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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Found a Nickel at Fresh and Easy

Today I finished making some tin can men for the people who ran the studio where I volunteered. There's a farewell party Saturday so I had to have them ready and just got them done.

Tonight I watched a couple of cute kiddos and on the way home stopped at Fresh and Easy. I scoped out most of the change trays and in one, I found this nickel! (It's in front of the mushroom tin can man with springs for legs. Why springs? Why not?)

This Found Money FACTS:
Denomination:  1 nickel
Year:  1980
U.S. Mint:   D
Condition: still shiny after all these years
Total found money to date in 2013:  $.72


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Found Three Pennies on a Walk

Today I took a short walk around the neighborhood. I really didn't walk very far, but as I was approaching home, I spotted a penny in the street. I walked on, and then in front of a house a few doors down, I saw the other two pennies in the street behind a truck!

I posed the three pennies on my "new" coffee table. I found this little wooden chest Saturday at Goodwill. I just love it! Scarlett, my cat, is trying to get in on the action. See her paw?


Here's another shot of it. Isn't adorable!? I don't have much space and it's small and already a mess so it's perfect! I'm not much for new stuff since it doesn't seem to stay looking new very long for me.

This Found Money FACTS:
Denomination:  3 pennies
Year:  1992, 2011, ?
U.S. Mint:   D, D, ?
Condition: 2011 is very shiny with a little tarnishing, 1992 is tarnished, ? is dinged up and tarnished
Total found money to date in 2013: $.67

Monday, January 28, 2013

Found a Penny at the Dollar Store

Today I went to the dollar store but on the way there, I couldn't remember what I wanted to get. Does that ever happen to you? I figured walking around I'd remember. I didn't, but I did manage to choose nine items I just had to have. 

I spotted a penny on the floor so it was worth the trip!

This Found Money FACTS:
Denomination:  1 penny
Year:  1999
 U.S. Mint:   D
Condition: just a little tarnished
Total found money to date in 2013: $.64

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Found a Penny Outside Fresh and Easy

Today I stopped at Fresh and Easy. On the way into the store, I saw a penny on the sidewalk. It's mine now!

This Found Money FACTS:
Denomination:  1 penny
Year:  1994
 U.S. Mint:   D
Condition: tarnished
Total found money to date in 2013: $.63

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Found 12 Cents at the Library

Today I went to volunteer. For the last time. Learning Ally (formerly known as Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic) is closing the Phoenix studio this Friday. Sad day. So, I did a little work, but the other volunteers and I sat around and talked and reminisced about the place, about how sad it is that we won't be able to go there any more, and talked about what other volunteering opportunities there are. We'll see.

Then I ran a bunch of errands. At the Scottsdale library, I spotted these two pennies under one of the self-checkout stations. Then I went to the customer service desk to have my movies opened (they put newer movies in a hard plastic case that they have to unlock). Under the counter there, I found this dime!


This Found Money Facts:
Denomination:  2 pennies, 1 dime
Year:  1996, 2000, 2011
U.S. Mint:  D, D, P
Condition:  pennies are dirty and tarnished, dime is like new
Total Found Money To Date for 2013:  $.62

Monday, January 21, 2013

Found Two Pennies in Change Tray at Fresh and Easy

Today I went with a friend to the Phoenix Art Museum. I'd never been before and went mainly to see the 1920s clothing on display. I've been watching Boardwalk Empire and Downton Abbey, so it was really fun to see the dresses and hats and shoes up close and personal. What a great era for fashion!

Then because Barb and I live such exciting lives, we went to Fresh and Easy to check out the markdowns. I found a cheese pizza and some apples and 2 pennies in the change tray! I paid with cash and instead of getting 26 cents back, I only got the quarter. So, I'm wondering if maybe the change is sometimes slow to drop from the automatic change dispenser and that's why I find money in the change trays there. I didn't complain since I found 2 pennies, but normally I would.
 

This Found Money Facts:
Denomination:  2 pennies 
Year:  1993, 2011
U.S. Mint:  D, D
Condition:  shiny
Total Found Money To Date for 2013:  $.50

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Found Two Pennies

Today I went to the library then took a walk. I found a penny! Then I headed over to Fresh and Easy. On the way out, I spotted a penny on the floor. 

