My Found Money Jar

My Found Money Jar
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Sunday, September 29, 2013

And Two Pennies Makes $25!

Today I walked a few blocks to the store for a few things. Actually I didn't need anything but I had a couple for TP that was going to expire tomorrow and wanted to use it. 

On the way home, I spotted these two pennies lying in the dirt next to the sidewalk so I snapped them up. 

That brings my 2013 found money total to $25! This surpasses last year (my best year to date till now) by nearly $10. Yay!

I've been making some fun Christmas cards on Zazzle with vintage images in the public domain. I love these singing cats!




UPDATE:  I took a short walk this evening and found another penny in a parking lot!

This Found Money Facts:
Denomination:  3 pennies
Year:  ?, 1968, 2011
U.S. Mint:  ?, D, D

Condition:  tarnished and dirty and one is unreadable
Total Found Money to Date in 2013:  $25.01

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Found a Dime Then a Penny at Fry's

Today I ran to Fry's for a few things. I spotted a dime on the floor in front of the pharmacy, but there was a line of customers so I left, figuring one of them would see it and pick it up. I came back a little while later and it was still there! At least four people where right there, probably stepping on it. Amazing!

Then when I checked out I saw a penny in the chute of the change tray. I wiggled the penny a little and down it fell. 

Earlier two of my grandkids came over today, and we made ice candles! Click the link to check them out. Fun stuff! 

Are you having a good weekend? I hope so!

This Found Money Facts:
Denomination:  1 penny, 1 dime
Year:  2009, 2002
U.S. Mint:  D, D

Condition: penny is tarnished and dime is fine

Total Found Money to Date in 2013:  $24.98

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Found Three Pennies Today Plus Two More!

Today I found three pennies. Here's where:


  • in the change tray at Fresh and Easy
  • on the curb in front of my car at my son's house
  • on the counter at McDonald's

My grandson found a penny in the parking lot and my granddaughter found a penny in the drive through at McDonalds. Yay, us!

And look at the years:  one is 1937 and one is 1963. Nice!

This Found Money Facts:
Denomination:  3 pennies
Year:  1937, 1963, 1993
U.S. Mint:  D, D, D

Condition: tarnished and one is scratched up

Total Found Money to Date in 2013:  $24.87

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Took a Walk and Found a Dime in the Street

This evening just before dark I headed out and took a little walk. It's getting dark so much sooner that it was dark by the time I got home. But as I was crossing a street, I spotted this dime in the street. As you can see, it's been driven over a lot. It's really scratched up. I can't read the date, but that's okay. It's still a fine dime for my found money jar!

What do you do with your found money? Does it go in a special place or do you add it to your pocket change/wallet?

This Found Money Facts:
Denomination:  1 dime
Year:  199?
U.S. Mint:  P

Condition: shiny but scratched up

Total Found Money to Date in 2013:  $24.84



Monday, September 23, 2013

Found Three Coins Today

Today I found three coins:


  • a penny in the parking lot
  • a nickel at the dollar store
  • a penny in the curb


I posed them on this 1960 edition of Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm book. It's for sale in my Etsy shop. Sweet!

Have you found any money lately?
This Found Money Facts:
Denomination:  2 pennies, 1 nickel
Year:  2003, 2010, 1964
U.S. Mint:  D, D, none

Condition: pennies are tarnished and one is dinged up, nickel is dirty

Total Found Money to Date in 2013:  $24.74

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Found a Dime in the Parking Lot

Today I found a dime in the parking lot. Yay!

This Found Money Facts:
Denomination:  1 dime
Year:  1984
U.S. Mint:  D

Condition:  shiny and a little dirty

Total Found Money to Date in 2013:  $24.67



Saturday, September 21, 2013

I Couldn't Not Find Money Today!

Today I drove to my son's house to spend time with all three grandkids. I found a bunch of money today. Here's the where and what of today's found money (that I just kept finding!):


  • 1 penny - It was in the street next to a car in front of me while we were stopped at a stoplight. No one was behind me so I put the car in park, hopped out, and picked it up!
  • 1 quarter and 2 one-dollar bills - I found the black quarter on the floor at Goodwill then a little later found two $1 bills on the floor. Score!
  • 3 pennies - I spotted these on the floor of the grocery store on the way home.
  • 10 pennies, 1 nickel, 2 dimes, and 1 quarter - I walked around the parking lot here when I got home and first found a dime and quarter then was picking up some trash to take to the dumpster. I lifted a plastic bag lying on the ground and out fell the 10 pennies, nickel, and other dime!

