Here is a great way to teach kids to count change back. The fact that nobody counts change back anymore is a pet peeve of mine. Make sure your girls know how to do this very simple task. It will help them in the future as well as delighting their customers today!
No one seems to know how to properly count back change anymore. With the tender function on cash registers, clerks type in the dollar amount you give them, and the register tells them the change to give back. This technique results in an announcement of the change amount, a pile of bills delivered to your palm, and the change dumped on top. This leaves you awkwardly trying to dump the change off the bills so you can quickly put your bills away before you are shoved out of the way for the next customer. And then you STILL have to count your own change! Counting change is a lost art that offers a safeguard for the customer, and the clerk, since errors can be made with money sticking together, etc.
Scenario: You receive a $20 bill for a $3.50 cookie purchase.
Lay the bill on the table under a paperweight. This will help should someone claim to have given you a $20 when they really gave you a smaller bill.
Always start by stating the purchase price and then counting the change part back. You want to make up the smaller change up to the dollar level first. Here’s what you say: $3.50, $3.75 (hand them a quarter) and $4.00 (hand them another quarter).
Next step is the bills. You want to make up the smaller bills to the $20. You left off at $4. So next, you say “And one makes $5” while giving them a $1 bill. Then go to the next larger amount which is a $10 bill. Hand them a $5 and say “and $5 makes 10.” Then you’re almost there! Hand them a $10 and say, “And $10 makes $20.” At this point, scoop up the $20 from the table and put it in your safe money bag or box.
There you have it. You have counted back the change from a $20 bill. This ability will ensure more accurate money counts from your booths and never fails to impress your customers!