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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Found Two Pennies in Home Depot Change Tray

Today I volunteered then ran some errands. I went to the bank, then the Dollar Tree, then to Home Depot. I needed a new AC filter (so I got two). 

When I was paying, I went to a self-checkout lane and in the tray were these two pennies! It still amazes me that people leave change behind.

This Found Money Facts:
Denomination:  2 pennies
Year: 2007, 2012
U.S. Mint:  D, D
Condition:  a bit tarnished, very shiny
Total Found Money to Date for 2012:  $6.17

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Found a Dime by the Recycling Dumpster

I had to go to the post office this morning so on my way out, I took the bags of trash and recycling. I don't tend to take out the recycling very often, maybe once or twice a week. Well, today was my lucky day! 

Beside the recycling dumpster was this dime! I photographed it next to some things I'll be listing on Etsy.

Have you found any coins or bills recently? 

This Found Money Facts:
Denomination:  1 dime
Year: 2007
U.S. Mint:  D
Condition:  shiny, just a little dirty
Total Found Money to Date for 2012:  $6.15

Friday, May 25, 2012

Took a Walk, Found a Penny

I went out to check the mail about 6:30 and realized it's sort of cool here. That's not saying much, but it's 90 degrees F instead of 100+ so it feels cool. So sad. 

But I do like to walk and decided to move a bit. So, I took a walk and found a penny! Two coins in one day. Yay!

This Found Money Facts:
Denomination:  1penny
Year: 1975
U.S. Mint:  D
Condition:  very black and dirty
Total Found Money to Date for 2012:  $6.05

Found a Dime at Trader Joe's

Today I had to run some errands. Actually, I only had to run one:  Mail some things at the post office. Last week I'd gone to this same post office and spotted what looked like a nickel (it was round and shiny and silver) under the counter. It was right in front of the middle clerk station, but I didn't go to that postal clerk and didn't really think I should butt the customer there out of the way. So, I left it and wondered if anyone would find it. As of today, no one had!

So, today only one clerk was on duty; she was to the left of the "nickel." She called me up, I mailed my packages, then on the way out I slid this thing out from under the counter. Guess what it was? No, it wasn't a nickel after all. It was one of those round, flat batteries. Dang. No wonder no one had snagged it!

Off I went to Trader Joe's. I didn't really need anything, but I wanted a bottle of 3 Buck Chuck. So I grabbed a bottle and some Trader Joe's coffee and headed up to pay. On the floor near the register I spotted this dime! Yay!


I made the two little kitties, who are posing by the dime, from a pattern in this book, Microcrafts: Tiny Treasures to Make and Share.

What are you all doing for Memorial Day? I'm staying home, writing some articles, and watching movies. Hope we all spot some money though whatever we do!

This Found Money Facts:
Denomination:  1 dime
Year:  2006
U.S. Mint:  D
Condition:  kinda dirty
Total Found Money to Date for 2012:  $6.04

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Found a Penny at Fry's

Today I ran to Fresh and Easy to check out their deals. I knew I'd also have to go to Fry's, but when I was ready to pay, I couldn't find my credit card. Crap! I emptied my purse, and it wasn't in there. If I couldn't find it, I wouldn't be going to Fry's. 

I knew the last place I used it was yesterday Goodwill. So, I tried to pay for my groceries using my debit card, but I never use it and couldn't remember my pin. I tried three different ones and then I got the big fat message saying "three strikes, you're out." Luckily I had enough cash with me, so I paid and headed over to Goodwill. I figured they closed at 5 or 6 p.m. on Sunday. It was after 6, of course.

When I got there, the lights were on and someone was mopping the floor. Several other people thought they were still open and came to the door and tried it, but it was locked. I knocked on the window and told the guy I had a question. He was nice enough to come over and open the door. I told him my name and that I thought I'd left my credit card there the day before. He went to get the manager and then was back in a few minutes. He said she had it and would bring it out in about 5 minutes. Hooray! 

I got my credit card and headed over to Fry's. Man, was I relieved, let me tell you.

It was really my lucky day. First I found that nickel in the parking lot then I got my credit card back and I spotted a penny on the floor at Fry's. Woo hoo!

Have you had any lucky days lately? Let us know! 

This Found Money Facts:
Denomination:  1 penny
Year:  2003
U.S. Mint:  D
Condition:  fair to middlin'
Total Found Money to Date for 2012:  $5.94

Found a Nickel in the Parking Lot

Today I took the trash out and spotted this nickel in the parking lot! Someone had dumped some trash (looked like dog food and miscellaneous junk) and this coin was in with it. Score!

I washed it off then took its picture with this vintage ribbon that I'm listing in my Etsy shop. It's so purty! 

Which one is your favorite? Red daisies? Blue roses? Yellow and orange zig zags?

This Found Money Facts:
Denomination:  1 nickel
Year:  2000
U.S. Mint:  D
Condition:  very shiny
Total Found Money to Date for 2012:  $5.93

Saturday, May 19, 2012

A Concert Then Found Two Pennies

Today I went to watch my granddaughter play the keyboard at her piano concert. It was lovely! She played so well!

Then we all went to In and Out Burger where I spotted a penny on the floor! 