The 1972 penny's mint mark is S for San Francisco. I rarely find those!

I put this pretty tablecloth on my table today. I'm hoping it helps me keep it cleared off and keeps me from stacking so much junk on it.

This Found Money Facts:
Denomination:  2 pennies 
Year:  1972, 2000 
U.S. Mint:  S, D
Condition:  tarnished
Total Found Money To Date for 2013:  $.48

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Went to Big Lots and Found a Penny in the Parking Lot

Today I dropped two grocery bags of stuff at Goodwill. I already had one bag in the car ready to go and another bag started. I made myself go around and find one thing in each room to donate. I have too much stuff

So, I dropped off the bags then walked over to Big Lots. I just got a few things and as I was walking back to my car, I saw a bright shiny penny in the parking lot.

This Found Money Facts:
Denomination:  1 penny
 
Year:  2012  
U.S. Mint:  D  
Condition:  shiny
Total Found Money To Date for 2013:  $.46

Friday, January 18, 2013

Bought a New Windshield and Found 12 Cents

Today I had my old cracked windshield replaced on West Broadway. Someone had told me about how much cheaper these places were, so I thought I'd just go get 'er done. First I went to the credit union and got cash because they're not the kind of places that take plastic, I think. 

I pulled into one with a guy standing out front and he quoted me $100. I said sure (beats $400+ at "regular" places!) and pulled my car into the stall. Here's a pic of him using his head to get the old windshield out. 

While he was removing the old one and installing the new one (it had a label on it and everything so guess it's new), I wandered around. I found 2 pennies and a dime plus this other junk. The area is full of recycling centers and places to buy cheap tires, auto glass, and auto repair.

This Found Money Facts:
Denomination:  2 pennies, 1 dime 

Year:  2005, 2006, 1999 
U.S. Mint:  D, none, D
Condition:  pennies are dirty, dime is shiny
Total Found Money To Date for 2013:  $.45

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Found a Penny in the Parking Lot at Fresh and Easy

Tonight I watched my grandkids and on the way home I stopped at Fresh and Easy for a few things. As I was leaving the store, I spotted a shiny copper penny on the ground. 

This Found Money Facts:
Denomination:  1 penny 

Year:  2000
U.S. Mint:  D Condition:  shiny
Total Found Money To Date for 2013:  $.33

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Took a Walk and Found a Nickel

Today the high is only supposed to hit 48 degrees Fahrenheit but I decided to go take a little walk to warm up. It feels warmer moving in the sun than sitting in the house.

I moseyed around hoping I'd find some money but didn't. Then on my way home, I spotted this nickel in the dirt next to the sidewalk. It's really dirty. I tried to wash it off a little but nothing much happened. So, here it is. Dirt and all.

 
This Found Money Facts:
Denomination:  1 nickel
Year:  1976
U.S. Mint:  D
Condition:  very, very dirty
Total Found Money To Date for 2013:  $.32

Monday, January 14, 2013

Found a Nickel in the Change Tray at the Grocery Store

Today I went to Fresh and Easy to do my "big" shopping. All that means is I printed off one of their coupons for $4 off if you spend $30. Since I needed quite few things I was out of like canola oil, rice, kitty litter, stuff like that, I knew I could easily spend $30. 

Fresh and Easy is a chain of stores, but the stores are small, so I usually do "big" shopping at Fry's (Kroger). But with the $4 off, I like to go there occasionally.

As I was checking out, I saw this nickel in the change tray! It's mine now.
 

This Found Money Facts:
Denomination:  1 nickel 

Year:  1985
U.S. Mint:  P
Condition:  shiny
Total Found Money To Date for 2013:  $.27

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Took a Long Walk and Found Four Pennies

Today I took a fairly long walk (an hour). Anyway, that's long for me. But it's been cold, actually getting below freezing at night, and I felt like I needed to get some sunshine on my back. I've been cold!

So, I headed out and walked around the neighborhood. I was heading home, empty handed when I spotted a penny on the sidewalk. 


