Friday, March 20, 2015

Treasure.....

I have to pay in cash to park my car when I go to work and unless I have organised myself the night before and have the exact amount ready, then usually each morning I am to be seen looking for change in my purse, my bag, the car door, on the floor, under the seat, under CD covers, behind old bits of paper, and among all the other assorted stuff that litters my car. I'm not precious about keeping my car immaculate....unlike my mister who loves keeping his car clean and says that he needs an inoculation before getting into mine.. and sometimes I'm able to put together the requisite coins ...and sometimes find a toffee or a chewing gum stick or a lost lipstick..result!. The machine is very temperamental though. It doesn't accept 5p coins, and is a bit hit and miss with 20p coins too. So only having one of each of these is a gamble each time I try the machine. Adds a frisson of excitement to my morning I can tell you.....anyhoo....this regular morning furtling about often reminds me of my cousin....why? I hear you ask...well shall I elucidate?.... She is a few years older than me and could drive before I could. She had her own business and my lovely generous cousin has always done very well financially. This one particular time that I recall was when I was a teenager with a Saturday job and she ran me somewhere in her car and when we needed to park she opened the drawer in the well in the middle of the car....and I was almost open mouthed with shock and admiration....it reminded me of the till at the cake shop I worked in...it was stuffed with coins.....there must have been more in there than I earned working hard all day for many  Saturdays......pounds and pounds and bits of assorted change.....she laughed when she saw me and said 'oh I just keep all my spare change in there for parking' and I vowed then and there that one day, if I ever had a car, and if I ever had 'spare change' (remember I was a teenager with very little money relying heavily on my weekend job earnings so that I could save for weeks on end to buy the latest blouse or jeans or book or album) that I too would  have a drawer full of money. And every now and then I do.....I get organised and put lots of coins in the little drawer and it gives me a little lift and a big smile...such a small ambition..but realised!..... of course over time the coins get used and so if I forget to top up the drawer then I have the furtling about months......until I once again remember to fill the drawer. Now to this end I have jars in the house that I put loose change into, and this morning they were full...so I have just spent a happy hour counting out my pennies and 5p's and 2p's and I knew there must be quite a bit in the jars 'cos I could hardly lift them...and guess what...once counted I had seventy one pounds....71! Of course now I'm thinking 'bugger the parking' and planning on spending this....but 40 odd bags of coins is very heavy to lug around..and I don't think banks accept coins anymore..do they? mmmmm..might have to rethink this.........


7 comments:

Marcheline said...

Our bank has a coin machine that you can dump cans/bags of coins into. It counts them and issues a voucher for the entire amount, which you then take to the counter and can choose whether to receive the money in cash, or deposit it to your account. Dead handy, really.

Nana Go-Go said...

Well done you. I have one of those sealed tin banks that you need a tin opener to get at - needless to say, I've already been at it with said opener! Tesco have a coin changing machine too.Have a good weekend, Libs. xxx

Cro Magnon said...

My car is littered with coins. Just last week I picked up my 'man-bag' upside-down, and coins went everywhere; I'll have to have a rummage and see if there are any big denomination coins hiding somewhere.

Trish Burgess said...

My husband has a very tidy compartment in his car for change and fills my car up with little bags of money too. He's a keeper, I think.

Nota Bene said...

What a lovely bonus...I suggest gin and cakes is a better way to spend it. Our Sainsbury's has one of those machines to count the coins too...

Anna of the Mutton Years said...

Our supermarket has a coin machine. Its called a till. You go in and find stuff on shelves then take that stuff home after handing the coins into the till. Its kind of a barter thing.

Seriously there are coin machines and you get notes in exchange. I've started saving coins again for parking. I have 5 now, 5 whole coins!
I also have a Mr Him.

About Last Weekend said...

I have the scrapnel in the car - and have to scrabble around for the (often broken) metres in Oakland. As someone once had a passer-by break into their car for their change (this is Oakland) maybe it is tempting a broken hanger. (which actually we did find by the car one day.) a change love obviously