Monday, January 26, 2015

Counting Change Back

Today, I have a guest post....written by.... my husband.  :)  

He has worked in retail with customers, and has had to keep a cash drawer and maintain a balance. He has stressed to the kids and I the importance of counting back change. I admit that I didn't really know how to do it until he taught me and now I use it every time we have a garage sale and other times, as well. Anyway, here is my husband:

Have you ever been in a situation where you were out shopping somewhere and you were in the line to check out, only to have a power outage happen?  If you were the cashier, would you be able to make change without the use of a cash register or a calculator?

In our day, many people are reliant on computers to do the work for them, and it is rare to have someone count change back to you. Instead, they just put the bills and the coins in your hand with the receipt and that is it. 

If change is counted back correctly, it assures that neither party will come up short in the transaction.
The correct way to count change back to a customer is to first state the amount of the purchase, and for the sake of our illustration, we will make a purchase of $2.57.  If the customer pays with a $20.00 bill, you would say: "$2.57 out of twenty," and then you would count the change back to the customer beginning with the lowest coin. Here is how it sounds....

 "$2.57, out of twenty dollars."

 "Three cents makes $2.60".

"One nickel makes $2.65".

"One dime makes $2.75".

"One quarter makes $3.00"

"2 ones makes $5.00,

      a five makes $10.00.

    and a ten makes  $20.00." 

Counting change back seems difficult, but it is quite easy to learn and with practice, you can do it flawlessly, and assure that you don't lose money.

 This is Gentle Joy again.... counting change back can sound awkward, but after doing it, it really makes sense and it is a great thing to teach to our children. It's one of those very practical things for them to learn.

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  1. SUCH an important skill to know! I love this!!
    So glad you linked up to "Tuesday Talk" - Come back Thursday for "Pincrazy Thursday"~


    1. Thank you.... I'm glad for such a positive comment! I wondered if people would really see this as important, like we do. :) Thank you for visiting and for the wonderful link up.

  2. Great post! When I was a kid growing up we learned in public school (and at home) to count change back. When I taught in Christian school I taught my students to count change back. I think it is sad that is no longer done...apparently...because very seldom do I find anyone counting my change back to me. Thanks for the great illustration!

    1. It is sad... I'm glad my husband taught it to me...and to our children. :) Thank you for visiting and for the comment. :)

  3. What a great skill you and your husband are teaching your family - a skill that has been lost in this world. Sad that schools do not teach children this any more. Excellent tutorial by your husband on how to count back change right!

    1. Thank you... he will be glad to hear this! :) I am so glad to know how to do this... .and it is too bad that such knowledge is not common anymore. Thank you for visiting and sharing this. :)

  4. Great post to you and your husband and what wonderful teamwork :) I worked as a teller at a bank for a few years and there were times the computers would go down and we had to do everything without its assistance - it really teaches you how important it is to know what you're doing and to not rely on computers.

    Thanks for sharing at Roses of Inspiration!

    1. Thank you... my husband really is convinced of this... and he saw different co-workers who would not count back change... and would lose money (the computer is not always right!). He liked it as a double check of things also and I find it a help even as a mom/homemaker. Thank you for your comment... and for the wonderful blog party - I look forward to it each week. :)

  5. Very informative post. I always chuckle when the power goes one knows how to add never back count back change!

    1. That's true.. the whole store usually just has to shut down... Thank you for visiting. :)

  6. Saw this on the City of Links party. This really is animportant skill to have. l normally do this or something similar in my hear, but it would be nice if the person in the store did it too. Diane @ Mrs U Makes.

    1. It really is..... once in a while I find a cashier who counts change back, but it is pretty rare...and usually it is an older person who does it. Thank you for stopping by. :)

  7. It is a lost art! My kids don't know how to do it at all! Would you be willing to share this with us again over at Country Fair Blog Party? We'd be thrilled to have you back again!
    Jan @ Tip Garden

    1. It really is a lost art... thank you for the invite... I did go over and share it.... I was glad to be back there - I have had a bit of trouble with the site sometimes.... finding the right page, knowing the opening day, etc. Thank you for the URL to lead me right to it. :)

  8. I have noticed a few cashiers that have not got this skill. Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!

    1. I have too.... in fact, we don't see too many who do. :) Thank you for visiting... have a nice day.

  9. Thanks for sharing this, I think this is an important skill for all of us to learn. Thanks for linking up at Good Morning Mondays. We went to McDonalds today on the way home from town to get frozen cokes as it was quite hot and we order 5 large with ice cream. They are only $3 each and the girl on the window speaker said that would be $27. Now I worked it out that 5 at $3 each would be $15. When we got to the next window my husband told her this and she couldn't work it out. The computer was telling her something that was wrong and she did not know how to add up the right amount, the Manager came and pointed out that we were right and that she had pressed the wrong button. We need to teach our young people how to work things out without computers and calculators too.Blessings

    1. Wow... that's a big difference... and it illustrates why it is good for us to pay attention also... so glad you caught that and I'm glad they adjusted it. Thank you for visiting. :)