I've been lazily saving all my change for the last 8 years — and thank goodness for that. Even after all the times I've paid for Muni using 20 nickels, I still ended up with $90.87, and it could not have come at a better time. I'm moving across the country and I don't have a job at the other end, so every penny counts — literally.
I've raided my coin stash for bus/laundry quarters pretty heavily over the years — my total was 7 quarters, 477 dimes, 553 nickels, and 2,364 pennies — but still came out with a nice haul. This $90 will help me pay for moving expenses, travelling expenses, or I might use it to throw a going-away party — my pizza and prosecco pennies! If I'd cashed in my change in dribs and drabs over the years, the money would have been much appreciated, of course, but it wouldn't have been as crucial as it is now, when I'm making no money but spending LOTS of money. I don't know how many moves are in my future, but I plan on repeating this system at each new home: I'll save all my change, for however many years, then use it to help with whatever new house adventures come my way.
(A note: I lugged my very heavy bag of change a half-mile to my bank, only to find they didn't have a coin-sorting machine. The teller was flummoxed that I preferred to schlepp the change another mile to Safeway rather than stand there and roll the 2,364 pennies myself. Don't make the same mistake I did, unless you want the workout — call ahead!)
(Image: Look! Demijohn As A Change Jar)