Keep your spare change in a pirate-y treasure chest #Budget#great-ideas#money#pirates#storage September 17 2013 | Guest post by SmashedTogether If the tip jar isn't making it easy enough to grab your spare change on the go, then take Offbeat Homie SmashedTogether's advice… After a few years in the glamourous field of serving food, the little Mason jar designated for my spare change was overflowing with jingle jangle. As someone who is always making that mad dash to the door, most days the whole lot of it was dumped unceremoniously on the floor to root through for precious bus fare, vending machine coinage, and the necessary float I was expected to bring to make change for my customers. So, the pirate chest became the ideal solution. Now I have a gorgeous conversation starter decked out with accents like an ornamental dagger, costume jewels, and seashells, and my gold doubloons are easily found among the smaller silver coins (love that Canadian currency!). Sick of that old piggy bank? Give piracy a try! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo SmashedTogether SmashedTogether is a painter, sculpter, chronic crafter, indoor gardener, and enormous nerd. She lives with her lovely boyfriend and way too many plants. PREVIOUS This is what happens when Radiohead fans have a party for their two-year-old NEXT 8 ways to help you deal when the time isn't right to have a baby Show/Hide comments [ 10 ] I use a small wooden Legend of Zelda chest (thanks Etsy!) for my laundry quarters! It makes me happy every time. Reply Please tell me you go "ba ba ba BAAAAA!" and hold up your quarters in the air every time you remove some. If you don't, WHY NOT!? Reply This is AWESOME. Currently I keep my change in a piggy bank. I drew a monocle and mustache on it, and on the side I wrote "capitalist pig." It makes me giggle whenever I put change in there. Reply Great idea! We got a treasure chest for our wedding and don't know what to do with it… Now I have a plan. I also have a cat-shaped piggy bank (catty-bank?) that has chocolate fund written on it. It's one of my most prized posessions. Reply Am I reading that right? Are you using precious Canadian loonies as DECORATIONS? Gasp! Just kidding. That is hilarious. We Canadians do love our "monopoly" money though. Reply I think of it more as a fun way to decorate AROUND the loonies :). I don't know about you, but in a jar they always seem to exist only underneath mountains of dimes and nickles. The flat, wide chest makes the treasure hunt a LOT easier for me. Reply I used to do this, but then my apartment was burgled and my precious little turtle box full of spare change was stolen. Makes me so sad…. Reply That's awful! I am lucky enough to have a safe in the apartment for all the real treasure. Reply Dude, I feel ya. Back when I still lived with my parents, I kept my spare change in a ceramic bowl that I made myself. My brother threw a house party and one the asshole kids stole the change — bowl and all! I could have given a shit about the change, I was just bummed to lose the awesome bowl. I'm pouring one out for your turtle box. 🙁 Reply That is a great idea! My seven year old brother has a wooden box that he has dubbed his treasure chest. He is very into collecting random pieces of (cheap) jewelry from yard sales to add to it as well as rocks, feathers, and other random things. Next time I see him, I'll show him this and see if he wants to add some of the coins he has to make it feel even more like a treasure chest. =) Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Subscribe me to your mailing list No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.