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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Found 18 Cents Today

Today I found 18 cents to close out January. I think this might just be my best month so far for finding money. Here's what I found and where I found it:
  • 2 pennies and a dime at a restaurant
  • a penny and a nickel on the sidewalk in front of a grocery store
Yay! That makes $8.16 in found money so far in 2015!

Facts About This Found Money
Denomination:  3 pennies, 1 nickel, 1 dime
Year:  pennies:  1997, 2001, 2007; nickel:  1982; dime:  2002
U.S. Mint:  all D
Condition:  range from shiny to tarnished and dirty
Total Found Money in 2015 to Date:  $8.16

Friday, January 30, 2015

Rainy Day But I Found a Penny

We seldom get rain here in Phoenix but today it's rained most of the day. It's kind of nice for a change! This morning I went to Chick-Fil-A for a free chicken biscuit (the coupon expires tomorrow... nothing like waiting till the last minute, huh?). As I left I scoped out the drive through and found a penny!

I didn't go for a walk or bike ride today since it feels sort of cold too, so I wasn't able to find any more money. Boo hoo.

Update:  I just walked outside to enjoy the drizzly rain and found a penny in the parking lot! 

Facts About This Found Money
Denomination:  1 penny and another
Year:  2014, 2006
U.S. Mint:  D, D
Condition:  shiny and slightly scratched
Total Found Money in 2015 to Date:  $7.98


Thursday, January 29, 2015

Found 45 Cents While Running Errands

This morning I had to run to the credit union and while I was there, I walked to the gas station next door. I found a nickel on the sidewalk in front of a pay phone. Then I checked the slots in the two pay phones and found a dime! 

Well, that was good, but I stepped back to look around and I must have been standing on these other coins. There was a whole mess of pennies and a few more nickels on the sidewalk! So after I scooped all of them up (38 cents total!) I walked around the gas station and found a penny in a parking space!

I was thrilled with finding 39 cents but then later at the grocery store, I found a nickel on the floor then a penny in the parking lot! So today I found a total of 45 cents! Yippee!

I posed these coins by a bottle of Gaba Calm since I've been popping these bad boys more than usual lately. Not a lot but one or two a day. They really help with anxiety, which some days I have in excess. Ugh. You just dissolve these lozenges on or under your tongue and they take the edge off.



Facts About This Found Money
Denomination:  15 pennies, 4 nickels, 1 dime
Year:  too many to mess with

U.S. Mint:  ditto
Condition:  range from tarnished to shiny
Total Found Money in 2015 to Date:  $7.96

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Found a Lone Penny Today

This morning I walked to the grocery store and found a penny on the floor. Yep, just one lone penny.

Facts About This Found Money
Denomination:  1 penny
Year:  1999

U.S. Mint:  D
Condition:  tarnished and dinged up
Total Found Money in 2015 to Date:  $7.51

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Found 45 Cents on a Walk

This morning I headed out from the house where I was house sitting and took a walk. I found three coins:

  • a dime in a fast food drive through lane
  • another dime under a water vending machine
  • a quarter in a parking lot

I just love finding money! I'm back home tonight and miss the house and the dogs. 
Facts About This Found Money
Denomination:  2 dimes, 1 quarter
Year:  dimes: 1965, 1979; quarter:  2005

U.S. Mint:  P, D, D
Condition:  shiny
Total Found Money in 2015 to Date:  $7.50


Monday, January 26, 2015

Found Three Dimes on a Sidewalk

I've been dog/house sitting this week and stopped at the 99 Cent store today to pick up a lint roller. I'd forgotten how hairy everything gets so before I leave tomorrow I plan to use the lint roller to pick up stray dog fur from the sofas.

As I was leaving the store today, I spotted a dime on the sidewalk then another then a third dime! 30 cents!

Facts About This Found Money
Denomination:  3 dimes
Year:  dimes: 1990, 2006, 2006
U.S. Mint:  D, D, P
Condition:  two shiny, one dirty
Total Found Money in 2015 to Date:  $7.05

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Found 31 Cents, a Canadian Coin, and a Car Wash Token

Today I took a walk and first found a Canadian 5 cent coin and car wash token sitting on the shelf of a coin machine, then I found a penny on the floor of a store. Next I found a quarter and two pennies in a parking space, then a penny in a bank parking lot and finally two pennies in some rocks. Yay!

