I have saved a full piggy bank of coins and I never bothered to count them. I understand that there are money counting machines that usually charges about 10% of the value to convert them into paper money, but I do not want to lose 10% of the value in my piggy bank. So what are some recommended ways to spend the coins there? For example, is it proper to use the coins to:
- pay tips?
- make a contribution to a local church on Sundays?
- pay for small item at convenience stores?
- give to homeless people who asks for money?
Will a bank (in the US) usually count the coins and add value to my bank account without a fee?
I am confident that most vending machines will take the coins, but I do not buy products from vending machines often as they are usually dearer than the products in supermarkets.