My Found Money Jar

My Found Money Jar
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Digital Bank Counter

Tired of counting your piles of money? Let this digital bank do it for you! It only looks like a shredder. It's not!

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Braved the Heat, Found a Nickel

Today the high here in Phoenix is supposed to reach 118. Yuck. I went out this morning to one Goodwill since it's half off day. I'm glad I did because I found some almost new double sheets and pillow case for $5.75 total. Then of course I found a few other things, but I really needed those new sheets for my pull out sofa bed. I only use the bed when I have company but the wire mechanisms on the bed frame seem to chew up sheets!

Then I headed over to Fresh and Easy because they sent out coupons for $5 off $20 (8 of the coupons for the next several weeks). I knew I could knock out $20 easily. As a bonus when I was checking out, I spotted this nickel on the floor under a check-out register! 

Then I came home. Just walking from my car to the stores and back to my car and from the car to my house gave me a headache. I'm okay now, but I'm staying in on these horrible days.

Later today I might have to start watching another season of Top Shot! I finished watching season four yesterday. Love that show! Have you seen it?

How's the weather in your parts? Found any money?

This Found Money Facts:
Denomination:  nickel
Year:  2004
U.S. Mint:  D

Condition:  dirty
Total Found Money to Date in 2013:  $16.73

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Volunteered, Got a Haircut, Went to the Store, Found a Dime, Got Gas, Found Two Pennies

Yes, I did a bunch of stuff and I found a little money. Yay! I read the Christian Science Monitor newspaper today (it airs late tonight so don't anticipate a large audience, and if there is one, they call all laugh at me trying to pronounce the proper nouns) and that went okay. It still took me almost two hours to record a 56-minute program. Oh well.

Then I went to get a haircut at Great Clips. I got Sarah, who did a decent job and didn't talk my ear off. Then I walked over to Fry's for a few things and spotted this dime on the floor!

Next I got gas and sitting right there on the aisle was the shiny penny. And in the next bay over I found the other penny! I paid $3.58 a gallon (I think) for gas. I've seen it cheaper ($3.32), but that price is for cash or debit cards. How much is it in your area?

As you can see I'm still sewing. No sense putting the stuff away till I have to, I always say.

This Found Money Facts:
Denomination:  2 pennies, 1 dime
Year:  pennies:  2011, 2013; dime:  2010
U.S. Mint:  D, D, D
Condition: pennies are shiny, dime is a mess

Total Found Money to Date in 2013:  $16.68



Monday, June 24, 2013

Found Two Pennies in a Dumpster

Yes, you read that right. I found these two pennies today in a dumpster! That's a first! 

I went out to get my mail, took my trash out, and went on my way. I decided to walk around the parking lot to see if I spotted any money. Nope, but I did find some trash. So, I picked up a few things and took it to another dumpster to throw away. Inside the dumpster, right on top of what looked like a child's pull up (I know, a pull up!) were these two pennies! The pull up was folded so that nothing, er, unsightly was showing. Except these two pennies!


So, I reached in and couldn't reach. My armpit sort of hung up on the edge of the dumpster. Ugh. I went over to a pile of rocks, got one and set it in front of the dumpster. That did the trick! It raised me up enough to reach these bad boys!

I brought them home and gave them (and my hands) a bath. Isn't that weird that they were just sitting there? I wonder if someone threw them in with other trash or set them on top of the diaper (it could have been a diaper) or pull up (not sure??) to see if someone would find it. Nah, I doubt it. 

I set the pennies on my messy coffee table. I've been sewing stuff, in case you couldn't tell. I made this mug rug (coaster) for my sister last week. I'm still in the sewing mood so all my sewing junk is still out, everywhere.


Anyway, have you ever found money on top of trash?


This Found Money Facts:
Denomination:  2 pennies
Year:  1988, 1998
U.S. Mint:  D, D
Condition: tarnished

Total Found Money to Date in 2013:  $16.56

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Took a Walk, Had a Sauna, Found a Penny

It's hot again today (I know, shocking news), but I just went for a tiny walk (maybe 10 minutes). I walked across the street to the office building parking lot and found a penny! It had been a while, but I finally found another coin there!

