Having a garage sale or heading out as a vendor to a craft fair soon? Cash boxes are necessity, but boy can they get expensive! For most of us non-professional sales event people, a simple way to keep money organized will suffice, and this easy DIY cash box is the perfect solution.
Head to the local dollar store or rummage through your cabinets to find all the supplies you will need, which should set you back no more than $2.
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– Shoe box storage tote
– Disposable cups (4)
Using your shoebox tote to measure for the appropriate size, cut cardstock to fit. If you’re using the standard dollar store or Sterilite type plastic shoe bin (like the one pictured) I will save you some time… cut cardstock to 6’’x8’’ and fold in half. Repeat this step 4-6 times, depending on if you’d like to have extra sleeves for checks, etc.
Tip: If you don’t have cardstock on hand, there are a number of alternatives you can use that will work just as well. Large envelopes, plain printer paper, construction paper, or even one of the thin poster boards from dollar tree are just a few examples.
Tape the ends of the sleeves together, and then the outermost two edges to the bin. This will create an accordion effect and will keep the bill sleeves securely in place.
Arrange four disposable cups (2×2) in cash box next to newly created bill sleeves. Depending on cup size, you may need to cut the height down in order to close the top of the cash box. The cups and sleeves should fit relatively snug together so that there is little movement. Use tape to fasten cups in place for extra security.
Admire your new cash box!
Can you believe how cheap and easy that was?!? Chances are you had almost all the supplies already at home, am I right? You can get fancy and create a cute label for the box, or cover for the sides- but your cash box is officially built and useable 🙂
Tip: Don’t wait until the last minute to get the change for your cash box. Plan to get it the night before so the morning of your event you are not stressing or driving all over town.
Lesson learned the hard way, Starbucks and your local gas stations will not give you change. Go to a bank or grocery store. At least $50 in SMALL bills for change is a safe bet. If possible, opt for more just to be cautious.
So check it off your list of things to do, and get excited to make some money at your next yard sale or craft fair!