Product Type: Star Case Novelty Toy
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Digital Coin Counting Money Jar
Member Name: i_am_joy
Digital Coin Counting Money Jar
Advantages: Accurately counts all UK coins, a nice visual way of watching your loose change mount up
Disadvantages: Counter resets to zero when the batteries fail
I was given my Digital Coin Counting Money Jar by my sister, for a time they were available through the Avon catalogue and as she is a long time representative she ended up with a couple of freebies to use as demonstrators. Of course, the Avon brand is far more pushy than my dear old sister so she never got around to demonstrating the Jar to anyone - even so, managing to sell dozens of the gadgets.
The Jar is basically a technologically advanced (to a degree) money box. Powered by 2 x AA batteries, you simply put your coins through the slot and the jar will recognise the denomination and keep a running total on the easy to read display.
I find it useful, although this is obviously not the kind of gadget you will find improves your life to any large degree. I find it handy to know roughly how much is in the jar, although personally I tend to save until it's reasonably full so knowing the amount isn't strictly neccessary. When I first received the jar it was fun to watch the display changing to reflect the coins I had fed in, but now I barely glance at the amount as the novelty has worn off.
The jar will accept and count all current UK coins, that's everything from 1p pieces to £2 coins. If you try and cheat by using foreign coins you may find you spoil your running tally as it will sometimes count a foreign coin as its nearest sized UK coin. Likewise Euros, some will be counted as £1 coins and others will slip through unnoticed by the jar so do watch the display if you are adding any of those to your savings.
I cannot tell you how much the jar will hold as this will obviously depend on the value of coins you are saving. I filled mine recently with silver and pound coins and it held a little over £120, while my sister uses hers for copper only and she estimates it will hold roughly £40 when full.
The entire gadget is made from a very tough plastic, it has an attractive modern yet functional design which means it wouldn't look out of place in any home or office. I doubt it would survive a drop from a great height, although frankly once even half full with coins it would be a struggle for me to even lift it high enough.
There is a reset button for when you empty your jar and this will sent the counter back to zero ready for you to start saving again. The one and only irritating aspect to the Coin Counting Money Jar is that if your batteries should die the digital display loses its memory and resets to zero. I am terrible for trying to use Poundland batteries, despite years of proof that they are usually about powerful enough to power a computer mouse (for a few minutes). Yes, they lasted less than a week in the jar so I definitely recommend some good quality batteries if you don't want to be losing your cash total.
Would I recommend this gadget? Well, yes I would. I think it would be perfect as a child's money box as what bigger incentive to keep saving than to see the amount in black and white? Actually, it depends on the price as to whether or not I would recommend. I have seen the exact same Coin Counting Money Jar for as little as £4 offline, rising to £10 and more. For around the lowest price range I think the jar is excellent value, although I personally would not have paid more than around £5 for it.
Summary: Perhaps more useful as a savings aid for children.
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