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Monday, March 30, 2015

Found a Nickel in a Parking Space

Today I went to the doctor for my annual exam. Ugh, I know. On the way home I went to the grocery store and spotted a bright, shiny nickel in an empty parking space.

Facts About This Found Money
Denomination:  1 nickel
Year:  2011
U.S. Mint:  D
Condition:  shiny 
Total Found Money in 2015 to Date:  $19.69

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Found 31 Cents on a Walk Today

This morning I took out my trash and noticed someone had left a little nightstand by the dumpster. Being Miss Nosy, I opened the top drawer first and found a dime and 4 pennies inside! Along with some Christmas ornaments, a pen, and a guide to enjoying Los Angeles. I left the other stuff and took the coins. By the way, nothing good in the bottom drawer so I left that stuff.

So, that was a great dumpster diving expedition without all the fuss and muss!

Then about noon today I took a walk and found 4 pennies in the street (two different streets all in different spots), a penny on the floor under a coin machine at the grocery store and a dime on a rubber mat at the grocery store, then 2 more pennies in some rocks by some pay phones. 

So, I found 31 cents today. Yay! Have you found any money lately?

Facts About This Found Money
Denomination:  11 pennies, 2 dimes
Year:    too many to mess with
U.S. Mint:   ditto
Condition:  range from shiny to tarnished, a couple are dinged up
Total Found Money in 2015 to Date:  $19.64

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Found 4 Cents Today on a Walk

Today I braved the heat again and walked to Sprouts for some produce. On the way home I found 2 pennies at a gas station then 2 more pennies in a fast food drive through lane. 

That's 4 more cents for my 2015 found money. This puts me at $19.33 for the year. Not bad!

Facts About This Found Money
Denomination:  4 pennies
Year:    2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 
U.S. Mint:   all D
Condition:  3 shiny, 1 tarnished, 1 shiny one is dinged up
Total Found Money in 2015 to Date:  $19.33

Friday, March 27, 2015

Found 10 Cents on a Walk

This morning I walked to the grocery store before it got too hot. On the way I found a penny in the street, then I found a penny in front of an ATM, then a nickel in a fast food drive through lane, and in the store, I found 3 pennies on the floor. 

Facts About This Found Money
Denomination:  5 pennies, 1 nickel
Year:    too tired to mess with them
U.S. Mint:  D
Condition:  shiny to tarnished
Total Found Money in 2015 to Date:  $19.29

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Found Money Blog: Found a Lowly Penny

Today I found a penny in a parking lot stuck in the tar. It came right up though. Yay!

Facts About This Found Money
Denomination:  1 penny
Year:    penny:  2015
U.S. Mint:  D
Condition:  shiny with tar
Total Found Money in 2015 to Date:  $19.19

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Found 38 Cents Yesterday

Last night right after I shut down my computer for the day, I saw the money sitting on my coffee table that I'd found yesterday and realized I hadn't blogged about it. Doh!

Oh well, here is what I found:

  • at a gas station:  a dime, then a quarter, then two pennies
  • in a fast food drive through lane:  a penny

Yay! I had walked quite a bit first looking at another gas station, another fast food place, a bank drive through, a shopping center parking lot, and along a busy street. I was beginning to think I wouldn't find any money then I did.

So the moral of the stories, kiddies, is don't give up. Keep at it. You never know when you'll strike it big.

Facts About This Found Money
Denomination:  3 pennies, 1 dime, 1 quarter
Year:    pennies:  2010, 2014, 2015; dime:  2011; quarter:  2002
U.S. Mint:  mostly D, dime is P
Condition:  mostly all shiny but a few are dirty/sticky
Total Found Money in 2015 to Date:  $19.18

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Found 7 Pennies on a Walk Today

Today I walked a little farther than usual, to Home Depot. I bought a pair of 3M earmuffs. These are heavy duty sound deadening ear protection headphones. I live in a noisy condo complex (I WANT TO MOVE!). While I'm hear I have to do whatever I can to keep my sanity, so I'm hoping I can wear these while I'm working at the computer and have a bit more peace and quiet.

Anyway, about the seven pennies I found! I found one in the street, one on a sidewalk, a few in a parking lot, and one in a pizza box that was sitting on the top of a trash can. Go figure!

