Cash, Loot, Money, Grana, Bucks

How do you keep it straight?

We are the masters of the zip lock bag, but even that beloved little bit of plastic just wasn’t cutting it anymore. Because we regularly travel between the UK, the US and Brazil my pathetic little baggies of leftover change and small bills were becoming unmanageable, not to mention uncool. I can only imagine the mess when we start adding other countries to the list, so I had to finally fix this little problem once and for all.

Is that enough for a cup of coffee?A little internet research led me to a ten pack of ‘silk’ coin purses, just the right size for our little piles of cash!

Our dross includes Euros, American dollars, British pounds, Mexican pesos and Brazilian reais so far. I know I have a couple of pounds from the Bank of Scotland around here somewhere but they’re hiding for now. When they turn up, I have a nice little gold pouch for them.

They’re tiny enough to pop into our little home safe, or to throw one or two (or all of them) into my bag when it’s time to head out to a new country again. No longer do I have to sift through one jumbled lump of mismatched small foreign bills and coins to pay for our coffee. No longer do I have to rifle through my stack of zip-locks before I come up with the right one. Now I just have to grab the right color and I’m ready to fork over our meager spare change for a bite to eat. I just hope I can remember which color belongs to which country. Maybe I can find a tiny little flag charm for each one? Hmm… I’ll keep an eye out.

So how do you handle this? When you have multiple countries on the itinerary and multiple currencies on hand or in your pack, how do you keep it straight?

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A Scotsman and his American photographer wife traveling the world and writing about it. Tales, reviews, photos, interviews and crazy goings on. Because you never know what's going to happen.

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4 Responses to Cash, Loot, Money, Grana, Bucks

  1. Leah
    Twitter: L_e_a_h
    February 12, 2012 at 4:42 pm #

    I hear you about all that money. I have a antique bowl from India sitting in my living room that holds all the our spare bills and change. Brazil, Singapore, Costa Rica, Trinidad & Tobago, Mexico, South Korea, China, South Africa, Japan, UK, and Italy trips have yielded a diverse collection. It’s like a UN piggy bank!
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  2. Peg
    Twitter: kiltandacamera
    February 12, 2012 at 5:39 pm #

    Sounds like a cool display, Leah. I love all the different currencies we have. Some day when we’re old and no longer traveling I’ll try to make some kind of art piece with them to hang on the wall. Memories!
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  3. Tricia February 14, 2012 at 2:36 am #

    I have also resorted to zip lock bags before, but they are only for a small amount of money. I hope there’s a bag or wallet that will have a lot of compartments for various currencies without being bulky.
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    • akil3655
      Twitter: kiltandacamera
      February 14, 2012 at 7:45 am #

      These little purses are good for coins and just a few bills. So many places use $1 coins they always seem to pile up. I’m in Brazil now and it fits nicely in my small purse. I even found a little Brazilian flag charm to attach to the zipper so I know this is the right one. Now to find all the other flag charms! That might be a trick.