What do we do with old money?
September 6, 2013 11:54 PM Subscribe
We have a collection of old foreign money that we'd like to get rid of. What's the best thing to do with it? Complicating factors: not that old, not that much, not exactly a curated collection, we're in Canada.
posted by jacquilynne to Work & Money (17 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
This is basically a tourist collection - bits of change and a few bills from a variety of European and other non-Canadian countries. A fair bit of it is pre-Euro Deutschmarks, which still have value and can be exchanged, but there aren't enough of them to make it worth our time to try to do it.
I know there are programs like UNICEF's Change For Good that encourage tourists to donate their current coinage, but this is older stuff, mostly from the 80s and 90s. Are there charities that would like to take this and sort it out and cash in whatever is worth something? Ideally in Vancouver? Or at least Canada?
If no charity wants our dusty lucre, what else might we do with it? Who would want it?
We've considered Freecycle, though we realize it might violate the no money changing hands policy if we try to give away actual money. Just throwing money away seems weird.