Facts About This Found Money
Denomination:  6 pennies, 1 quarter
Year:  pennies: 1974, 1980, 1998, 2001, 2014, 2014; quarter:  2007
U.S. Mint:  all D
Condition:  tarnished to shiny
Total Found Money in 2015 to Date:  $6.75

Friday, January 23, 2015

Found 8 Pennies At Three Stores

Today I went to three stores and found 8 pennies all on the floor.

Facts About This Found Money
Denomination:  8 pennies
Year:  pennies:  1967, 1988, 1993, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2014, 2014
U.S. Mint:  none, the rest D
Condition:  tarnished to shiny
Total Found Money in 2015 to Date:  $6.44

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Found Six Cents Today

Today at the grocery store I found a penny on the floor first then as I was checking out I found a nickel in the self checkout register change tray. Yay!And the nickel is an oldie from 1959!

Facts About This Found Money
Denomination:  1 penny, 1 nickel

Year:  penny:  2005; nickel:  1959
U.S. Mint:  none, D
Condition:  penny is tarnished and the nickel is dirty
Total Found Money in 2015 to Date:  $6.36


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A Day With No Found Money Then Found 7 Cents

Well, today I found 7 cents, but yesterday I found nothing.  So, with that unlucky day, I broke my daily found money streak. It was bound to happen, I guess. I was happy to find some coins today though.

I went to the grocery store and found a nickel in the parking lot on the way in (and it's a nice old one, from 1960). Then I found a penny on the floor of the store and another penny in the rocks as I was leaving the store.

Update:  I found another penny, so 8 cents today!

Facts About This Found Money
Denomination:  2 pennies, 1 nickel

Year:  pennies:  1981, 1983; nickel:  1960
U.S. Mint:  none, D, D
Condition:  pennies are tarnished and the nickel is dirty
Total Found Money in 2015 to Date:  $6.30


Monday, January 19, 2015

Found 52 Cents Today

Today I was lucky, again! I've found money every day so far this year. Yay!

Today I found two pennies, a nickel, two dimes, and a quarter for a total of 52 cents!

I posed my found money on Andrea Martin's Lady Parts. Well, on her book. This memoir is a riot. I'd highly recommend you check out Andrea Martin's Lady Parts. They are a laugh a minute. Seriously.



Facts About This Found Money
Denomination:  2 pennies, 1 nickel, 2 dimes, 1 quarter

Year:  pennies:  1982, 1999; nickel:  2001; dimes:  2002, 2011; quarter:  1998
U.S. Mint:  all D
Condition:  shiny to tarnished
Total Found Money in 2015 to Date:  $6.22

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Adding 17 Cents to My Found Money Jar

Today I rode my bike and found 2 pennies, a nickel, and a dime!

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

Year:  pennies:  1983, 2007; nickel:  1977; dime:  1999
U.S. Mint:  all D but one P
Condition:  shiny to tarnished
Total Found Money in 2015 to Date:  $5.70

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Found 25 Cents Today

Today I needed to go to the library so I parked sort of far away in a grocery store parking lot and moseyed all around hitting lots of parking lots of restaurants and other stores, crossed a busy street, and generally just wandered around looking for money. And find it I did!

I found 10 pennies, a nickel, and a dime! 

Facts About This Found Money
Denomination:  10 pennies, 1 nickel, 1 dime

Year:  too many to mess with
U.S. Mint:  ditto
Condition:  shiny to tarnished, some dinged
Total Found Money in 2015 to Date:  $5.53


Friday, January 16, 2015

76 Cents in Found Money Today

I ran some errands this morning and found 22 cents, 2 dimes and 2 pennies. I thought that was great! I was set!

Then later in the day I took a walk and found another 22 cents, 2 dimes and 2 pennies. What a coinky dink, I thought to myself.

But then I kept finding money! In all today I found 6 dimes, 11 pennies, and a nickel! And I found a Mexican 10 cent coin, too!

I posed the coins in a stack from largest in size to smallest. That little Mexican coin on top is pretty darned tiny! See that one wavy, warped penny about one third of the way up the stack? I think I found it in the street.