Then I headed to Goodwill (half off day) and as soon as I walked in the door, I saw a penny on the floor. I scooped it up and headed toward the back to look at linens and junk (it's all junk, ya know, but I only pick out the good junk to take home).  

Once home, I posed the pennies next to my two Peggy banks. 

This Found Money Facts:
Denomination:  2 pennies
Year:  1971, 1997
U.S. Mint:  D, D
Condition:  both are tarnished but fine
Total Found Money to Date for 2012:  $5.88

Friday, May 18, 2012

Found a Penny on a Walk

Today I had to run to the post office. No money.

Then I went to Dollar Tree for a few things. No money.

Then since it was morning and hadn't hit 90 degrees yet, which is relatively cool for these parts these days, I took a little walk. I found a penny! 

Oh, the cat? This cat lives in the complex and was laying on the ground just begging to get her picture taken. So I did.

Have you found any money lately? Please share!

This Found Money Facts:
Denomination:  1 penny
Year:  1997
U.S. Mint:  D
Condition:  pretty dirty
Total Found Money to Date for 2012:  $5.86

Found a Penny at the Library

I found a penny yesterday at the Scottsdale library but I forgot to add it here till this morning. Oh well! 

The penny was on the floor by the information desk. I walked over there to ask about Cultural Passes and saw it lying there. Yay! 

This Found Money Facts:
Denomination:  1 penny
Year:  1975
U.S. Mint:  D
Condition:  nice and tarnished
Total Found Money to Date for 2012:  $5.85

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Found Four Cents Today!

Today I volunteered (it's Wednesday, don't ya know?) and then hit the library. No coins. 

Then I got a wild hair to take the magnet for a walk. I know, I'm crazy. It was probably 100 degrees. Hot. But I only walked down one alley about a block's worth and back. Right away I spotted a bunch of small junk on the ground beside a garbage can. In the pile were these four pennies! 

I didn't find too much good stuff with my magnet today, but that's okay. The money was enough. 

This Found Money Facts:
Denomination:  4 pennies
Year:  ?, ?, 2000, 2011
U.S. Mint:  ?, ?, none, D
Condition:  range from crummy to shiny
Total Found Money to Date for 2012:  $5.84

Friday, May 11, 2012

Found a Penny in a Healing Garden

Well, I don't know about you but I thought I was never going to find another coin! Finally!

My friend Barb told me about a place they went for a World Tai Chi day, the Franciscan Renewal Center in Scottsdale. She said the grounds were very pretty and she thought it was okay to just go and walk around. So, being a little antsy this morning, I did.

I should have gone earlier because it was 11:30 when I got there and it was hot already. Probably 90, which is nothing compared to the 110+ days we'll be having but still, to be outside, walking around, it's hot. 
Anyway, near the front parking lot where I parked, there was a healing garden, so I took myself over there and walked around the paths. The archway photo shows the entrance. It was nice--lots of paths bordered with stones and flowers and of course, cactus.

Several seating areas were arranged for people who go on retreats there, I'm sure, to sit and reflect or to think or to balance their checkbooks. You know, just a place to sit. Near one of the benches around a little fountain I spotted this penny! I debated whether to take it but it was just lying on the ground. It wasn't like it was sitting on an altar or something.

I also saw more lizards in one place than I've ever seen before. Weird. And they were big boys! Here's one. Check out his tail!

Have you found any money lately?

This Found Money Facts:
Denomination:  1 penny
Year:?
U.S. Mint:  ?
Condition:  tarnished, green in places
Total Found Money to Date for 2012:  $5.80

Friday, May 4, 2012

Found a Penny in a Parking Lot

Today I went to Learning Ally for training on the V-Text system. Some books are available electronically from the publisher so can go straight to voice-activated speech but the figures, photographs, or graphics aren't described. That's where the volunteers come in. Through the V-Text program we type in a description that can then be "read" by the automatic voice.

Someone else was doing the training, and we didn't really learn much. I'll get some more training and maybe it'll make a little more sense.

When I was done, I headed over to an office complex with a little pond. It's shaded and I wanted to take some pictures of the turtles, like this one! Isn't he cute? There were at least five turtles swimming around. Very peaceful.

When I was walking back to my car, I found a penny in the parking lot! Yay!

This Found Money Facts:
Denomination:  1 penny
Year: 1991
U.S. Mint:  D
Condition:  tarnished
Total Found Money to Date for 2012:  $5.79

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Found a Penny at Fry's

Today I went to Fry's (grocery store) and I spotted a penny on the floor by the Deli counter while waiting for my chicken tenders.


This Found Money Facts:
Denomination:  1 penny
Year:  2010
U.S. Mint:  D
Condition:  tarnished
Total Found Money to Date for 2012:  $5.78

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Back to Normal -- I Found a Penny

Found money nearly brimming from the found money jar!
Well, things are officially back to normal. Today I went to the post office and then to Fresh and Easy. I didn't find any bills. Dang it!

But while I was checking out I spotted this penny on the floor by the register. I'll take it! The photo shows the penny on top of the dollar bills in the found money jar. It's almost to the top so I'll have to find another (bigger) jar soon!

This Found Money Facts:
Denomination:  1 penny
Year:  2002
U.S. Mint:  D
Condition:  tarnished
Total Found Money to Date for 2012:  $5.77

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