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Re: ridiculous amount of change. what now?

Do they have a slot for that?
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Old 04.09.2010, 12:27
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My better half put a couple of boxes in the kitchen so I can empty my pockets when I come in. One box is for car keys and house keys. She says it saves her the hassle of having to deal with “what have done with my keys?” The other box is where I dump my loose change. As a bloke, loose change is a bit of a nightmare. It kind of accumulates in pockets of every jacket I have. Lying there unused in winter coats and summer coats until the year comes full cycle and it’s time to use the same coat again. Even the ashtray of the car is overflowing with shrapnel.

I go through the coin box every now and again and cream out the Fr 5 , Fr2 and Fr1 pieces, usually when I’m going to the car wash. But the 10 cent and 20 cent coins are always ignored, lying unwanted and unloved. It doesn’t help that the out local bakery prices a small baguette at Fr 2.45. It means I’ve accumulated a staggering amount of 5 cent pieces. Why can’t they make it Fr 2.50? When I used to travel BA I used to bag all the coins up and hand it over to the aircrew for “Children in Need”. These days though, I don’t use BA. And I'm not doubting they're out there... but personally, but I've never seen a coin machine which credits the shrapnel to your account.

I have no idea how much money is out there, hidden as stray coins. But if I was Barack Obama or David Cameron and struggling to find ways to cut the national debt.... I’d send out an appeal to all blokes to empty their pockets.
The best thing I have ever seen is on Jersey, where in cafés and pubs in St. Helier, and in many shops there are boxes of the CoastGuard, the Cancer Research Society, and the Society for Parkinson's Disease. I on visits for many years, not least as my Godfather had suffered and finally died of Parkinson's, my brother had died of Cancer and I just survived the same kind of cancer, gave quite a lot of small money to all three boxes always. True, in case of the cancer thing, I in a way helped myself !
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Old 04.09.2010, 13:05
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Re: ridiculous amount of change. what now?

1. Use your generally acquired shrapnel to 'pay' the kids their pocket money.
2. Go to flea markets where they turn into more un-necessary toys, books and other people's junk.
3. Bring the said junk home and play with/use it once.
4. Leave it where I trip over it, lose my rag and stick it in the loft.
5. Twice a year, force a clearout and take a % of the stuff to the local kinder flohmarkt.
6. Sell it for a fraction of what we paid for it - normally for shrapnel.
7. Cycle starts again, however due to the relationship between buy and sell price, the quantity of change doesn't seem to grow !
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Old 05.09.2010, 09:46
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Re: ridiculous amount of change. what now?

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what if I don't have a credit suisse account? any machines for normal people?
Have you checked with your bank yet? Might be the easiest and cheapest solution.
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Old 05.09.2010, 17:13
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Re: ridiculous amount of change. what now?

As Mélusine says. You spend a few hours separting them, and then rolling them into their neat little packs and then take them to the bank.
They'll give you the amount in paper currency.

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It's very common for most Swiss housewives (including my mum and my grandmum) to collect the coins in separate boxes, to then make 'rolls'.

Indeed, you can ask for specific papers at the post office, depending on your type of coins, and then 'roll them' in your paper.
- 5.-: rolls of 250.-
-0.20.-: rolls of 20.-
- etc.

They then weigh your roll at the post, and give you notes instead.

Similarly, if you need coins, you can ask for a roll at your post office. I do it regularly since I need 0.50.- coins for my washing machine.
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Old 06.09.2010, 09:36
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Re: ridiculous amount of change. what now?

At all the larger bank offices have a machine that will allow you to dump change into it and deposit the exact amount into your account.
If you are a UBS customer or Credit Suisse then you can ask the desk and they have to "activate" the option on your mastro card. They'll even show you how to use it. I also know that the local BCV(Vaud) and BCG(Geneva) banks have the same thing.
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Old 03.10.2010, 15:21
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Coins?

How do you deal with the massive quantity of coins acquired during the average day. The reason Swiss people are so fit is not all that cycling, skiing etc, it's the fact they carry 20kg of coins around all day.

Are there a coin counting/conversion machines somewhere?


edit> thanks for the thread merge. Now I have to read this thread.

