Most of us have a container lying around the house where we throw all our coins, it’s difficult to know what to do with them.
I have, in the past, saved them but then paying them into the bank isn’t easy either.
Discovering the many tips and hacks online for putting these old coins to use has changed my view of this seemingly inconvenient currency so I had to share.
Some tips are simple, others require a little more time and energy – but one thing is certain, it is always handy to have coins lying around the house.
Just check out these 9 smart tips – and when you’re done, don’t forget to share to inspire others!
Keep your curtains straight
Getting your curtains to hang straight can be a problem, especially if they are lightweight. But this issue can be easily fixed with a couple of coins.
Just make a small opening in the hem at the bottom of the curtains, insert the coins and sew back up and this will prevent them from blowing in the wind.
With a little creativity you can make a lot of fun decorations with coins, like this penny coaster. Using a handful of old coins and some casting resin create these fun additions for your home.
You could even use old coins from your trips to other countries to make your creation even more personal.
Make your own tap shoes
If you’ve ever fancied trying your hand at tap dancing but are not sure if you’re ready to invest in some proper dance shoes then look no further than these DIY tap shoes.
Using a pair of old shoes and pennies you can make your very own dancing shoes.
Glue three to five coins at the front of the sole, and another two to four coins to the heel and you have your very own tap shoes.
Who said tap shoes have to cost more than a few pennies?! pic.twitter.com/we1kunXVw1
— BargainMax.co.uk (@BargainMax) January 31, 2017
Check the tire depth
When it comes to being safe on the road, experts say a tire depth of at least 3 mm is required. If you are unsure how much your tires have worn, you can use an old coin to measure the depth.
According to Goodyear Auto Service: “Simply insert a penny into your tire’s tread groove with Lincoln’s head upside down and facing you.
“If you can see all of Lincoln’s head, your tread depth is less than 2/32 inch and it’s time to replace your tires.”
Use as a screwdriver
If you forgot your toolbox and need to tighten something, just check your pockets to see if you have any coins. Pennies are the perfect size for tightening screws. It may take a bit longer than a professional tool, but it should get the job done.
Keep track of the freezer
This simple tip is one of my absolute favorites. Fill a mug with water, put it in your freezer and when it’s frozen put a coin on top.
If you have a power failure or the door has been left open you can determine if your food has thawed by where the coin is.
If the coin has dropped to the bottom of the mug, you will know your food has thawed.
Wobbly furniture can be a thing of the past if you have a few spare coins.
Just place one or a few coins under the chair, table or couch until you notice that all legs are at the same height – and it should wobble no more.
Make your own ice bags
Try putting a coin or two in an old sock, tying it together and putting in the freezer. Then when an icepack is needed you can remove the sock and wrap it around the injured limb until the swelling goes down.
If you belong to a slightly more creative crowd this tip might be for you. With motivation and a little time, you can, with the help of coins, tile a floor!
I would never have thought of using coins for any of the above.
Please share these genius ideas with your friends and family and encourage more people to keep their coins.