If you've got a change just hanging out in a jar, it might be time to turn it into something. If you've been collecting coins for a while, you might be surprised at how much money is actually in there. And that money could be lunch with your friends, adding to your emergency fund, paying down debt, or buying me kitschy things off Etsy.
I once read a blog over at Get Rich Slowly about a man who turned his loose change into $723 in 7 months. He certainly had a systematic way of saving his change, but that figure floored me, and it inspired me to turn my coins into dollars. Turns out (as you'll see in the video), I only got $44, BUT STILL. That $44 has gone a long way for me.
So do yourself a favor! Call your financial institution ahead of time and see how they'll take your change. Some will take it loose, some will take it rolled up. Also, NEVER go to CoinStar if you want the full amount of your money!
Keep cool my babies!