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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Found a Penny in the Dirt

Today I had to ship some Etsy items I sold so went to the post office. Score. No lines! Then I ran to the bank. On the way home, I parked in a church parking lot and got the trusty magnet and my junk bag from the trunk. I walked around and well, didn't find a whole lot.

The church bordered a tree farm/nursery so I walked the little alley between the two, and I mostly just enjoyed the peace and quiet. You'd never think you were in the middle of a big city like Phoenix. I wish I lived there! Anyway, I did find a penny in the dirt. No picture. It's not terribly remarkable looking. It looks like a penny.

This Found Money FACTS:
Denomination:  1 penny
Year:  1994
 U.S. Mint:   D
Condition:  dirty but still very coppery
How much found money to date: $3.73 in 2011

Monday, November 28, 2011

Found Three Pennies While Running Errands

Today I ran to the post office, Dollar Tree, and OMG, Wal-mart. It wasn't as bad as I thought. Got in and out fairly quickly. But this is a first--I found a penny at all three places!

Are you cyber shopping today? I'm not, so far.

Have you found any money you need to share with us? Please do!

This Found Money FACTS:
Denomination:  3 pennies
Year:  1968, 1974, 1994
 U.S. Mint:   D, none, D
Condition:  well worn
How much found money to date: $3.72 in 2011

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Found a Penny on the Floor at Fresh and Easy

I rarely find money in the actual street. I should have thought about that before I named this blog. Oh well.

Today I went to the post office, scoured the floor, but no money. Then I hit Fresh and Easy for a few things and found a penny on the floor as I was checking out. Hip hip hooray!

Tell me about the money you've found!

This Found Money FACTS:
Denomination:  1 penny
Year:  1982
 U.S. Mint:   D 
Condition:  well worn
How much found money to date: $3.69 in 2011

Friday, November 25, 2011

Found 38 Cents on a Walk

Today I am boycotting Black Friday by not going to any stores (so far anyway). I don't plan to either. I am the kind of person who goes to Wal-mart in the middle of the day in the middle of the week to avoid as many people as possible. Shopping on Black Friday is just asking for it, to me.

So, after piddling around here this morning, doing some cleaning, goofing off online, you know the drill, I decided to go for a walk. I found that little pile of money! Yay!

This Found Money FACTS:
Denomination:  3 pennies, 1 dime, 1 quarter
Year:  1993, 2006, 2010, 2005, 1982
 U.S. Mint:   none, D, D, P, none
Condition:  all kinda dirty
How much found money to date: $3.68 in 2011

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thankful for Finding Two Cents at Love's

I drove to Tucson today to my daughter's for Thanksgiving. On the way, I stopped to get some more gas, even though I'd just bought gas earlier in the week. I decided to top it off and besides, I had to go wee wee.

As I entered the Love's gas station building, I spotted two pennies on the floor.

We ate too much, played with the little ones, and generally had a great Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

This Found Money FACTS:
Denomination:  2 pennies
Year:  2004, 2011
 U.S. Mint:   D, D
Condition:  a tad tarnished, shiny and like new
How much found money to date: $3.30 in 2011

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Found Two Cents and a Bus Token from Sheboygan

That's right. A Sheboygan, Wisconsin bus token in Phoenix. I have no idea how it got here, but someone lost it and I found it. I ran out to the post office, the pet store, and the bank and found two pennies and that bus token. Score!

Okay, the question today (not that many people ever answer them) is have you ever been to Sheboygan, Wisconsin? And if so, YAY!, have you ever used a Sheboygan bus token/ridden a Sheboygan bus? (Can you tell I like the name Sheboygan?)

This Found Money FACTS:
Denomination:  2 pennies
Year:  1978, ?
 U.S. Mint:   D, ?
Condition:  just fine, a mess
How much found money to date: $3.28 in 2011

Monday, November 21, 2011

Found a Penny at the Gas Station

Today I had to take my cat to the vet and leave her to have some teeth pulled. I hate when that happens, especially since one of their instruments broke and they couldn't do the dental work today. Argh! They had Scarlett all ready to go with an IV in her poor little leg and everything. I'm just glad she didn't get put under since they couldn't have done what they needed to do. But man, isn't that pink bandage with purple hearts cute!?

I rarely fill up my gas tank because I rarely drive. I mean I drive here and there but since I work from home, I don't drive to work every day. I might drive to the post office or the grocery store or whatever a few days a week and it's usually just a few miles round trip.

Even though I don't have to fill up very often (once every 3 weeks is my average), I still like to get a good deal. I'd passed an ARCO gas station on the way to the vet's advertising regular unleaded for $3.15 a gallon. I went back there on my way home. As I was filling up, I spotted a penny on the ground. Yay!

I have two questions for you:  Where do you find money? How much is gasoline where you live?

