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How Much Change In A 5 Gallon Water Jug?

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  1. gonzo

    gonzo Gold Member Gold Chaser

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    I have 2 five gallon water jugs that are full of random coins, this would include probably an equal amount of quarters, dimes, nickles and pennies. Everyday for the last several years I would take all the change in my pocket at the end of the day and throw it in them.

    How much money do you think is in each jug, full, with an equal amount of random coins?

    Has anyone here ever done this and cashed it in/counted it? I am curious what the amount is, I have no plans to cash them in at this time and will be starting on my 3rd jug tomorrow, but still I am curious what sort of number we are looking at, a quick google search says that a 5 gallon jug will hold 2500 dollars in coins if it includes quarters, dimes nickles and pennies. That seems like an awful lot, what do you all think?
     
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    I filled a jug with random coins and my son cashed it in at a Food store coin star machine, the total for the one jug was $1240 USD
     
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    WOW!! One ounce of gold.
     
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    gonzo Gold Member Gold Chaser

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    Thanks for that, thats very cool and shows that the pocket change sure adds up and well worth the effort to save it each day in one easy to get to spot.


    GW---one ounce of gold indeed! Almost like a free ounce in some ways.
     
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    I would guess $1500 per jug give er take some (distribution not being even).
     
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    You mean like you could hold the value of the whole 5 gallon jug in the palm of your hand, carry it with you, hide it if you need to, safely store it...it's beautiful and it goes up in value too!

    Sounds like it might be a better way to store your money?
     
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    gonzo Gold Member Gold Chaser

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    Yea I am seeing that number alot on google searches also, between 1300 and 1500 seems to be the consensus with most people on a google search, a few people saying they had upwards of 2500 per jug, which is certainly possible if it was quarter and I believe one of mine is as I made an effort to stash away a lot of quarters in that one.
     
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    not much.... mines been the same shape for yrs.
     
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    What a waste to pay coin star. Most banks have a coin counting machine.
     
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    You want to know about change?


    You got to ask 0bama....
     
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    When I am in my supermarket, and I hear the Coinstar machine...my OCD kicks in like crazy! Oh I just want to pull that person off to the side and go through their change first! It's so maddening. Not worried about your Gonzo....but can you imagine the '64's that go through those everyday? The horror.........
     
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    I'd say more like $600-$800 based on my coin prospecting and change dumping experience.
     
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    $280 in pennies

    I found that with Google. That was the only straight answer I found. I suspect it's the only straight answer that's possible. Since $280 in pennies weighs just under 200 pounds, I would be interested to know how one might get the coins out without breaking the glass.
     
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    I was thinking in terms of, that's a lot of weight in fake money that could be converted to an ounce of real money, yes.
     
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    But he spent 4+ ounces of silver (at least where I am from). The coinstar machines around me charge a 7% fee. That comes out to $86 dollars in services fees. Hopefully he did not have to pay anythng like that.

    I have a Sunny D one gallon jug that I use to keep change for the girls. We never let it get much over a quarter of the way full before we start wrapping. We usually hit $70 to $80 from the 1/4 filled jug.
     
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    I have one for my Wheaties. Around 8,000 and its only a quarter full. I'd say $250-300 full in pennies.
     

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