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5 ways to change the world with spare change

calendar iconDec 23, 2019

If there is an up-cycled container filled with coins in your home, a sanctuary for the coppers and silver pieces rejected by your ever-slim wallet, then this festive season might just be the time to devote it to a charitable cause. After all, it's called "change" for a reason.

Lack of ideas shouldn't be a problem for such a universally accepted medium of payment, but here are five of our favorites:

Green presents are so in right now

Is it just us, or are there simply too many plastic-based Christmas presents going around? Devoting your humble "pot of gold" to a range of eco-friendly soaps, deodorants, bar-based shampoos and wooden toothbrushes to help your loved ones start the year off with a smaller ecological footprint is a sure-fire way to bring a little goodness into the world.

Think global, spend local

Supporting local businesses is what makes the world go round, especially if they bring good service with a contagious smile. Take a break from the festive frenzy with a hot cocoa and a good book at a local coffee shop, keeping in mind that to tip responsibly, tip in cash. If it's a break from people you seek, wander into your nearest museum and toss a few coins into the donation box on your way out.

The mental health method

The best present you can give yourself and others, is simply being present. The holidays can be a lonely time for many people, sometimes the least likely, so make a note to be there for someone this month. Spending your coin jar on a hot meal or a small-but-silly gift (i.e. finger puppets) can inspire much-needed smiles.

Help the homeless, refugees and orphans

'Tis the season to be jolly, but 'tis also the season to be giving. Basking in the warmth of thoughtful loved ones bearing presents, can inspire one of the most wonderful aspects of human nature: concern for the well-fare of others, particularly those with less. Devoting your spare change to a charity is a small but collectively powerful way to help those that do good do more good. You'll never guess how much UK charities collect each year thanks to the downpour of charitable spirit through coin donations!

Fast freedom with friends and family

Panicking about presents? Your worries could be over in three quick steps thanks to your trusty cash pot: First, take your coin savings to a bank branch near you, and exchange your change for crisp new banknotes. Second, place banknotes in envelopes, maybe add a note for flair. Finally, sign, seal and voila! The original "gift card" accepted just about everywhere: cash!

Last Updated: Feb 17, 2020

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