The price at Amazon is better than what I paid!

Facts About This Found Money
Denomination:  7 pennies
Year:    pennies:  1974, 1982, 1982, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015
U.S. Mint:  all D
Condition:  shiny to tarnished and one is dinged up
Total Found Money in 2015 to Date:  $18.80

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Found 11 Cents Today

Today I took a walk and found 11 cents! First I found a penny on the floor of a store then another. Then I walked to a gas station, nothing. Then in front of some pay phones I found four more pennies and a nickel!

Facts About This Found Money
Denomination:  6 pennies, 1 nickel
Year:    pennies:  1963, 1990, 2004, 2013, 2013, 2015; nickel:  1999
U.S. Mint:  mostly D, one with no mint mark
Condition:  shiny to tarnished
Total Found Money in 2015 to Date:  $18.73


Friday, March 20, 2015

Found Money Blog: Two Dimes Are Mine

Today I walked to the grocery store to get my free Fry's (Kroger) item. It was a small container of Nestea Liquid Water Enhancer. I got the lemonade tea flavor. Bet it'll be good on one of those hot summer days coming up.

By the way, if you get an account with Fry's (or whatever your Kroger store is called), they'll send you an email each week with a link to downloading the free item to your card. You just buy it and the price is automatically deducted from your total. Yay! Love free stuff.



So, in front of the grocery store I found a dime under a vending machine and in the store I found another dime on the floor.

Facts About This Found Money
Denomination:  2 dimes
Year:    1984, 1998
U.S. Mint:  D, D
Condition:  shiny 
Total Found Money in 2015 to Date:  $18.62

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Found Money Blog: 11 Cents Richer

Today I took a walk (hadn't done that in several days and it felt really good). I found a penny in a bank drive through lane then a dime on the floor of a grocery store. 

I forgot the bag with my peppers and apples I bought at the store. I had already crossed the street and walked about a block before I realized it! So, I jaywalked and went back for my stuff. Duh.

Facts About This Found Money
Denomination:  1 penny, 1 dime
Year:    pennies:  1994; dimes:  2013
U.S. Mint:  D, D
Condition:  tarnished penny, shiny dime 
Total Found Money in 2015 to Date:  $18.42

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Found 32 Cents in the Grocery Store Parking Lot

Today I stopped by the grocery store and actually parked in front of a liquor store next door. I found 3 dimes and 2 pennies. So technically I found this money in a liquor store parking lot but I was headed to the grocery store. So there.

How about you? Have you found any money lately? Please let us know!

Facts About This Found Money
Denomination:  2 pennies, 3 dimes
Year:    pennies:  1990, 2007; dimes:  1965, 1984, 2014
U.S. Mint:  D and P
Condition:  some tarnished, some shiny, 1 dime dinged up
Total Found Money in 2015 to Date:  $18.31


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Found a Penny on the Grocery Store Floor

Today the title of this blog entry literally says it all.

Facts About This Found Money
Denomination:  1 penny
Year:    2003
U.S. Mint:  D
Condition:  tarnished with some shiny peeking out
Total Found Money in 2015 to Date:  $17.99


Monday, March 16, 2015

Found 4 Cents Today

This afternoon I ran to the library to pick up a few books on reserve and while out I found 4 pennies!

First I found a penny next to a car as I was leaving the library. Then I found a penny in front of the grocery store and another two pennies inside on the grocery store floor.

Facts About This Found Money
Denomination:  4 pennies
Year:    pennies:  1964, 1977, 1981, 2013
U.S. Mint:  2 D, 2 none
Condition:  tarnished to shiny

Total Found Money in 2015 to Date:  $17.98

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Found 15 Cents at the Grocery Store

Today I walked to the grocery store, mostly just for the walk, but I bought a few fruits and vegetables while I was there. On the checkout thingie they provide for you to rest your purse, I found four pennies! Then I found a penny in the tray of the coin machine and a dime in the change tray of the copier. 

Great day for finding money!