Oh, I just watched a really good documentary today on Netflix. I wrote a short post about it:  Hitler's Children.  

If you haven't see it, I highly recommend it. It's also available on Amazon Prime or as a DVD. To check it out, click the image.

Have a good rest of your Sunday! 

This Found Money Facts:
Denomination:  penny

Year:  2002
U.S. Mint:  D
Condition: just a tad tarnished

Total Found Money to Date in 2013:  $16.54

Friday, June 21, 2013

Found Three Coins Today

Today I went to see two of my cute grandkids and while there, we went to Hobby Lobby to get some fabric. I'm going to make my grandson a book bag. On the way in, my granddaughter found a penny!

On my way home, I stopped at the grocery store where I found a penny by the coin machine (I cannot believe people don't look around when they're done to see if they dropped any coins), a dime on the floor in front of the pharmacy counter, and a dime in the change tray! Ka ching!


Have you found any money lately?


This Found Money Facts:
Denomination: 1 penny, 2 dimes

Year:  penny:  1991; dimes:  1965, 2006
U.S. Mint:  penny:  none; dimes:  none, D
Condition: penny is tarnished, dimes are mostly shiny

Total Found Money to Date in 2013:  $16.53

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Found a Penny Today at Little Caesars Drive Through

Today I took some advice from an online friend and checked out a drive-through lane at a Little Caesers pizza place. I found this penny! 

Thanks, Ruth for the tip!

This Found Money Facts:
Denomination: 1 penny

Year:  2013
U.S. Mint:  D
Condition: shiny and new

Total Found Money to Date in 2013:  $16.32


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Found 13 Cents Today!

Today I went to the post office but parked across the street and walked over. When I came out of the post office, I walked through the parking lot and saw these Dots lying there. I thought there were so pretty and colorful against the ugly pavement. (I added a link to these yummy goodies if you have a hankering for some Dots!)


And as I was digging my camera out of my purse, I spotted two pennies! Yay! So, I picked them up and walked across the street back to my car and to hit the Dollar Tree. On the way, I saw two more pennies in the street, but they were imbedded in the tar. I couldn't dig them out so I snapped a couple of photos. 

So, I trotted over to Dollar Tree and on the way I saw another penny! At Dollar Tree, guess what happened? I saw a dime under a shelf ledge. Yippee! I also found this tiny little spool of copper wire. Isn't it cute?


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

Year:  pennies:  1985, 1992, 1993; dime:  1996
U.S. Mint:  all D
Condition: pennies:  tarnished and dirty; dime:  shiny
Total Found Money to Date in 2013:  $16.31

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Found 2 Cents and Had a Sauna

It's 5:30 p.m. and 106°F. Ugh. I felt a little antsy so took a 15-minute walk. While out, I experienced a self-induced sauna and found 2 cents:  1 in the neighboring parking lot and 1 in my parking lot. Ta da!
 
This Found Money Facts:
Denomination:  2 pennies  
 
Year:  pennies:  1972, 2001
U.S. Mint:  D, none
Condition: tarnished and dirty
Total Found Money to Date in 2013:  $16.18

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Found 30 Cents But Only Brought Home 29 Cents

Today I sold some patches on Etsy so I had to run to the post office. I found a penny in the rocks just outside the post office!

Then I hit a Goodwill because it's half off day and I was already out and about. I found a penny on the floor near a cash register!

I walked over to Fry's, which is in the same shopping center, to get some fruit. I found a quarter on the floor near the self-checkout registers, a penny in the bakery area, and a penny near the cheese! 

This was a banner day! It really pays to go where people are! 

But a disappointing thing happened:  I actually saw another penny in the street, but it was stuck in the hot tar. From experience, I know better than to try to get those. Those coins are a goopy, sticky mess. So, I found 30 cents, but I only brought home 29 cents.

Have you found any money lately? 


This Found Money Facts:
Denomination:  4 pennies, 1 quarter 

Year:  pennies:  1975, 1987, 2004, 2013; quarter:  1967
U.S. Mint:  pennies:  all D; quarter:  none  
Condition: range for tarnished to shiny
Total Found Money to Date in 2013:  $16.16

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Found a Penny in the Parking Lot on This Hot (Almost) Summer Day

Today I ran some errands: I went to the post office, the dollar store, then to Sprouts. Even though I scoped out the floors and parking lots, I didn't find any money.