That's a grand total of $2.89!

I feel like I should go somewhere else today. Several more places! I just kept finding money! 

This Found Money Facts:
Denomination:  14 pennies, 1 nickel, 2 dimes, 2 quarters, 2 $1 bills
Year:  too tired to break it down
U.S. Mint:  ditto

Condition:  range from shiny to dirty and tarnished to black

Total Found Money to Date in 2013:  $24.57

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Found a Penny in the Street and Saw the Harvest Moon

I took a little stroll this evening about dusk and while walking near a busy street, I spotted this penny! It was in the street, which always makes me so happy since, well, you know, this is Found Money in the Street!

I posed it next to a painting page with the paint at the top. These are so fun to do! I painted this unicorn with my grandkids the other day (they did their own, of course).

And have you been out to see the harvest moon? So pretty!
This Found Money Facts:
Denomination:  1 penny
Year:  2012 
U.S. Mint:  D 

Condition:  shiny and scratched

Total Found Money to Date in 2013:  $21.68



Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Found a Penny, a Half Dollar, a Key, and a Guitar Pick in the Parking Lot

Today I took the trash out and wandered around the parking lot. I spotted this penny at the end of a parking space then kept moseying around. 

I had found some trash and was going to throw it away when I spotted the guitar pick and key behind the brick dumpster enclosure. When I picked up the pick, I also saw this Kennedy half dollar! Score! That's the first half dollar I've found.

Have you found any money lately? Even pennies are exciting, I think.

UPDATE:  I went to Sprouts and found a penny on the floor as I was walking out of the store. Yay!

This Found Money Facts:
Denomination:  2 pennies, 1 Kennedy half dollar
Year:  pennies:  1999, 2005; half dollar:  1976
U.S. Mint:  pennies:  none, D; half dollar:  D 

Condition:  tarnished and dirty, dirty 

Total Found Money to Date in 2013:  $21.67

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Found a Penny in Front of an Auto Parts Store

I took a walk today before it got dark (and isn't it getting dark sooner?). I walked up to a shopping center and walked around quite a bit of it. I didn't find anything on the way there or in the parking lot, but in front of an auto parts store, I spotted this penny. It was between the curb and parking bumper thingie. 

How are all of you doing? Finding any coins? Any bills? I hope so!
This Found Money Facts:
Denomination:  1 penny
Year:  2000
U.S. Mint:  D

Condition:  tarnished 

Total Found Money to Date in 2013:  $21.15

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Found 12 Cents While Out and About Today

Today I had to hit the post office to mail some fabric I sold on Etsy. While standing in line, I spotted a penny on the floor of a counter that wasn't in use. I was about fourth in line. I waited till I was first in line then went and picked it up. It just amazes me that other people never seem to spot money. Oh well. I'm not complaining! Then as I was leaving I saw the other penny in the parking lot between two cars. 

Then I headed to Sprouts for double ad Wednesday. I got some grapes, avocados, tomatoes, cucumbers, potatoes, a red pepper, and chocolate-covered peanuts. Yum! I saw this dime on the floor by a check out lane. Yippee!

Update:  I took a short walk and found a penny in an office building parking lot!

Have you found any money lately? Where? How much?

This Found Money Facts:
Denomination:  3 pennies, 1 dime
Year:   pennies:  1985, 2000, 2003; dime:  2001
U.S. Mint:  D, D, D, D

Condition:  pennies are tarnished, dime is shiny 

Total Found Money to Date in 2013:  $21.14

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Found Three Pennies Today in a Parking Lot

Today I went to the Phoenix Zoo and visited some relatives (not really, but we used to always say that when I was growing up). It wasn't so hot today so it was enjoyable. It started getting hot when I left though and was glad to turn the AC on in the car.

Then I visited the library to return some books and picked up a few more. I love to read!

Then I headed to the dollar store. I got a few things and on my way out, I spotted a penny. I decided to walk around the parking lot some more and I found two more!

UPDATE:  I took a short walk this evening and found a penny in a church parking lot and a penny in my parking lot. Woo hoo! So, that's 5 pennies today!

This Found Money Facts:
Denomination:  5 pennies
Year:   2003, 2006, 2013, 2013, 2013
U.S. Mint:  D, D, D, D, D

Condition:  two are very tarnished, three are shiny 

Total Found Money to Date in 2013:  $21.01

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Found 6 Cents on a Walk

This morning it rained! Yes! So, after it stopped I went for a little walk. I spotted this nickel in a parking lot and the penny in some rocks. 

