How do you handle making change for egg customers?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by gritsar, Dec 8, 2009.

  1. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    We rarely keep money in our wallets. DH's paycheck and my check are both direct deposited and we use our debit cards for everything.
    A neighbor just came to buy eggs. I only had 3 1/2 dozen to sell him, having sold 5 dozen to another neighbor yesterday and I used up a dozen last night for our supper.
    The neighbor paid me with a $10 bill. I felt bad, because I didn't have change to give him so I told him to just pay me next time. He insisted I take the $10 and hold the change as credit towards his next purchase.
    Maybe I should get say $20 in single bills and keep them for change? Or does the credit thing work better?
    How do you handle making change for your egg customers?
  2. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

    May 25, 2007
    SW Wisconsin
    We have a coffee can for all the egg money and try to keep change in there. We track how much we make so we keep a piece of paper in there and write down any withdrawals.
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  3. PeeperKeeper

    PeeperKeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

    It depends on how well you know your customer.
    We sell eggs on a regular basis and keep a small change box just for the eggs.
    Sometimes, at market, everone has the right change and then like the last time everyone handed us $20 bills!
    I know its hard to keep extra change around during times like thse, but if you plan on keeping a steady run of customers, I suggest you get you a change box and keep it ready with change. It just makes good business practice with no hard feelings.
  4. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

    Feb 11, 2008
    Waterloo, Nebraska
    I have a coffee can too. Most of my eggs I sell at work. I leave the eggs in the fridge and there is a coffee can on top of the fridge that says "egg money" on it. So far we have been OK with the honor system.
  5. PineappleMama

    PineappleMama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Same problem crops up at yard sales. Wasn't a problem when we paid cash for everything, since we just dumped our daily change in a jar. But now we don't do that so much so I have to go to the bank and get $10 worth of quarters and $10 in ones. That's usually enough to get me started. And, once done I just tuck that away as 'mad money' or if you prefer 'milk money' in case it's needed. It sure came in handy when the kids needed lunch or whatnot money for school. I don't write checks, and the school doesn't take cards so cash is the only option. Nice to have a few bucks (even in quarters) tucked away so I don't have to hit the ATM en route... and I don't have to send a whole 20 for a $2 thing either.
  6. Buck Creek Chickens

    Buck Creek Chickens Have Incubator, Will Hatch

    Nov 26, 2008
    Neenah, WI
    I always keep $10 in $1, just to make change and spare coins
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:I know my egg customers very well, this one in particular considering his cows are pastured on our farm. My two biggest customers are both neighbors, that DH has known since he was in diapers.
    The rest are police officers at the PD.
    Guess I'll get some singles next time we go to town.
  8. The Chicken People

    The Chicken People Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2009
    Smithville, Mo
    My DH's boss pays two dollars a dozen...I bring him four dozen he pays with a ten and I always owe him a dozen![​IMG] Not bad but may get harder to keep up with as egg business increases so I better go with hanging on to EGG MONEY! Keep ones and some loose change in a container marked for EggS ONLY! My friend sells me his eggstra eggs for a dollar a dozen![​IMG]

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