Product Type: Star Case Novelty Toy
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Digital Money Counting Jar
Digital Coin Counting Money Jar
Member Name: rji0907
Digital Coin Counting Money Jar
Advantages: Fun, cheap,
Disadvantages: Isn't always accurate with counting
My 8 year old son has a slight obsession with money and will be forever picking up pennies etc off the floor to add to his moneybox. For this reason his great grandma brought him a coin counting jar for Christmas.
The jar base itself is made of clear plastic and does feel a bit cheap and flimsy. It comes with a silver, screw lid in which you have to insert 2x AA Batteries in order for the counter to work. The batteries are inserted in the underside of the lid. On the top of the lid is a digital counter which starts at 0.00 when the batteries are inserted.
There is a good sized coin slot in the middle of the lid with a thick gold bar running horizontally across the middle of the coin slot. The idea is that you insert your coins, one by one, and the bar determines what sized coin you are inserting and the digital counter counts your money for you.
The idea behind this contraption is really good as you will never forget how much money you have in your jar, but there are a couple of flaws with the money jar. For a start, my son found it a little difficult to push the coin through the slot past the gold bar counter as the bar is a little hard to push through, but after a few attempts he did get the hang of it.
The other problem we found was that the counter didn't always register the right coinage. I would say 95% of the time it was correct, but on occasions it had a bit of a malfunction so I don't completely trust the amount on the counter. If you go to insert a coin then take it out and insert it again, it will count the coin twice too.
At present, my son's money jar states that he has £69.25 in it, and I can assure you there is no more than £30.00 in it so god knows where it got this amount from!
Luckily, there is a small reset button on the underside of the lid and I think we are at the stage now where we are going to have to reset the counter and start again. Although the money jar doesn't work as well as we would have liked, it is more of a gimmicky toy than something you use as a serious money counter.
As said, I didn't purchase this myself so I have looked on Amazon for the general price of these money jars and I have found that they cost just £5.49 on Amazon so really for this price, you can't expect much from it and it is a bit of fun, rather than a professional money counter.
Although the plastic base does feel cheap and flimsy, my sons jar is nearly full and it has shown no signs of cracking or breaking at all so it is obviously as flimsy as it feels and it holds the weight ok.
Overall, although this money counting jar isn't without its faults, my son thinks it's fun and has really enjoyed using his. The idea is good though it wouldn't personally be for me as I would like it to be more accurate than it is, but for a child/teenager to keep their money in it is pretty good. It has a decent sized base so it holds a good deal of money but doesn't take up any room as it is only the size of a large coffee jar.
I think a lot of the problems can be resolved with this money jar once you have the knack of inserting the money correctly, but we don't seem to have reached that point yet! The fact that it can be reset is good as if you do have a problem with the counter then at least you can correct it.
As a cheap and cheerful money counter, this comes with a recommendation from me.
Summary: A fun way for kids to save money
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