11 Brilliant Uses for $2 Bills

Have some fun when you spend your cash with these unique bills.

two dollar bills
Updated July 18, 2024
Fact checked

We receive compensation from the products and services mentioned in this story, but the opinions are the author's own. Compensation may impact where offers appear. We have not included all available products or offers. Learn more about how we make money and our editorial policies.

Yes, $2 bills are real U.S. currency, but it may be harder to remember the last time you saw one compared to a $1 bill.

You can use them to buy things just as you would any other denomination, but there is something fun about giving them away or spending them on novel items.

Consider requesting $2 bills from your checking account the next time you go to the bank and try these unique ways to spend them.

If you’re over 50, take advantage of massive discounts and financial resources

Over 50? Join AARP today — because if you’re not a member you could be missing out on huge perks. When you start your membership today, you can get discounts on things like travel, meal deliveries, eyeglasses, prescriptions that aren’t covered by insurance and more.

How to become a member today:

  • Go here, select your free gift, and click “Join Today”
  • Create your account (important!) by answering a few simple questions
  • Start enjoying your discounts and perks!

Important: Start your membership by creating an account here and filling in all of the information (Do not skip this step!) Doing so will allow you to take up 25% off your AARP membership, making it just $12 per year with auto-renewal.

Become an AARP member now


DC Studio/Adobe worker accepting of cash payment

When you go to dinner, you should consider tipping wait staff in cash instead of a credit card as it can get to the waiter instantly, rather than waiting for your card to clear.

Paying with $2 bills is a way to not only pay in cash for a tip but also have a little fun along the way.

Tooth Fairy money

Dallas/Adobe little girl smiling

It can be special for kids to lose a tooth and put it under their pillow for the Tooth Fairy to collect and leave money behind.

Make it even more magical by leaving a rare $2 bill under their pillow instead of change or dollar bills. It’s something they’ll remember.

Special holidays

Pixelbliss/Adobe money gift

You may have special holidays that include giving money to kids for things like Easter, Christmas, Hanukkah, or other holidays.

Add some flair to your cash gifts with $2 bills for friends and family rather than just giving a few dollars for kids and adults.

Resolve $10,000 or more of your debt

Credit card debt is suffocating. It constantly weighs on your mind and controls every choice you make. You can end up emotionally and even physically drained from it. And even though you make regular payments, it feels like you can never make any progress because of the interest.

National Debt Relief could help you resolve your credit card debt with an affordable plan that works for you. Just tell them your situation, then find out your debt relief options.1

How to get National Debt Relief to help you resolve your debt: Sign up for a free debt assessment here. (Do not skip this step!) By signing up for a free assessment, National Debt Relief can assist you in settling your debt, but only if you schedule the assessment.

Try it


ViDi Studio/Adobe cheerful woman celebrating

Another special holiday to celebrate is birthdays. You can add some pizzazz to a cash gift if you include $2 bills in an envelope with a card.

Remember to be careful when sending cash through the mail, as it’s a good target for thieves. Instead, consider cash in birthday cards if you plan to see the giftee in person.

Good luck

Анна Климчук/Adobe clover blossom

You may have heard of the superstition that $2 bills are good luck, so why not believe it?

Think about adding a $2 bill to your wallet the next time you get one, and hold on to it for a while before giving it away when you pay for something in cash to make someone else lucky.

Collector’s item

Prostock-studio/Adobe people together collecting money in box

Most $2 bills are worth their face value, but some $2 bills can get you a pretty penny.

Check your $2 to see if it has any special markings or extra features that could boost the value of your $2 bill.

Deposit them

Syda Productions/Adobe giving cash money to customer

You may like to find $2 bills to hold on to them or perhaps you have someone like a grandparent who likes to give them to you.

If they’re just sitting around at home, it’s a good idea to deposit them in a high-yield savings account or other bank account to help you earn interest.

Crafty gifts

tanaonte/Adobe one dollar origami hearts

Seeing a $2 bill itself is a unique and fun gift, but take it up a notch by using your crafting skills.

Let your imagination help you create something whimsical with the bills when you gift them. For example, you can fold it using origami to make it a decorative gift or add it to a hollow glass tree ornament for a festive Christmas present.

Special giveaways

peopleimages.com/Adobe happy and celebration in home

You may have special incentives for your small company for a job well done or perhaps you’re holding a local raffle to raise money.

Giveaway the cash in $2 bills to make it a fun way to win something.

Earn cash back on everyday purchases with this rare account

Want to earn cash back on your everyday purchases without using a credit card? With the Discover®️ Cashback Debit Checking account (member FDIC), you can earn 1% cash back on up to $3,000 in debit card purchases each month!2

With no credit check to apply and no monthly fees to worry about, you can earn nearly passive income on purchases you’re making anyway — up to an extra $360 a year!

This rare checking account has other great perks too, like access to your paycheck up to 2 days early with Early Pay, no minimum deposit or monthly balance requirements, over 60K fee-free ATMs, and the ability to add cash to your account at Walmart stores nationwide.

Don’t leave money on the table — it only takes minutes to apply and it won’t impact your credit score.

Apply for a Discover Cashback Checking account today

Gift exchange

chika_milan/Adobe friends giving gifts

Another way you can use them at your office is for a gift exchange or a Secret Santa present for a coworker.

It can be a fun cash surprise in a box while still being unusual and special for the giftee.

Spending cash

ptnphotof/Adobe paying cash for a product

Your $2 is legal tender so it’s perfectly fine to spend it when you go out and need to purchase items with cash.

You may get some strange looks, and some cashiers might question if it’s real, but you can assure them that it’s legal.

Bottom line

Comugnero Silvana/Adobe magnifying glass and a dollar

Grab some $2 bills the next time you go to the bank. Have fun spreading them around when you’re out to eat or trying to think of a unique gift.

Receiving extra cash is always more fun for the recipient rather than a boring check.

Choice Home Warranty Benefits

  • First month free
  • Protection for unexpected expense
  • 24/7 claims hotline
  • Network of over 15,000 technicians

Author Details

Jenny Cohen

Jenny Cohen is a freelance writer who has covered a bit of everything, from finance to sports to her favorite TV shows. Her work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and FoxSports.com.