall I took some leftover Belgian francs to Brussels. We spent time looking for the right bank, then learned they’d take only the larger bills. Sam thought I was joking when I said that, after the transaction fee, there might be enough for coffee. Now I’m still left with the coins and small bills that my frugal nature doesn’t allow me to just throw away.
Even though it’s easy to use credit cards now, there are times it’s still good to have some cash. Tipping the cleaning staff springs to mind — I always sympathize with the maids. And in the future I’ll remember that some airlines collect extras for charity, so I could donate on the way home and avoid the spare change problem.
And this post? Late again, because it seems the only thing I don’t have enough to spare is time.
What do you do with spare foreign coins? I’m thinking I’ll declare mine art material. A travel collage might be interesting…
More on the Weekly Photo Challenge: Spare
P.S. Anybody remember Scrooge McDuck? — I’m starting to feel the urge to play in piles of coins…