I found this money in all sorts of places:
  • in the street
  • on the floor of a grocery store
  • in a bank parking lot
  • in a grocery store parking lot
  • in a change tray at the grocery store
  • under a coin machine
  • by a carwash vacuum
  • in the parking lot of a coffee place
  • in the parking lot of my complex
  • and probably a few places I'm forgetting about
So, with this 76 cents I found today, my found money total for 2015 is now $5.28! That is more than I found in all of 2011. Amazing fruit! And I've found money each day so far in January (and in 2015)! 

Facts About This Found Money
Denomination:  11 pennies, 1 nickel, 6 dimes, 1 Mexican 10 cent coin

Year:  too many to mess with
U.S. Mint:  ditto, man
Condition:  shiny to tarnished, some dinged and one penny is warped
Total Found Money in 2015 to Date:  $5.28


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Found 31 Cents Today All Over the Place

This afternoon I had to run some errands and after going to the post office, I stopped at a car wash (yes, just to look for money) and found a nickel by a vacuum then moseyed over to another one and found a penny! Six cents!

Later I took a walk and found more coins. Here's what and where:
  • a penny at a gas station
  • three pennies in a fast food restaurant parking lot
  • a dime in the street
  • a dime and a penny at the grocery store on the floor under a newspaper rack
Another 25 cents making today's found money total 31 cents!

I posed my found money on a page of my Metropolitan Women Address Book; The Metropolitan Museum of Art.


Facts About This Found Money
Denomination:  6 pennies, 1 nickel, 2 dimes

Year:  pennies:  1972, 2000, 2011, 2014, 2014, 2014; nickel:  1996; dimes:  1999, 2013
U.S. Mint:  all D
Condition:  shiny to tarnished, some dinged
Total Found Money in 2015 to Date:  $4.52


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Found a Penny in Front of a Restaurant

Today I took a quick walk and found a lone penny in front of a restaurant. It was sort of standing up in a crack in the pavement. And it's a nice older one, from 1967.

Facts About This Found Money
Denomination:  1 penny

Year:  1967
U.S. Mint:  none
Condition:  tarnished
Total Found Money in 2015 to Date:  $4.21

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Rainy Morning But Found 13 Cents This Afternoon

This morning I picked up a friend and we planned to go to the Desert Botanical Gardens but it was raining, hard. It didn't let up till after 1 p.m. so we shopped a little and had lunch out. Then we shopped a little more. It was a really nice diversion. 

Then this afternoon I took a walk and found 13 cents:

  • one penny in the street
  • two pennies and a dime on the grocery store floor

It was a good day. How was your day today?

I posed the found money next to some cute little dog patches that I just listed for sale in my Etsy shop. Woof!

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

Year:  pennies:  2001, 2007, 2011; dime:  1988
U.S. Mint:  all D
Condition:  a range from shiny to tarnished
Total Found Money in 2015 to Date:  $4.20

Monday, January 12, 2015

A Banner Day for Finding Money: 94 Cents

This morning I had to go to the doctor. Nothing serious but I had to get a prescription so while I was waiting, I walked to Home Depot to buy some furnace filters. While in the store I found 2 pennies. Then I walked over to Walmart and found several more pennies in various places around the store. I don't even remember how many but at least 6. 

Then I walked around the parking lot while talking to my sister on the phone. I just kept finding pennies here and there. 

I saw a penny under a truck, smack dab in the middle under the truck. Well, unless I got on my hands and knees I wasn't going to reach it so I walked away. I went inside the pharmacy to get my prescription and when I came out the truck was gone and I was able to get the penny! 

So, I found 14 cents total this morning!

Then this afternoon I took a walk and lucky me! I found a penny in a parking lot, a penny on the floor of a store, and get this:  I found 2 quarters and 2 pennies at a gas station then another penny on the way home. Five pennies and 3 quarters!

So, I found 94 cents total today! I'm planning to write some letters, at least one tonight, so I posed the stacks of found pennies and quarters next to the stationery and stamps. Isn't it nice to get a real letter in the mail? I think so!

