How to Organize Money in a Cash Drawer

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How to Organize Money in a Cash Drawer
An organised cash drawer will help you avoid errors. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Employees who operate a cash register are responsible for the money contained inside the cash drawer. As you work, receiving money for goods and making change, you must count carefully and keep the money organised to ensure you do not make errors. When you start your shift, organise the money in the cash drawer in an orderly fashion. Always place the money the same way in the drawer or you may mix up the 60p bills and the £13 bills.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Arrange the bills in separate denominational stacks so they all face the same way and so they are all face up.

  2. 2

    Place the 60p bills in the far left currency compartment of the drawer. Place the £3 bills to the immediate right of the 60p bills. Place the £6 bills to the immediate right of the £3 bills. Place the £13 bills to the immediate right of the £6 bills.

  3. 3

    Unroll one roll of each coin denomination. Place pennies in the leftmost coin compartment. Place nickels to the right of the pennies, dimes to the right of nickels and quarters to the right of dimes.

  4. 4

    Use any compartments to the right of the £13 bill slot for extra rolls of coins.

  5. 5

    Place £32 bills and £65 bills under the tray of the cash register drawer. Place personal checks, money orders and credit card receipts under the tray also.

  6. 6

    Bundle large bills according to your employer's instructions. For security, employers often require employees to bundle and remove bills when an excess number begins to accumulate. Count the bills to verify the amount, clip them together and transfer them from the cash drawer to a secure storage location. Make a record of the transfer to keep track of the money you remove from the cash drawer.

Tips and warnings

  • Never leave an open cash register unattended and do not allow anyone else to touch the register without your supervision.
  • You may prefer to place the bills in the slots with the 60p bills on the far right and each next larger denomination to the immediate left instead. Many retail establishments place the larger bills farthest away from the customer to help prevent theft.

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