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Save Your Change To Save More Money

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No matter what shape the economy is in, everyone will ALWAYS be worried about their finances.

With your time and money in mind, professional organizer and FitPerez contributor John Trosko has a priceless idea for anyone looking to find a little extra holiday cash this year — save your change!

Yes, it's that easy! There is approximately $10 billion worth of spare change laying around America, so make sure you don't let your fair share go to waste, as John explains:

At any one time, approximately $10 billion worth of change is sitting idle in American homes through piggy banks, pickle jars, and unknowingly dropped in sofa cushions, junk drawers, under beds, stuck between car seats and in suit jackets.

Collect that lose change and forget about sorting, rolling and counting it all yourself. Save time this holiday season by having your local self-service coin collection machine automatically do the dirty work. The machines (aptly named Coinstar, CoinMax, Penny Arcade) are located inside local grocery and drug stores, credit unions, banks and selected Starbucks nationwide.

Bring them your bags or jars and simply pour the coins into the counter. Once processed, the machines issue a voucher to turn in at the retail register. While there's a fee (9.8%) if you insist on cash back, you'll save a lot of time not having to roll coins yourself.

Here’s a money saving tip: Save the counting fees entirely by opting for a gift card from national retail brands, an eCertificate for online purchases or you can even choose to donate your counted coins to charity.

What have you done with your spare change? Tweet your answersto @johntrosko or visit John’s blog OrganizingLA.

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