This Found Money FACTS:
Denomination:  1 penny
Year:  1991
 U.S. Mint:   D
Condition:  fair to middlin'
How much found money to date: $3.26 in 2011

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Found Seven Cents

Today I was feeling creaky. Some days I get out of bed and am stiff and sore, which is one of the negatives of getting old, but it beats the alternative. But I usually loosen up. Today I wasn't loosening up, so I decided to put on my tennis shoes and take a walk.

Before I even left the condo complex, I found the two pennies in the photo that are shiny. Then I found the other five filthy dirty pennies while walking around the hood. They are so worn down and dirty that I can't read the dates on them.

Have you found any money lately?

This Found Money FACTS:
Denomination:  7 pennies
Year:  1993, 1995, the other 5 = ??
 U.S. Mint:   D, D,  who knows, who knows, who knows, who knows, who knows
Condition:  2 shiny, 5 filthy dirty and unreadable
How much found money to date: $3.25 in 2011

Thursday, November 17, 2011

9 Cents for the Found Money Jar

Today I went to the post office and Dollar Tree. Since they are across the street from each other, I parked in the parking lot for Dollar Tree and crossed a busy street to the post office (then back again). No biggie, but while walking I found 4 pennies and 1 nickel! Yippie!

Have you found any money lately?

This Found Money FACTS:
Denomination: 4 pennies, 1 nickel
Year:  1964, 1982, 2007, 1979
 U.S. Mint:  none, none, D, none, none
Condition:  some shiny, one filthy dirty
How much found money to date: $3.18 in 2011

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Found Money -- Three Pennies at Fresh and Easy

After volunteering today, I headed over to Fresh and Easy. They've started a new program where customers swipe a Fresh and Easy card when you check out. And with the card, they have your address and they've been sending coupons in the mail. A really good one was expiring today so I used it! Buy one bakery item, get one free. So I got two chocolate croissants! Yum.

Anyway, about the found money. I found two pennies in the parking lot and one when I walked into the store! Yay! I decided not to take a picture today since we all know what three pennies look like.

Have you found any money lately?

This Found Money FACTS:
Denomination: 3 pennies
Year:  2010, 1998, ?
 U.S. Mint:  D, none, ?
Condition:  Shiny, tarnished, a mess
How much found money to date: $3.09 in 2011

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Arby's Parking Lot + Me = 2 Pennies

Yes, that's right. I went to Arby's today and found 2 pennies in the parking lot! Yay!  This is quite a streak of found money I've been having lately. Nice.

I painted this bad boy (turkey card) the other day. Sad. Some lucky sap is going to get this in the mail before next Thursday.

Have you found any money lately?

This Found Money FACTS:
Denomination: 1 pennies
Year:  2007, 2008
 U.S. Mint:  D, D
Condition:  Kinda dirty
How much found money to date: $3.06 in 2011

Monday, November 14, 2011

Took a Walk, Found 10 Pennies

Today I took a walk and found, in total, 10 pennies! Wooo heee!

I found 3 in one spot, 2 in another, but all the rest were lonesome little fellers sitting in the dirt all by themselves. I didn't clean them. See how dirty they are? Yuck. Good enough for my found money jar though.

What about you? Have you found any money lately?

This Found Money FACTS:
Denomination: 10 pennies
Year:  too many to list and I can't read most of them (worn away and very dirty)
 U.S. Mint:  ??
Condition:  One is shiny, the others are filthy dirty, scratched, worn.
How much found money to date: $3.04 in 2011

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Found Two Cents in an Alley

I have become a vagrant. Well, not really, but I took my magnet on  a stick down an alley again today. This time I went across from the library behind some stores. I found these two pennies (plus a whole lot of junk like bits of tin, rusty nails, etc.). Fun! One of the dumpsters had a treasure trove of junk in front of it. I'm thinking when the garbage truck picks up those dumpsters, quite a bit of little stuff falls out onto the ground.

While I was searching, I spotted these two pennies! One of the pennies is such a mess that the front of it is so worn away that I can't see anything on it.

This Found Money FACTS:
Denomination: 2 pennies
Year:  1975, ?
 U.S. Mint:   none and can't read
Condition:  Tarnished, a mess--very dinged up
How much found money to date: $2.94 in 2011

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Found a Penny in the Parking Lot at Fresh and Easy

Today on my way in to Fresh and Easy, I spotted a penny in the parking lot. It's mine now!

This Found Money FACTS:
Denomination: 1 penny
Year:  1991
 U.S. Mint:   D
Condition:  Scratched, dinged up
How much found money to date: $2.92 in 2011

Friday, November 11, 2011

Found a Penny on a Walk

I took another walk today, down a different alley and I spotted this penny. Yay! Nothing too eventful but I'm always happy to add to my found money jar.

