Turning Spare Change into Millions

Presented by Someone Who Doesn’t Have Millions- YET

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In a recent Episode of Vlogbrothers, John Green was asked if it makes him angry that they’re still making pennies. He responds with, “Not so much a angry as disappointed.”

There’s a pile of change that collects on top of our dryer in the laundry room. It sits there as we randomly add to the pile when change falls from pockets and clanks on the floor.

In the city there are Coinstars in every grocery store. Banks have change into cash machines in their lobbies. Out here in the Middle of Nowhere, Iowa there are neither of these things.

When we first moved to this small town we weren’t sure what to do with all the coins that started to add up over the course of time. I got a plastic bin. The type one would get with the intentions of organizing but you’re so unorganized it eventually adds to the unorganized clutter.

We began filling it with change, tons of it, a lot of change. We hadn’t clue what we would do with it.

Until one day when I was doing laundry. I tossed another two quarters and a dime into the top of the dryer pile. That’s when it occurred to me instead of allowing the change to continue to accumulate we could turn it into millions of dollars instead.

We’ll use the change to purchase a Powerball ticket each week. I know, I know. I get it. The odds are against us, but not really. It’s an immense amount of change and we keep adding to it every day. If you crunch the numbers and multiply it by the win- lose ratio, eventually we’re going to win something.

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I presented my idea to my husband. He agreed, (I was thrown off guard because we never agree on anything outside of agreeing to disagree).

We decided before we began purchasing tickets we would have a game plan in place for what to do with all the cash once we win.

This is what we came up with:

Pay off our townhouse in Arizona, Pay of any credit card debt, put some away toward retirement, donate the remaining amount to Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital for cancer research, and of course we would live by the traditional American standard of hating each over money and never being satisfied with anything.

Wish us luck! Wink-wink.

Newspaper reporter in Eastern Iowa. The views expressed are mine alone.

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