I drove over to the grocery store this afternoon to pick up a few remaining items for tonight’s recipe. On my way out the door I grabbed my coin-filled piggy bank from the dresser. I decided to cash in on Coinstar’s $10 holiday bonus while I was out. When I arrived at the grocery store I walked straight over to the Coinstar machine and started unloading my coins. I cashed in a little over $40 worth. I checked and double checked the machine before stepping away. I’m always afraid I’ll leave my wallet or cell phone behind. It’s a good thing I double checked because quite a bit of change had been rejected by the machine. I gathered at least two or three dollars worth.
I scooped up the change and started grocery shopping. I only needed two items for dinner, but I decided to pick up two or three sale items while I was there. The grocery store was practically empty at 12:30 on a Thursday afternoon. I took my items over to the self-pay register and decided to pay with the remaining change in my piggy bank. This seemed like a relatively good idea at the time, but as I stood there dropping coin after coin into the self pay machines I began to rethink that idea. Luckily I only had $12 worth of items, otherwise I would have been standing there for a long time feeding coins into the machine.
I stopped by CVS on my way home from the grocery store. I picked up a few items with expiring ECBs. The cashier at CVS is extremely nice to me. He always jokes about my wad of coupons and always says I’ll see you next week when the register spits out an ECB. My total at CVS was less than $1 so I paid again with coins.
I typically use a credit card to pay for items, even the smallest of transactions, so it always feels strange to me to pay with cash and coins. Although we pay off our credit card every month it still felt nice to pay with cash. Lately it seems that our credit card bill is constantly expanding. It’s not that we spend a lot of money on things, it’s just that every day items add up over the course of a month. I loved walking out the door knowing that I wouldn’t see any of today’s transactions on my credit card bill. If we didn’t use a cash-back credit card I would definitely consider paying for items with cash more often.