Facts About This Found Money
Denomination:  19 pennies, 3 quarters

Year:  pennies:  too many; quarters:  1998, 2007, 2007
U.S. Mint:  mostly D
Condition:  a range from shiny to tarnished
Total Found Money in 2015 to Date:  $4.07

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Found 43 Cents Riding My Bike

Well, that's not exactly true. I found a penny in my parking lot when I took out my trash then when I rode my bike I found the other 42 cents, but who's counting?

Anyway, here's where I found the 42 cents:

  • a dime and a nickel in a bank parking lot
  • a quarter in the street
  • two pennies in a fast food drive through lane

I was pretty happy I found all the major coins! It's a little trickier getting the money I find when I'm riding my bike. I often see it as I ride by then have to stop and walk back to get it. It's not a problem, just a little trickier.

I posed these coins with a postcard I got recently from a friend. She used the back of a Cheez Its box to make the postcard. I love it! The white cheddar flavor is my favorite!


How about you? Found any money lately? I hope so!
Facts About This Found Money
Denomination:  3 pennies, 1 nickel, 1 dime, 1 quarter

Year:  pennies:  1980, 1987, 2014; nickel:  1985; dime:  1985; quarter:  2008
U.S. Mint:  one penny with no mint mark, the rest D
Condition:  a range from shiny to tarnished
Total Found Money in 2015 to Date:  $3.13

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Found 68 Cents Today

Today I took two walks. This morning I walked to Goodwill since it was half off day. I found a penny in the parking lot on the way there.

Then this afternoon I took another walk and found a bunch of money! Here's what I can remember of where I found what:

  • 5 pennies and 2 dimes in a fast food drive through
  • a penny in bank drive through
  • 2 pennies at a gas station on the sidewalk
  • a dime in a parking space at an apartment building
  • a quarter in the gutter of the street

I don't remember where I found the other 4 pennies, but find them I did! That makes 68 cents found today.

Facts About This Found Money
Denomination:  13 pennies, 3 dimes, 1 quarter

Year:  too many to mess with
U.S. Mint:  same
Condition:  a range from shiny to tarnished
Total Found Money in 2015 to Date:  $2.70


Friday, January 9, 2015

Found 3 Pennies Today

This morning I walked to the store and found two pennies, one on the floor at the customer service counter and one in the change tray of the self-checkout register I used.

Then I found another penny on the way home at the gas station near the vacuums.

I posed the money next to some patches for sale in my Etsy shop.

Facts About This Found Money
Denomination:  3 pennies

Year:  1998, 2005, 2011
U.S. Mint:  all D
Condition:  all tarnished
Total Found Money in 2015 to Date:  $2.02

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Found 12 Cents Today

Today I ran some errands this morning and I found 6 cents at a gas station (a penny and a nickel). Then this afternoon I took a walk and I found six more pennies for a total of 12 cents found!

I found the pennies on the sidewalk, at another gas station, in a bank drive through lane, in the street, and I don't remember where I found the other two.

Facts About This Found Money
Denomination:  7 pennies, 1 nickel

Year:  too many to mess with
U.S. Mint:  ditto
Condition:  range from shiny to tarnished
Total Found Money in 2015 to Date:  $1.99

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Found 16 Cents on the Floor at Fry's

Today I went to Fry's and actually drove since I knew I'd buy some heavy things I wouldn't want to lug home if I walked. 

Well, I spotted a couple of coins on the floor in an empty checkout lane (a nickel and a dime) then found a penny on the floor by a self-checkout register. Yippee!

Facts About This Found Money
Denomination:  1 penny, 1 nickel, 1 dime

Year:  penny:  1989; nickel:  2011; dimes:  2010
U.S. Mint:  none, D, D
Condition:  shiny silver, tarnished penny
Total Found Money in 2015 to Date:  $1.87

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Took a Walk and Found 25 Cents

Today I took a walk and found seven coins totaling 25 cents:
  • a penny in a parking space in front of a pizza place
  • two pennies on the floor of a grocery store
  • a dime in a coin machine tray
  • a penny in some rocks at a gas station
  • another penny in some other rocks at the same gas station
  • a dime in the street on the way home
How are you doing? Have you found any money this year?

I posed the found money next to a cute little Raggedy Ann's Cooking School book I found recently. 

