If you travel frequently, you may have experienced the uncomfortable moment of returning home and finding yourself with unwanted items from other countries, especially common items such as money or coins. Now that you’re home, the money is useless in your country, so there’s nothing you can do, right? Not true! Luckily for you, we’ve put together a list of some creative ways for you to reuse leftover foreign coins from your trips abroad. Now you don’t have to worry about them collecting dust on your shelves or taking up space in a change jar!
Turn Them into Fridge Magnets: Some coins are aesthetically pleasing and can be turned into decorative items. If you’re feeling crafty and want to try this option out, you will need to collect some materials, such as magnets and some type of adhesive to affix the magnets to the coin. You’ll be surprised with what you can make with a few supplies and just a few minutes of your time. Keep the magnets on your fridge as a reminder of your times travelling abroad!
Donate to the Less Fortunate: Charity is very important and we should always try to impact the world in a positive way. If you have no use for your leftover foreign coins, consider donating them to help others. UNICEF accepts any form of currency and uses it to help the less fortunate. All you have to do is mail the coins to them in a padded envelope.
Sell Them Online: On the other hand, if you are struggling after spending too much during your trip, it may be time to take advantage of your leftover coins. Collectors are everywhere and they are always searching for coins to add to their set, so you’re likely to make a profit if you sell your coins online. Amazon is a great tool if you go this route. Browse around to see what other coins are selling for and then price yours reasonably when you put them up for sale.
Give Them to Someone Who Can Use Them: Check to see if any of your friends or family are planning to travel to the country you visited any time soon. If so, you could give them your leftover coins for some extra spending money.Another option is to give them to a teacher, if you know one. They could use the coins for teaching purposes with their students. History and English teachers could use them as a creative aide to go along with lessons and stories from that specific country.
Give Them As Gifts: Consider your friends or family that would enjoy receiving a foreign coin. Maybe they are history buffs or fellow world travelers. Think about giving the coins as a gift to children, too. Young kids would be fascinated with the coins since they could hold something from another country in their hands! It would make a great surprise, one they’ll surely treasure longer than another toy.