Millions worth of un-exchanged foreign currency lying around in our homes

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Britons have more than £550 million worth of un-exchanged foreign currency lying around their homes.

According to a poll, the average Briton has the equivalent of £27.13 in foreign currency lying around their home, this means that as much as £551,715,680 worth of foreign currency is lying around unused throughout the UK.

That's a pretty shocking figure!

The study by VoucherCodesPro.co.uk unveiled the potentially worrying trends amongst Britons who return from a holiday where they required a foreign currency.

41% of the total respondents admitted that they still had some foreign currency at home that they hadn't exchanged back to pound sterling.

So why don't Brits exchange their foreign curreny when they return from their holiday?

Top 5 reasons why Brits don't exchange their leftover currency back to pound sterling

1. Decided to keep the money for a future holiday – 27%
2. Exchange rates weren't good, so didn't see the point – 21%
3. Couldn't find the time, or be bothered – 14%
4. Mostly had coins, which I couldn't exchange – 13%
5. Forgot to get the currency exchanged – 7%

According to the poll, the most common types of foreign currency that Britons have lying around the house are Euros (44%), US Dollars (22%) and Turkish Lira (21%).

Although it may be frustrating that travel agents and supermarkets only exchange notes, not coins, it is definitely worth your while exchanging any leftover cash notes and getting some of your hard-earned money back.

Do you have any leftover foreign currency lying around? Let us know in the comments below.

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