How to Organize a Cash Register Drawer

by Tracy Alt ; Updated September 26, 2017
Organize a cash register drawer for maximum efficiency.

There are many situations in which you might find yourself responsible for handling money. Perhaps you work in a business that requires you to run a cash register. Perhaps you are involved in a fundraiser and have been put in charge of collecting donations. Whatever the situation, it is important to keep your cash register drawer organized. It will make it easier for you to make change and to count the money for accounting purposes, and it will help ensure your register balances at the end of the day.

Sort the bills by denomination. Arrange each stack of bills so they all face the same direction, with the front of each bill facing up.

Place the stack of 1s in the slot of the cash drawer furthest to the left. Place 5s in the next slot, 10s in the next and 20s in the slot furthest to the right.

Place any bills larger than a 20 and all checks received in the compartment beneath the cash drawer.

Use paper clips or rubber bands to store bills in larger groups. Group 1s and 5s in sets of $25. Group 10s and 20s in sets of $100. Store the clipped sets in the compartment under the cash drawer.

Separate coins by denomination and place each pile in a separate section of the cash drawer. Start with pennies on the far left, nickels next, then dimes and finally quarters on the far right.

Use coin rolls to contain excess coins. Store the coin rolls in the compartment underneath the drawer.

Open only one coin roll at a time to make it easier to count the coins at the end of the day.

Tips

  • As you collect money, place the bills facing the same direction in the appropriate section of the drawer to keep it organized.

    As you get an excess amount of any particular bill, clip the excess bills together in a set of either $25 or $100 and move it to the compartment under the drawer.

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