There is exactly $1.50 in my coin jar right now. One loonie and two quarters. It's not what you think, I haven't been looting it for coffee money. Well, not quite.
See, I despise pennies, and try to spend them right away, so they never make it into the coin jar. I have collected them in the past, but it takes so long to accumulate enough to put into a roll and then you have, what? Fifty cents. Wow. Not to mention that they are almost always grimy feeling and leave a bad smell on my fingers. Blech.
So I don't save pennies. Sometimes I save nickels and dimes but again it seems to take a long long time to accumulate enough to roll. The result is a little more satisfactory, $2 and $5, but it takes a while.
I do save quarters, loonies and toonies. These really add up, and I mentioned before how I managed to save up enough to buy a bass amp with just loonies (rolled up and cashed into bills, of course).
However just as I moved into the apartment I realized that I was going to have to have change for the laundry machines. I forgot to include this extra expense in my new spending plan, and decided I was going to try to take it out of the food/house allowance of $200 per month, if possible. In the house we had a washer and dryer in the basement and I paid for it through my hydro bill. Now I have to fork out a loonie and two quarters for each wash and the same for the dryer. I often skip the dryer and hang a load on my drying rack, but if the load is sheets and towels then I pay to put them in the dryer.
I rarely have cash on hand, since I decided to (carefully) keep using my debit card, but I manage to save a few dollars in loonies, toonies and quarters after a couple of weeks. I raid the jar for $4 almost every week to give to the church and my self-help group, and use about $6 each week for laundry.
So, no trips to Disneyland for us as a result of careful coin saving. Not yet, anyways. For now laundry is more important, and until I work that into the budget (more tweaking!) raiding the coin jar will have to do.