personally I put them in a charity collecting tin back in the uk. they get the coins counted by machine and its all worth money at the end of the day
a family member used to work at a local bingo hall. they used to get all manner of non uk coins in the machines pre euro times. it was all saved up and taken to the bank once a year and the value put towards the christmas party for the staff. not usually an insignificant amount either
You need to pop into a local boulangerie early and spend all those coins on croissants, pain au chocolat and pain. They will welcome the change and you will have breakfast sorted for your trip home.
Thanks all, yes would like to spend them but my handbag is heavy enough!! Have just counted all the 20's into piles and got 10 e which is fab but don't fancy putting them in my purse lol
Do banks in England take them? In France would I hv to bag them up like in uk to take them in?...
The Charities Aid Foundation explains that most major charities with a High Street shopping presence will accept foreign currency on site and you can also often donate via your local Post Office Branch to Barnardo's, or at a Marks & Spencers Bureau de Change counter to Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
Big name charities that take foreign currency include Age UK (Help the Aged, Age Concern), Barnardo's and Oxfam, or contact your favoured charity to ask about donating overseas money and they should be able to help.
I've been hoping to find one of those machines like in our Sainsbury's that accepts small coinage and prints a money off voucher for a small percentage fee. I haven't seen one yet in a French supermarket.
Interesting comment about UK charities taking foreign coinage - I didn't realise that.
Well if you use P&O Ferries you can spend them over the counter and they give you the change in sterling!
So needing a couple of quid for the Dartford tunnel Jenny handed over a twenty euro note on Tuesday and ended up with £8.04 in change, looking at the receipt they have an exchange rate of 1.45 robbing gits! even worse is the machines that change your euro's into sterling they give you just 52p per euro!
We normally keep all our euro's notes and coins as we always expect we will be back over the channel before too long.