Facts About This Found Money
Denomination:  5 pennies, 1 dime

Year:    pennies:  1988, 1996, 2007, 2010, 2012; dime:  2014
U.S. Mint:  all D
Condition:  tarnished to shiny

Total Found Money in 2015 to Date:  $17.94

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Found Money Blog: 13 Cents Plus a Hong Kong Dime

This afternoon I went to the library to pick up some books on reserve. I didn't find any money there but I also went to Target and found a penny and a dime on the floor! 

Then I went to the grocery store and found a penny in the parking lot on the way in to the store and once inside I found another penny on the floor and a little coin in the tray of the coin machine. It is a 1990 coin that reads:  Queen Elizabeth the Second with her profile on the front of the coin, and on the back it reads Hong Kong, 10, 1990, ten cents. It also has a Chinese symbol. I'll have to get my son to tell me what it says. I just love finding foreign coins!

As usual I won't add this coin's value to my found money total. And I couldn't easily find the value of this coin in American dollars. Anyone?

Have you found any coins or bills lately? Let us know!

Oh, I posed today's found money next to this cute little guy. My grandson gave him to me. He called it a pop eye penguin. When you squeeze his head, his eyes pop out. Really funny and cute!

Facts About This Found Money
Denomination:  3 pennies, 1 dime, 1 Hong Kong 10 cent coin

Year:    pennies:  1980, 1997, 2004; dime:  1988; Hong Kong coin:  1990
U.S. Mint:  pennies:  D, none, D; dime is P
Condition:  tarnished to shiny

Total Found Money in 2015 to Date:  $17.79

Friday, March 13, 2015

Found a Penny in the Parking Lot

Today I found a penny in the parking lot. That is all.

Facts About This Found Money
Denomination:  1 penny

Year:    2007
U.S. Mint:  D
Condition:  tarnished and dinged up a bit

Total Found Money in 2015 to Date:  $17.66

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Found a Castle and 12 Cents Today



This morning I met a friend for coffee and while there, I found a penny. 

Then later we took a little drive to see Phoenix from the side of a mountain. Pretty cool! This castle is nestled against the mountain, and it blends in so well that when down on Camelback Road I had never noticed it before.

Then we went to the grocery store. I found a dime in a change tray and a penny on the floor of the store. 

One of the pennies is a brand new 2015 penny. I hadn't seen any of them yet. 


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

Year:  pennies:  1987, 2015; dime:  200
7
U.S. Mint:  all D
Condition:  range from tarnished to shiny
Total Found Money in 2015 to Date:  $17.65

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Found 12 Cents and Danish Krone

Today I walked to the grocery store and found a penny in the parking lot, then a penny on the floor of the store, and a dime in the change tray at the self checkout register where I checked out. I also found a Danish krone marked 25 øre sitting on the ledge of the coin machine

You can check out this Danish coin here if you like. It has a crown on one side and a small heart and 25 øre on the other. It's the same size as our dime.

I love finding foreign coins. This coin is no longer made, and I'm thrilled to have found it. I won't add the value to my found money total. I found one site that says it's worth about 15 cents. Cool!

UPDATE:  This evening I drove to Fresh and Easy and I found 2 pennies while I was checking out near the plastic bags. Yay! 14 cents found today, not 12 after all.

Facts About This Found Money
Denomination:  4 pennies, 1 dime, 1 Danish 
øre 
Year:  pennies:  2003, 2004, 2005, 2010; dime:  2005; 
øre:  1997
U.S. Mint:  all D
Condition:  range from tarnished to shiny
Total Found Money in 2015 to Date:  $17.53

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Found 33 Cents Today

Today I took a walk and found a quarter and 6 pennies! Then this evening I went to the grocery store and found 2 more pennies, 1 in the parking lot on the way in and 1 in the parking lot on the way out.

Facts About This Found Money
Denomination:  8 pennies, 1 quarter
Year:  too many to mess with
U.S. Mint:  mostly D
Condition:  range from tarnished to shiny
Total Found Money in 2015 to Date:  $17.39

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Found Money: Found More Than a Dollar Today

This afternoon I drove to a bookstore to buy a book they were holding for me. On the way I was stopped at a red light and noticed something shiny on the ground outside my window. Two quarters! I put my car in Park and hopped out to get them. Then later I found three pennies in a parking lot. 53 cents. I was thrilled!

