Get Rid Of Excess Coins At Self-Serve Supermarket Checkouts

The question of what to do with the inevitable clutter of spare coins is frequently discussed around these parts. Reader Lee reminds us that the rise of self-service checkouts at supermarkets provides another potential outlet for excess coinage.

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Here’s Lee’s take on the excess coin problem:

I have recently discovered a great way to get rid of all my spare change collected. With Coles and Woolworths now mostly having self-serving checkouts, I now bring all my change when I go shopping, and when it comes time to pay, dump it all in the coin chute, let it calculate how much there is, then pay the rest on card.

This tactic received brief mention in the comments on our recent post on what to do with excess coins, but I figure it’s worth a separate mention. As with ticket vending machines, you might encounter an upper limit of coins that will be accepted, but since supermarket machines are serviced with cash more regularly, that’s not likely to be a problem too often.

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