This Found Money FACTS:
Denomination: 1 penny
Year:  1988
 U.S. Mint:   D
Condition:  Okey dokey
How much found money to date: $2.91 in 2011

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Magnet Walk Nets Phoenix Woman a Penny and a Dime

Today I decided to get out and enjoy this cool weather. I grabbed my industrial strength magnet (that's it in the photo... it's a strong magnet on a stick. I love it!) and took off. I went down an alley figuring I'd get fewer stares. Well, turns out I also found tons of junk that way! I found tons of rusty nails and what not.

It's such a satisfying sound when a piece of metal clinks and attaches to the magnet. I found this penny next to a garbage can.

I kept going and kept finding stuff:  bottle caps, pieces of wire, part of a tiny saw blade, even a railroad tie and yes, the magnet picked it up! Then I found a dime next to another garbage can.

Note to self:  Check the ground around garbage cans for coins.

Any luck finding money for you?

This Found Money FACTS:
Denomination: 1 penny, 1 dime
Year:  2004, 1981
 U.S. Mint:  D, D
Condition:  Shiny for having been in an alley, dirty like it's been in an alley
How much found money to date: $2.90 in 2011

Monday, November 7, 2011

My Latest Found Money: Two Cents

I had to hit the Dollar Tree today for more packing tape. While I was checking out, I found a penny. Then when I got home I found another penny in the parking lot. It is scratched though that I can't make out the year. It's 1980 something. I can't tell.

The photo shows some very rudimentary watercolors I've been painting. Pitiful but it's fun.

Have you painted any bunnies or horses lately? Or found any money lately?

This Found Money FACTS:
Denomination: 2 pennies
Year:  1993, 198?
 U.S. Mint:  D, ?
Condition:  worn and dirty, scratched
How much found money to date: $2.79 in 2011

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Found Money at Goodwill

Today I went to Goodwill (okay, two Goodwills--it's half off day). At the first one, on the way out I spotted this penny! Yay. At least the trip wasn't a total wash. The store had trouble with their cash registers and the checkout lines were backed up half way to the back of the store. I put the blouse and poker chips back and left.

Have you found any money lately?

This Found Money FACTS:
Denomination: 1 penny
Year:  2001
 U.S. Mint:  D
Condition:  shiny
How much found money to date: $2.77 in 2011

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Eleven Cents at Frys

I stopped by Fry's grocery store today after I went to the post office to mail a book I sold on Amazon and to ship an Etsy item I sold. Then I hit a yard sale. I don't go to yard sales in the heat of summer. I have no idea if people even have yard sales here in the summer, but I seriously doubt it. The weather in Arizona in the Fall, Winter, and Spring is much more conducive to yard sales (or being outside at all). I found this cute crocheted potholder at the yard sale. Check out my Squidoo article Vintage Potholders to see more of these beauties. I just love them!

Then I went to Fry's. I was just going to get some milk to make potato soup tonight but of course ended up getting a cart and stocking up on stuff they had on sale. Since it's cooled off, soup sounds really good. I made vegetable beef soup over the weekend, but it's all gone. So, when I went to check out, I spotted the dime in a check out lane. Then as I was leaving the store, I saw this penny! I snatched them right up.

What kind of money have you found lately?

This Found Money FACTS:
Denomination: 1 penny, 1 dime
Year:  1986, 2008
 U.S. Mint:  P, D (Did you see that? The dime has a P mint mark!! The dime was minted in Philadelphia! I rarely find coins with the P mark!!!)
Condition:  shiny, tarnished
How much found money to date: $2.76 in 2011

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Volunteered, Post Office, Library, Grocery Store and I found a penny!

Today I actually got to Learning Ally ON TIME. That's the first time that's happened in months. Anyway, I volunteered (read a textbook called PSYCH) then went to the post office then to the library. Finally, I went to Fresh and Easy for a few things. And look what I found. Yes, a penny!

It was in the change tray of an out-of-order cash register. Customers ring up their own orders there; they don't have cashiers. So, I grabbed it because I check out all the change trays when I think of it.

I also added the penny to the found money jar and took a new picture of it. It had been months since I'd done that. It's up there, to left. The jar is full (well, it's actually half full) of change and is getting really heavy!

In addition to finding money, I love to win stuff. I enter giveaways on blogs when I see them. Last week I won something that I'll show you when it arrives. You'll have to wait till I get it and try it out. But there is another giveaway and if I mention it in a blog, I can enter again. So, I'm mentioning it here!

You can enter to win one of three Zentangle (doodling, man, doodling!) sets from I Am the Diva, a certified Zentangle instructor. The deadline is November 30, 2011.

Have you found any money lately?

This Found Money FACTS:
Denomination: 1 penny
Year:  1981
 U.S. Mint:  D
Condition:  fine, just fine
How much found money to date: $2.65 in 2011

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