Then I decided to go to the main Scottsdale library. I hadn't been there in a long time, probably close to a year and I almost didn't pull into the parking garage because some sort of big sports whoop-dee do was going on and they had signs out that read "parking lot full," but I did pull in to the underground garage and found a spot immediately! 

Inside the library I spotted two more quarters on the floor next to some vending machines! I found four quarters today. Yay! $1.03!

Facts About This Found Money
Denomination:  3 pennies, 4 quarters
Year:  pennies:  ?, 1986, 1994; quarters:  2000, 2000, 2001, 2008
U.S. Mint:  mostly D
Condition:  range from tarnished to shiny and one is all sticky, yuck
Total Found Money in 2015 to Date:  $17.06

Friday, March 6, 2015

Found 85 Cents Today on a Walk

This afternoon I felt like I wasn't getting much accomplished (I'm writing a book and it's slow going right now), so I took a walk. It helped. I was able to write some, not a lot, but about 1,000 words when I got home.

While out I found 85 cents! I found a penny in the street, then a dime under a coin machine at the grocery store, then 73 cents in a change tray at the self checkout lane, and another penny in front of a pay phone at a gas station. 

Facts About This Found Money
Denomination:  5 pennies, 3 dimes, 2 quarters
Year:  pennies:  ? 1970, 2000, 2003, 2007, 2013; dimes:  1966, 1992, 2013; quarters:  1997, 2009
U.S. Mint:  mostly D
Condition:  range from tarnished to shiny and one is dinged up good
Total Found Money in 2015 to Date:  $16.93


Thursday, March 5, 2015

Found 14 Cents

Today I found 14 cents:  4 pennies and a dime!

Facts About This Found Money
Denomination:  4 pennies, 1 dime
Year:  pennies:  1970, 1987, 1991, 1994; dime:  2013
U.S. Mint:  mostly D
Condition:  range from tarnished to shiny but all in good shape
Total Found Money in 2015 to Date:  $16.08

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Found Money Blog: Found 80 Cents

Today I found a bunch of coins, 80 cents worth:

  • 5 pennies 
  • 5 dimes
  • 1 quarter

I found this money here, there, and everywhere:

  • at a gas station
  • at a drive through lane
  • in the change tray at the grocery store
  • on the grocery store floor
  • in a parking lot

Have you found any money lately?

Facts About This Found Money
Denomination:  5 pennies, 5 dimes, 1 quarter
Year:  too many to mess with
U.S. Mint:  mostly D
Condition:  range from tarnished to shiny but all in good shape
Total Found Money in 2015 to Date:  $15.94

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Found Money Blog: 52 Cents Richer

I walked to the grocery store this morning and once inside I hit pay dirt! I found a dime on the floor in the dairy section then a dime and nickel in the coin machine at the front of the store! 25 cents! I was thrilled!

Then I walked across the street and found a penny in the intersection. It was a mess, all scratched up and gouged in a couple of places. 

At a gas station I found a quarter in the tray of a pay phone! On the way home I found another penny in the gutter of the street. That makes 52 cents found today.

I finished reading the novel shown here (All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner) last night. Loved it! You can check it out on Amazon:



Facts About This Found Money
Denomination:  2 pennies, 1 nickel, 2 dimes, 1 quarter
Year:  pennies:  ?, 2007; nickel:  1985; dimes:  1980, 1999; quarter:  2000
U.S. Mint:  all D except that messed up penny and with it, who knows?
Condition:  range from tarnished to shiny and one penny is a mess
Total Found Money in 2015 to Date:  $15.14

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Found Money: 11 Cents

Today I took a walk and found 10 cents:


  • a penny near a bank drive through
  • two pennies and a nickel at a gas station
  • a penny in the street
  • and a penny in a parking lot


Then this evening I went to the grocery store and found a penny in a self checkout change tray. 

Facts About This Found Money
Denomination:  6 pennies, 1 nickel
Year:  pennies:  1981, 1991, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2011; nickel:  1999
U.S. Mint:  some with no mint mark, the rest D
Condition:  range from tarnished to shiny
Total Found Money in 2015 to Date:  $14.62

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