For the first time in over a decade, I’m living in a place where I don’t have free laundry. It’s not terrible — there are only three units in the building, so I’ve only been trying to do laundry the same time as someone else once in seven months, and it’s a $1.50 (six quarters) a load for both the washer and the dryer, but the dryer gets a load done in one cycle (which is better than the (free) dryer at the last place I lived).

But what is terrible is that I’ve become a quarter-hoarder.

The normal thing, the smart thing to do (what my fiancee does) would be to stop at the bank every so often and change a twenty for two rolls of quarters. That is not what I do. What I do is try to keep the quarters I get in change for laundry. What I do is to try and maximize the amount of quarters I get in change. What I do is to buy little things I don’t need, just to get the change. What I do is use dollar bills, even when I have exact change.

It’s a problem.

Who suffers? I suffer, because I’ve constantly got a back pocket full of jangly change. Every cashier I deal with suffers, because they’re counting out all these coins. My barista suffers, because a large iced coffee at the place downstairs is $2.25 and in the past that 75¢ would have gone straight into the tip jar, but now it’s three. shiny. QUARTERS!

2 Comments so far

  1. Bill V (unregistered) on June 22nd, 2006 @ 4:11 pm

    I hoard quarters as well for downtown meters, but now many have been switched over to use a credit card instead. Until they are all switched, I’ll always being saving the quarters. You are not alone!

  2. K. (unregistered) on June 22nd, 2006 @ 4:23 pm

    even sadder: it’s been eight years since I lived somewhere that required quarters for laundry…yet I STILL hoarde them.

Terms of use | Privacy Policy | Content: Creative Commons | Site and Design © 2009 | Metroblogging ® and Metblogs ® are registered trademarks of Bode Media, Inc.