7.11.08

Change

(This is my first go at Sunday Scribblings. It’s only Thursday but Keith at Keith’s Ramblings say it will be alright. He’ll probably try to be clever and write a poem or something, but I’m doing it my way. I'm writing about CHANGE)

I save my loose change, all those little coins that hide away in the corner of my purse. Little bronze pennies and tiny silver fives. Actually I don’t always save them. Now and again someone rattles a collecting tin under my nose and I pop some in there.
But the ones I save really add up. I had fifteen pounds worth the other day. I saved them in a tin which I took to the bank. The woman behind the counter was a little grumpy with me. She told me I had to add them up for her and put them in little plastic packets. When I think how much money my Dad gives the bank, you’d think they’d do it for me.


Anyway, I took my tin home again, and a handful of packets, and set about sorting them out. It took me hours. Trouble was the piles were quite high, especially the ones with a hundred pennies, and a couple of times my cats knocked them over! But in the end I managed it and off I went to the bank again.

I hoped I’d see someone different. There were six of them peering out from behind their glass screens. But wouldn’t you know it. ‘Cashier number five’ a voice said, and once again I found myself facing Miss Starched Knickers. One by one she put them on some scales like the man on the fruit barrow in the market only she was weighing a different type of pounds. Sadly several didn’t weigh the right amount. I said they were old coins and they were a bit worn but she was having none of it. She even pulled out a few Euro type coins. I said that they should be ok, because we are part of Europe but she was having none of it. But in the end we got there, and I had fifteen pounds which I spent on two bottles of chardonnay and something we girls need which I’m not discussing here.

I can’t believe I written a whole piece. Keith said I’d never manage it. Well that showed you mate didn’t it.
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21 comments:

Alisa Callos said...

Welcome Rosy, I’m new also. This made me smile because I save my coins too. I’ve almost gotten an old gallon milk jug full—second go around. A few years back I did just as you did…I thought I’d never be done. I went through the same process…bank, back home, rolls and rolls and back to the bank. The next day I went to work and was telling a coworker of my adventure. She looked at me like I was crazy and asked me why I didn’t take the coins to one of the automatic coin sorting machines that do all that work for you. I hadn’t known they existed. Now I see them everywhere. Great post. Hope to see more of them…it’s fun!

Granny Smith said...

This reminds me that I have a full basket of pennies that I'll have to sort some day. I hear the treasury is thinking of stopping their coinage because at present they are worth so little. Maybe I should keep them as souvenirs!

Lilly said...

this made me smile...I collect coins too...

Marcy said...

Welcome to Sunday Scribblings, Rosie!! I wrote about coins too along with a couple of other tangents about change. And here I thought I was being so original!!

Stan Ski said...

'Look after the pennies and the pounds (or dollars) will look after themselves'. I always save my loose change in a jar.

Rinkly Rimes said...

When I was young we had farthings! A farthing was worth 1/4 of a penny! Needless to say they're long gone. I wish I'd saved some.

Greyscale Territory said...

Saving the small things that so easily get overlooked can often build be the key to priceless wonder!

Linda Jacobs said...

I like this amusing story. It's well written and I especially approve of what you spent your money on!

gautami tripathy said...

Rosey, you did not do too badly. You keep writing. We will take care of Keith. If only he was half as good..

Lilibeth said...

Write and write and write some more. I'm proud of you. Change is sometimes collecting little extras and having enough to buy special stuff.

Janet said...

I save all my old coins too. Our banks get uppity about Canadian coins. But now they have machines which you dump everything into and it sorts everything out. Then I go buy a treat. (Never anything mundane, even if it's a necessity.)

paisley said...

you are oh so right about how quickly they add up... i save all of my change for a year every year,, and then i pay my car insurance with them... a whole year of 'free' car insurance just for saving,, and rolling ( i do hate that part ) change....

love having you here rosey!!!

B. Roan said...

I save my coins, too. I have a pocket in the side of my car door, which is full from drive fast food restaurants. I also have a jug full in my room. I don't have the patience for counting each coin, so I take mine to the store where there is a machine you pour the coins in and it does the counting for you. For a small fee, of course. I use the money for frivolities while on vacation. Maybe next time I'll try that bottle of Chardonnay. BJ

b said...

Dear Rosy,

Here's the "thingy" my dear...I think you will give Keith a run for his money. This was well done and lot of fun.

b

splummer said...

Hi Rosy,
Your post is really good. Nice job! I save my change too. I take it to the bank and they count it in a machine for me. It's amazing how much money you can collect and don't even realize it. Thanks for stopping by my place. Take Care!!

Sherrie

Alone on the Isle said...

Excellent SS, especially considering it is your first! I love your use of an alternative change, just perfect.

Robin said...

A delightful piece. Well done Keith for sharing Rosey with us.

I remember being broke back in high school and paying for gas once with five dimes and 210 pennies. I thought they were going to have my head!

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Sounds like you need those change-sorting machines. They are noisy, but very cool.

jadey said...

rosey you always crack me up. Mrs. Starched Knickers. LOL Well cheers to you for having enough to purchase two bottles save a drink for me.

Gamol Gabere said...

Let's make it an even twenty. The truth is Rosie, Keith gets a lot of mileage out of being atattle-tale about your faux pas's. You should get royalties and don't settle for small change.

Giggles said...

I tend to have coins at the bottom of my purse that add up quickly now that we have toonies. You did a fabulous job for a first scribble. Love you humor Rosey!

Peace Giggles