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  • annabanana82annabanana82 Forumite
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    For my 20p jar, the 3ltr brandy bottle was opened well before my time circa 1974/5, but I think it was an enjoyable Sunday afternoon in Germany for my parents.

    Many years ago when my children were small and money tight, our savings were mainly putting change in a pot at the end of the week. We started with a jam jar and when that was near full we acquired the bottle. An off the cuff comment led to the question "how many 20p's will fill the bottle"? With that a mission was started.  We're still to find out but we can't possibly stop now we're so close.

    So whilst it may not be very MSE, it has been a source of wonder, conversation and afternoons sat with my children counting it.

    They are also well versed in more conventional saving methods, understand interest rates and the basics of investments - my 17 year old Daughter has even started a pension. 

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  • CatsacorCatsacor Forumite
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    don't just walk into a bank with the bottle to use a coin counter and expect coins to flow out of it, the neck will get clogged up and need a poke now and again with a screwdriver or something.
    Don't expect to get £100s from it.
    Will we start a 'Guess the amount?'
    My guess £68.72.
    Seeing how heavy it is, probably have to watch out for slipping a disc at the same time !
    Aswell as a hernia !
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  • peewhyeffpeewhyeff Forumite
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    Donate to an organisation for a Xmas Fair raffle, or a charity shop.......either as a straight winning ticket gets to keep it,  or maybe " guess how much is in the bottle".
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    edited 11 November 2022 at 11:44AM
    I had a similar bottle except it had all denominations up to and including 20 pence, I gave it to my god daughter on her birthday, her mother said it really excited her when she was counting it all.
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  • sparky93sparky93 Forumite
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    My nan has a giant old whisky bottle full to the top with 1 and 2p coins which is so heavy it almost takes two people to move it, we have told her the banks hardly accept these much now and it would take ages to deposit it in an account.
    Does anybody have any ideas of how to get it in an account as i don't like those coin counting machines because they take a fee however i heard Metro used to have a free coin counting machine if you banked with them.
    hi, dont know where you are, but suprised no1 has suggested a games arcade place. these have the 1p and 2p machines , and they have coin counters too.
  • phillwphillw Forumite
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    baser999 said:
    Simply for the convenience I’d use the machine in the local supermarket - does after all have a car park which the local bank might not. 
    Appreciate they charge a commission but it’s not much surely?
    Trading in your loose coins at Coinstar is easy. Just pour your coins into a machine and let us do the work. Choose one of our two convenient options: get cash, which has a 10.9% processing fee or charity which has an 8.9% fee.

    I put all my change through the self service tills, though I appreciate in recent years a lot of stores have been making them card only. But I still have access to some.

    You can get funny looks when there is a queue and you're standing there feeding in money for ten minutes, so best to go when it's off peak.

  • ZeroSumZeroSum Forumite
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    There's normally less restrictions for coins when depositing in children's accounts. So could be given in pocket money?
  • RobM99RobM99 Forumite
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    Ocelot said:
    Could use coinstar at a supermarket (they take a percentage though).
    Bloomin' right they do, 10% and more!
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