And check out my little level. Sweet! if you want one for yourself, here you go: 

How about it? Found any money yourself?

This Found Money Facts:
Denomination:  1 penny, 1 nickel
Year:   ?, 1990
U.S. Mint:  ?, D

Condition:  penny is a mess, nickel is a tad dirty

Total Found Money to Date in 2013:  $20.96

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Found Two Pennies in Two Parking Lots

Today I ran to the library because I had a couple of books due. On the way in, I spotted a penny in the parking lot. Then I drove to Home Depot for some new air conditioning/furnace filters. On the way to my car, I saw another penny. I love finding money!

How about you? Found any money lately?


This Found Money Facts:
Denomination:  2 pennies
Year:   2006, 2010
U.S. Mint:  D, D

Condition:  Slightly tarnished

Total Found Money to Date in 2013:  $20.90


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Found a Quarter at the Recycling Center

Today my grandkids and I went to the recycling center to take the aluminum cans that were taking over my car. I knew I had a lot, but I didn't realize how many till the guys said, "That's 16 pounds." So, quite a nice little haul!

As we were leaving, I saw something round, silver, and shiny on the ground near their dumpster. It was this quarter! I love finding quarters! And it's a brand new shiny 2013 Nevada state quarter.

We came home to veg out. It was so hot out that we almost melted! We watched October Sky. The kids really enjoyed it, and I've been wanting to see this movie again for awhile. It's so good.

This Found Money Facts:
Denomination:  1 quarter
Year:   2013
U.S. Mint:  D

Condition:  Shiny, like new

Total Found Money to Date in 2013:  $20.88



Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Found Another 11 Cents


This morning I went out with Scarlett like I usually do. She walks to the grassy area to nibble on it (then she usually throws up later, which she did, but it was outside. Yay!). As I was just standing there minding my own business, I saw a penny in the rocks! Amazing! 

Then later I ran to the post office then to get my hair cut. No money. Then I went to Fresh and Easy. I spotted this dime on the floor in front of one of the check out lanes. Love finding money! 

Just the other day I found 11 cents. What a coinky dink that I found that amount again today!

I posed the money next to some vintage trim that I've been using on some Zazzle products. Here is one of them:

This Found Money Facts:
Denomination:  1 penny, 1 dime
Year:   penny:  2005; dime:  1976
U.S. Mint:  both D, D

Condition:  penny is tarnished and dirty, dime is shiny

Total Found Money to Date in 2013:  $20.63

Monday, September 2, 2013

Found a Dollar and Change

Today I felt really antsy so drove to the Safeway shopping center near me, which I never go to any more. I roamed around the parking lot and sidewalks in front of the stores a little looking for change. I didn't find any coins. I did find this dollar bill on the sidewalk in front of the Dry Bar. 

I was thrilled about the dollar, but curious about just who goes somewhere to get their hair blown dry. For $35. Crazy people, I'm guessing! Or at least people with more money than me!


No offense to crazy rich people, but I imagine you don't go around looking for money, so it's all good. Different strokes for different folks, and all that.

Then I went into Safeway and got a few things. I found the two pennies in the pharmacy area. Yippee!

This Found Money Facts:
Denomination:  2 pennies, 1 dollar bill
Year:   pennies:  2012, ?; dollar:  2006
U.S. Mint:  pennies:  D, ?

Condition:  pennies:  one is shiny, one is dinged and dented; dollar bill:  nice and soft

Total Found Money to Date in 2013:  $20.52

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Found 11 Cents on a Walk


I took a walk and found a penny beside the sidewalk in some dirt then found another penny in a parking lot. 

As I was walking to my place, I found a small pile of debris in a parking space. In the pile were four pennies and a nickel! These coins are a mess as you can see from the photo. Oh well, good enough for my found money jar!

Happy Labor Day, everyone! Hope you all get to rest at least part of the day.

This Found Money Facts:
Denomination:  6 pennies, 1 nickel
Year:   pennies:  1962, 1988, 1988, 2003, ?, ?; nickel:  1964
U.S. Mint:  pennies:  D, none, D, D, ?, ?; nickel:  none

Condition:  range from just tarnished to tarnished and filthy; several are unreadable

Total Found Money to Date in 2013:  $19.50

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