On Change Bowl
We used to have a coin jar but now use our debit cards for nearly every purchase so there's no change around the house. We aren't charged a transaction fee for using our debit cards -- but our bank (TD in Canada) has a savings plan where you can essentially charge yourself a fee for each transaction (up to $5.00 per transaction) which is automatically transferred to a savings account. It's surprising how quickly our $0.50 per debit transaction adds up.
@Mike Dang Thanks Mike. That's a great short.
Forgot to ask -- who did the painting at the top of the article?
I second what kellyography said. Fabulous writing.
Not sure how it is in the States (Canadian here) but if you buy something from a large store using your debit card you can get cash out at the same time for no fee. I do this all the time as my bank is about 20kms away but my grocery store is just down the street. If I need cash, I tag on the extra amount to my payment and receive it from the cashier.