Then I detoured into a church parking lot and found another penny.  Then I walked around a parking lot of some small office buildings, where, you guessed it, I found a third penny! 

I was feeling very lucky so headed home. In the parking lot of my complex, I found another penny. Woo hoo!

Have you found any money lately? Do tell!

This Found Money Facts:
Denomination:  4 pennies    

Year:  1973, 1989, ?, ?
U.S. Mint:  none,  D, ?, ?  
Condition:  mostly dirty and tarnished
Total Found Money To Date for 2013:  $.22

Friday, January 11, 2013

Found a Penny in the Street

Today I went to Disney on Ice with my granddaughter. How exciting! She loved it, and I liked it too, but I had so much more fun sneaking peeks at her loving it!

Afterward we met up with her brother and mom, and we all went to McDonald's where I spotted a penny on the floor. I was carrying the tray, so I let my grandson pick it up (and keep it).

Then I was driving home and saw a penny out the side window of my car. I put the car in park and got out to get it. It's so dinged up that it's unreadable, but it's a penny!

This Found Money Facts:
Denomination:  1 penny  
 
Year:  ?
U.S. Mint:  ?  
Condition:  dinged up, unreadable
Total Found Money To Date for 2013:  $.18

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Today I Volunteered Then Found a Penny

Today I volunteered. I read the end of the book From the Ground Up:  Environmental Racism and the Rise of the Environmental Justice Movement by Luke W. Cole and Sheila R. Foster. 

I like reading the endings of these types of books because I get to read the notes or footnotes. Yes, I'm a weirdo, but I have a soft spot for references and such. So, I read the last three files and finished the book so it can be all done. Yay!


But I didn't find any money. 

Next I went to the post office. On the way there, I spotted a penny out my driver's side window laying on the street. I walked back there when I was done mailing my letter but couldn't find it. I think someone else picked it up! The nerve.

Then I drove to Fresh and Easy where I spotted this penny in the second aisle. Yay!  

This Found Money Facts:
Denomination:  1 penny  

Year:  2012 
U.S. Mint:  D 
Condition:  like  new, shiny and bright
Total Found Money To Date for 2013:  $.17

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Took a Walk and Found Two Pennies

Today I ran some errands then took a walk. I found these two pennies. The one on the left is filthy dirty and has gouges around the perimeter. I can't read the date or mint mark.

Yesterday I took the aluminum cans I've been saving to a recycling center. They were paying $1.05 a pound. Sweet! I had 7 pounds so that was worth hauling them around in my car all those months. 

I also took some junk that I'd found with my magnet. I had 39 pounds of that junk, but they only paid 9 cents a pound. Oh well, recycling it's better than throwing it in the trash!

This Found Money Facts:
Denomination:  2 pennies
 
Year:  2001, ?
U.S. Mint:  D, ?  
Condition:   one is a tad shiny, the other gouged, tarnished, and filthy
Total Found Money To Date for 2013:  $.16

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Found 13 Cents in the Parking Lot, at the Library, and at the Grocery Store

Today I went to run a few errands. First I parked in the grocery store parking lot and walked to the library. On the way, I found the shiny 2012 penny in the parking lot.

Then at the library I found another penny! I picked up the DVD of Season 2 of Boardwalk Empire and checked it out.

Then I went to Fry's and spotted the dime under an endcap on the floor next to a checkout lane. 

Then while checking out, I found the last penny on the floor.

The 1972 penny is stamped "S," which means it was made in San Francisco. Yay! I rarely find coins with the S mint mark.

This Found Money Facts:
Denomination:  3 pennies, 1 dime

Year:  1972, 1976, 2012, 1984 U.S. Mint:  S, none, D, D  
Condition:   range from shiny to tarnished
Total Found Money To Date for 2013:  $.14

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Found a Penny at Fresh and Easy

Today I went to Fresh and Easy and found a penny in the change tray! My first found money of 2013.

This Found Money Facts:
Denomination:  1 penny
Year:  1982

U.S. Mint:   D
Condition:   tarnished
Total Found Money To Date for 2013:  $.01

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