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Old 15.11.2010, 13:26
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coin counting machines

hello again all,

my piggy bank ( read the basket next to the door where I empty my pockets at night ) is overflowing and being a lazy sort of grynch I am too lazy to pick up coin wrappers, spend the time counting and rolling and then slogging them down to the bank

so....

does anyone know if there are coin counting machines anywhere ?
( GE would be nice ) thanks.
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Old 15.11.2010, 13:41
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Re: coin counting machines

I see you're in Geneva, so can't say I know of any around there... but around the German side the big bangs tend to have one, or they can at least point you to where you can find one...

They're not cheap though, they tend to charge 10% fee or something so you might as well roll them up yourself or get any visiting / your own kids to do it for the 10% fee
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Old 15.11.2010, 13:43
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Re: coin counting machines

in the north of CH, i take them to my bank (CS) and put them in the cash machine. there is a special drawer that opens, you bung them all in together, it adds it up and then puts the money in my account..........easy lol
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Old 15.11.2010, 13:46
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They're not cheap though, they tend to charge 10% fee or something so you might as well roll them up yourself or get any visiting / your own kids to do it for the 10% fee


thanks.. yes I know they are not cheap but again I'm too much of a lazy sod to do it myself and I don't have access to any child labour.
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Old 15.11.2010, 14:00
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thanks.. yes I know they are not cheap but again I'm too much of a lazy sod to do it myself and I don't have access to any child labour.
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Old 06.05.2011, 11:29
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Re: coin counting machines

are there any such coin counter machines in or around zurich that take euro coins?

or do i have to travel to germany to get rid of all my euro coins?
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Old 06.05.2011, 13:22
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Re: Depositing piles of coins at the bank and coin counters

I decided to clear out my backlog of shrapnel not too long ago.

I had about 5 jamjars of the stuff. I thought I'd never get rid of them. But it was a question of discipline. I put a small quantity in my pocket every day and eneded up with fewer at the end of the day. The best bit was Migros, who are largely responsible for all the 5 Rappen coins I have because of their pricing policy so it was a question of personal revenge to offload as many 5 Rappen coins on them as possible.

I started about 2 months ago and am down to two jamjars.
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Old 06.05.2011, 15:43
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Re: Depositing piles of coins at the bank and coin counters

but what about euro coins. any ideas anyone?
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Re: UBS does not want our piggy bank money...

Does anyone know if any UBS branches in Zürich have a self-service coin deposit machine?
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empty the banks, take the coins to the machine and dump it all in... voila 2 minutes, add it to your account.

If I took legally tender money of any kind to my bank and asked for it to be deposited, and they refused for lack of "time to count it" (translation: lack of time to work with a customer), I think I'd empty my accounts and take them elsewhere.
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What to Do with Contents of Piggy Bank

Background: My piggy bank is almost full with, franks, centimes, euros, and euro cents. There are some odd items as well such as a shopping trolley token that I found in a rental car.

Questions: If I bring the piggy bank to "La Poste Suisse" in Yverdon or Lausanne, would they sort, count and give me banknotes? Would this be manual or do they have a machine? Would they charge me for the service and if so, how much?

Thank you very much for reading and/or answering this and apologies if it already has been answered and I have missed the solution.
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Old 25.06.2011, 18:34
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Re: What to Do with Contents of Piggy Bank

welcome ot the forum. Please introduce yourself on the "Introductions" section of the forum and tell us all a obut how you were born too late and look like Herny Fonda.

I think the post will give you some rolls to put the money in but that's about it. Maybe someone closer to you r area can give you more accurate information.

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Old 25.06.2011, 18:38
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Background: My piggy bank is almost full with, franks, centimes, euros, and euro cents. There are some odd items as well such as a shopping trolley token that I found in a rental car.

Questions: If I bring the piggy bank to "La Poste Suisse" in Yverdon or Lausanne, would they sort, count and give me banknotes? Would this be manual or do they have a machine? Would they charge me for the service and if so, how much?

Thank you very much for reading and/or answering this and apologies if it already has been answered and I have missed the solution.
No, they wouldn't sort it. The post offices would give you paper, where you could roll your swiss coins in to. nobody would change your euro coins exept a changing place. some banks have self service coin counting machines, where they charge you, if you don't have an account with them. but again, only for swiss coins.
so, sort your self and if you don't want to roll the coins, bring them to the bank. the euro coins change in a changing place or privately.
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