Those little piggy banks don't really hold too many coins, but the idea of saving your pennies has been something I've heard since I was little. Over the years, I've been so broke where I couldn't save anywhere near as much as I wanted to. Of course things would just come up that you needed to break into your piggy bank/savings and then sometimes I was starting back from zero.
My most recent savings has been about 8 years in the making. I have a 5 gallon water jug that I would put loose coins in, sometimes if I had a few dollars I'd roll them up and throw them in there too. Of course, coins are heavy, so I knew I wouldn't be moving this. It was time to cash it in.
The coins didn't fill the jug, not by a long shot. It was maybe 1/6th of the way full. Hard to say. I poured the coins into smaller containers that I could carry. It totaled $560 in coins and $35 in bills. Plus last year, I dumped out some coins into one container and that was about $180. $775 in about eight years in just 'extra' coins. Not bad at all considering I don't really use cash!
I am going to bring this large 5 gallon jug with me, and I will continue to throw lose coins in there. It would be great if I can continue to save about $100 a year in pennies, nickles, dimes and quarters! Although quarters are more rare because of needing them for parking or laundry or something. It is money I don't even think about.