Today I mailed a belated birthday gift to my nephew who likes rocks and geology. I made him a little pouch and added some rocks with labels for his rock collection. I think this little rock kit turned out kind of nice. 

If you need a fun gift that's educational, too, and want to give a pre-made rock collection, I added one that's available from Amazon.

I got home and while walking to my place, I spotted a penny! 

It's really hot here in Arizona. Ugh. It's 102 now with a projected high of 109. Yuck. Hope it's cooler where you are! At least we don't have humidity, making it feel like we're roasting instead of steaming.

This Found Money Facts:
Denomination:  1 penny
 
Year:  2005  
U.S. Mint:  D    
Condition:  shiny
Total Found Money to Date in 2013:  $15.87

Monday, June 10, 2013

Found a Penny on the Grocery Store Floor

Today I went to volunteer. I recorded two radio shows (just half hour each), but that show is good for a few weeks. Then another volunteer and I went to the cafeteria in the building and had a huge slice of pizza (each... we don't share). 

I had to run to the post office, so while I was out I ran to Fresh and Easy before heading home. When I was checking out, I spotted a penny on the floor!


This Found Money Facts:
Denomination:  1 penny

Year:  1976
U.S. Mint:  none  
Condition:  tarnished and dirty
Total Found Money to Date in 2013:  $15.86

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Who Says You Can't Get Paid Taking Out the Trash?

You can! You really can! 

Okay, you won't always get paid to take out the trash, but today I took out my little grocery bag full of trash and next to the dumpster, along the side, was this penny! (I posed it next to some incense my friend gave me from her recent trip to Japan.)

Sure, it's just a penny, you say, but it's not the first coin I've found when taking out my trash. I remember once finding a dime right next to the recycling dumpster. Score!

Getting paid to take out the trash isn't a given. It won't happen every time, and when it does, it probably won't be much. But try it for yourself. All you have to do it look. 

So the next time (and the next time, and the next) you take out the trash, scope out the ground around the dumpster. If you have a house and have your own garbage cans instead of a communal dumpster, check the street near where you place the cans for the garbage truck to pick them up. You never know what you might find until you look!

Have you ever found money while taking out the trash?

This Found Money Facts:
Denomination:  1 penny

Year:  1978
U.S. Mint:  D   
Condition:  shiny, just starting to tarnish a little
Total Found Money to Date in 2013:  $15.85

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Found a Penny at the 99 Cent Store

Today I went to some friends' house for dinner. She made delicious cold soba noodles that she brought back from a recent trip to Japan. Yum!

The noodles came in a package that looked something like this. They were so good!

Then I stopped at the Everything's 99 Cents store on the way home. I spotted a penny on the floor!

This Found Money Facts:
Denomination:  1 penny

Year:  2007
U.S. Mint:  D   
Condition:  shiny
Total Found Money to Date in 2013:  $15.84

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Found a Penny in the Parking Lot

Today I was walking to my car to go volunteer, and I spotted this penny in the parking lot. It was face down, and that side was all scratched up. The face side shown here is half shiny, half tarnished (and kinda grimy with a dot of green something or other on it).

I really don't care though. It's a penny! 

I hadn't found any money since last Friday, so I was thinking ugh, when will I spot a coin? Since it's hot again here, I'm not going for walks--would you walk with a high of 108° F? Me neither! But I have been out running errands and still haven't found anything this week, till now!

Have you found any money lately?

This Found Money Facts:
Denomination:  1 penny
Year:  2003 U.S. Mint:  D  Condition:  half shiny, half tarnished
Total Found Money to Date in 2013:  $15.83

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Lone Penny in the Fry's Parking Lot

Well, today is the first day of June, and I found a lone penny in the Fry's parking lot. That is all. 

This Found Money Facts:
Denomination:  1 penny

Year:  1994
U.S. Mint:  D 
Condition:  dirty and tarnished
Total Found Money to Date in 2013:  $15.82

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