Legal tender under the value of a dollar is almost obsolete. Almost, but not quite. There are still several ways your low-denomination money can work for you. Get out your jar of coins and put your money to work with some of these 10 uses for coins.
Tighten a Screw
Most people already know this little handy trick for a dime – it’s just the right width to turn a standard screw. In a pinch, a dime will substitute for a flathead screw driver.
Don’t purchase curtain weights for window draperies or shower curtains, use coins instead. A few pennies tucked inside the drape hems or taped onto the bottom of a shower curtain will keep drapes hanging level or shower curtain from billowing in and out while showering.
Pennies make perfect (and cheap) tile spacers. When installing a new tile floor, stand pennies on-end between the tiles to space them evenly. The on-end pennies are easy to remove when the job is done too.
A nickel is a useful coin when doing a DIY kitchen cabinet remodel. Before fastening the hinges to the new cabinets, place a nickel at the door bottom to ensure there is enough clearance room for the cabinet door to swing open.
A sack, jar or sock of coins makes a perfect door stop to hold a wayward door open. Pretty the door stop up by placing coins in a decorative jar or sew a pretty pouch to put them in or s imply put some coins in an old sock and tie the open end closed to keep the coins from spilling out.
Table Leg Fix
Everyone has a wobbly table in their home and a coin or two can easily fix it. Place coin(s) under the problem table leg and stop the wobble.
When a piece of furniture sets on carpet for a long period of time it leaves indention marks. To remove those indentations, steam the carpet, then fluff the nap up with a quarter. As the moisture from the steam evaporates the carpet fibers with remain upright and the indentation will be gone.
The diameter of a quarter is just a hair under 1 inch. A penny is exactly ¾’s of an inch. And even though it’s not a coin, it’s good to know that a dollar bill is 6 inches.
Pop a Top
Open a soda can without ruining your manicure with a coin. Slip a coin under the rim of any snap-on plastic lid to give you the leverage to pop the top off.
Gauge the tread on your car’s tire with a quarter. Insert a quarter, upside down, into a tread groove. If it covers most of George Washington’s head or hair, your tires have some miles left. If the tread only touches old George’s head, the tread depth is only ¼ of an inch and it’s time to go tire shopping.