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Saving Money in the Self Checkout Lane

Updated on September 4, 2012

Making Your Change Work for You

Everyone wants to save money at the grocery store. We do everything we can to pinch a few pennies including: waiting around for the best sales, clipping coupons, carrying around thousands of store discount cards and shopping at wholesale stores such as Costco and Sam's Club. Just when you thought you knew every trick in the book, you came across this lens. This technique will actually take the change out of your pocket, while keeping it in your bank account.

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How it Works...

Before going to the grocery store I gather up whatever loose change I have lying around and stick it in my pocket. When I am ready to check out, I head right for the self check out lane. Before paying with my debit card, I stick all the change I have into the change slot. This allows me to save money in my checking account, while getting rid of all that loose change I had laying around my house. Though it may sound silly, it definitely makes a big difference.

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How Much Can I Save?

It depends on how much change you have and how often you visit your grocery store. I will show you some scenarios of how much money can be saved and what you could do with that extra cash (besides paying bills, of course). Each figure is based on a 52 week year, assuming you grocery shop once a week.

$1 each week = $52 in savings for the year.

You could buy:

$2 each week = $104 in savings for the year.

You could buy:

$3 each week = $156 in savings for the year.

You could buy:

$4 each week = $208 in savings for the year.

You could buy:

$5 each week = $260 in savings for the year.

You could buy:

Do You Use the Self Checkout Lane? Do you Think You Will Use this Money Saving Trick?

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    • jasminesphotogr profile imageAUTHOR

      jasminesphotogr 

      7 years ago

      @MargoPArrowsmith: I know, it's such a rip off! Thank you for coming by. :)

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      MargoPArrowsmith 

      7 years ago

      That is a brilliant idea! They charge 10% if you put it in one of those other machines. Good for you!

    • jasminesphotogr profile imageAUTHOR

      jasminesphotogr 

      7 years ago

      @FanfrelucheHubs: I've never seen automated label machines at the post office, but that is a great idea! I suppose the concept can be used at any "self pay" places. :)

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      Nathalie Roy 

      7 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      We don't have these self checkout lane where I live, but I do use my spare change everytime I hit the post office (I use the automated label machines).

    • jasminesphotogr profile imageAUTHOR

      jasminesphotogr 

      7 years ago

      @aka-rms: Thank you! I really appreciate it. :)

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      Robin S 

      7 years ago from USA

      Excellent advice!

    • jasminesphotogr profile imageAUTHOR

      jasminesphotogr 

      7 years ago

      @maxnic11: Thank you!

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      maxnic11 

      7 years ago

      good advice!

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