Facts About This Found Money
Denomination:  5 pennies, 2 dimes

Year:  pennies:  1979, 1980, 2008, 2010, 2014; dimes:  1976, 2009
U.S. Mint:  all D
Condition:  some shiny, some tarnished
Total Found Money in 2015 to Date:  $1.71

Monday, January 5, 2015

Found Six Pennies This Fine Winter Day

Today was nice and sunny and warm! Yay! it's been cold here in Phoenix so the warm temps (71ºF for a high!) felt great today.

This morning I walked around the outside of the complex here and found a penny in the street. Then this afternoon I rode my bike and found five more pennies:
  • a penny in a drive through lane of a chicken place
  • a penny on the sidewalk in front of Goodwill
  • three pennies in another drive through lane (a Mexican place this time)
I love finding money! 

Did you know tonight's a full moon? It is. Get out there and check it out. And if you don't read this till a few days from now, that's okay. I think the moon holds its shape very well for several days!

Facts About This Found Money
Denomination:  6 pennies

Year:  unreadable, 1993, 1998, 2007, 2014, 2014
U.S. Mint:  unreadable, all the rest D
Condition:  some shiny, some dinged up and tarnished
Total Found Money in 2015 to Date:  $1.46

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Found a Penny in a Bank Parking Lot

Today I went to my son's house and on the way home stopped at the grocery store. On the way to  my car I walked around the parking lot a bit and didn't find anything, so I expanded my walk and in a bank parking lot, I found a penny!

Facts About This Found Money
Denomination:  1 penny

Year:  1999
U.S. Mint:  D
Condition:  dinged up and tarnished
Total Found Money in 2015 to Date:  $1.40

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Found 12 Cents

I found three coins today totaling 12 cents:
  • a penny in a Walmart parking lot
  • a penny in a restaurant parking lot
  • a dime in some rocks while I was waiting to cross a street
Facts About This Found Money
Denomination:  2 pennies, 1 dime

Year:  pennies:  2007, 2013; dime:  2014
U.S. Mint:  all D
Condition:  2 are shiny, 1 tarnished
Total Found Money in 2015 to Date:  $1.39

Friday, January 2, 2015

Found 4 Pennies While Running Errands

Today I was out all afternoon running errands. I found 4 pennies. Here's where:

  • First I found a penny in the parking lot of the post office. 
  • Then I found a penny in the gutter of the street. 
  • Next I found a penny at a gas station under a water vending machine.
  • I spotted the last penny out my car window while I was stopped at a red light. I unbuckled my seatbelt and hopped out and got it in plenty of time. I was all buckled back in by the time the light turned green. Yay!
I posed them next to some patches I bought today.


Facts About This Found Money
Denomination:  4 pennies

Year:  pennies:  ?, 1999, 2014, 2014
U.S. Mint:  ?, all the rest D
Condition:  2 are very shiny, 2 from the street are dinged up
Total Found Money in 2015 to Date:  $1.27

Thursday, January 1, 2015

What a Way to Start the New Year! Found $1.23

Today I needed some black-eyed peas to eat this new year day, so I walked to Fry's grocery store. It was a little chilly out; the high was only 46 but while I was moving, it felt pretty good. I'm so glad I went because I found $1.23 total!

Here's what and where:

  • a quarter on a ledge under a soda vending machine outside the store
  • 2 dimes and 2 quarters in the copier change tray inside the store
  • a token (It says No Cash Value, so I'm not sure what it is.) and a Mexican 50 cent coin on the counter of the coin vending machine in the store
  • a penny on the sidewalk in front of a Red Box movie machine outside the store
  • a quarter in a drive through of a chicken joint
  • a penny in front of the dumpster in my complex
  • another penny but I can't remember where I found it!

I was thrilled to say the least to bring in the new year by finding 11 coins! I won't count the token dealie or the Mexican coin in my found money total, but it's still fun to find them!

I predict that 2015 is going to be a great year! Happy new year to you!

Facts About This Found Money
Denomination:  3 pennies, 2 dimes, 4 quarters, some sort of token, Mexican 50 cent coin

Year:  pennies:  1972, 1979, 1989; dimes:  1999, 2014; quarters:  1971, 1977, 1993, 1995; Mexican coin:  2012
U.S. Mint:  mostly all D, a few with no mark
Condition:  tarnished to shiny
Total Found Money in 2015 to Date:  $1.23

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