My Found Money Jar

My Found Money Jar
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Thursday, December 31, 2015

I Did It! I Did It! $100+ Found in 2015

Today I was on a mission.

As I mentioned in my last post, as of Tuesday, December 29, I had found $99.85 this year! I had to find 15 cents more to make it an even $100. Or more, of course!


Yesterday on my walk I found two pennies and a dime so that brought the year's total to $99.97. Not good enough! 

This morning I went to two thrift stores and three other stores and only found 1 penny in the parking lot in front of Big Lots. Ugh. So this afternoon I took my last walk of 2015. I went my regular route and didn't find a thing! Then as I was about to head home, I scouted out the McDonald's drive through and yep, there it was! I found 37 cents (two pennies, a dime, and a quarter). Whoopee!

So that brings my found money total for 2015 to $100.35! I'm tickled pink!

How about starting a found money challenge yourself for 2016? Here's a fun bank to help you know where that money should go. It helps kids learn about sharing, spending, and saving money. 




Facts About This Found Money
Denomination:  5 pennies, 2 dimes, 1 quarter
Year:  too many to mess with
U.S. Mint:  same
Condition:  shiny to tarnished
Total Found Money in 2015 to Date:  $100.35


Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Found Money: $1.68

So, this past week I found $1.68 in coins in the usual places:  parking lots, floor of a store, change trays of vending machines, drive through lanes. This brings my found money for 2015 to a total of $99.85! 

So, that means I'm only 15 cents away from $100 of found money for the year! Yes!!! I know in the next 2 days I can find that. Right? Right! 

I'm on a mission so will keep looking till I find it!

Facts About This Found Money
Denomination:  13 pennies, 1 nickels, 10 dimes, 2 quarters
Year:  too many to mess with
U.S. Mint:  same
Condition:  shiny to tarnished
Total Found Money in 2015 to Date:  $99.85


Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Found Money This Past Week: $1.18

The past week I've found money nearly every day. In total I found $1.18. Not a ton but this is moving me very close to breaking that $100 mark for found money in 2015. Will I do it? I really hope so!

In addition to the coins I found, I also found three foreign coins (2 Canadian 25-cent coins, a 20-cent Euro) and a car wash token. Score!

As you can see, it's lemon season here in Arizona. I made lemonade with my grandson today. Delicious!
Facts About This Found Money
Denomination:  33 pennies, 2 nickels, 5 dimes, 1 quarter, 3 foreign coins and a car wash token
Year:  too many to mess with
U.S. Mint:  same
Condition:  shiny to tarnished
Total Found Money in 2015 to Date:  $98.17

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Found 40 Cents This Week

Well, I didn't find a ton of money this week. Just 40 cents. But that's okay. Today my grandson and I took a walk and stopped to sit in a little pavilion. While sitting there, I looked down and saw a dime! Then we hopped up and he found a quarter and two pennies, and I found a penny. What fun!

Facts About This Found Money
Denomination:  10 pennies, 3 dimes

Year:  too many to mess with
U.S. Mint:  same
Condition:  shiny to tarnished
Total Found Money in 2015 to Date:  $96.99

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Found $100+ in a Purse... But I Didn't Keep It


Tonight on my walk, I found a purse. Well, this was unusual, let me tell you! I have found a couple of wallets before but never an entire purse. It was near a bank in some rocks. Being nosy, I opened it to see if there was an ID inside. I didn't find one but I did see that the wallet had more than $100 in it! Boy, was that tempting!

I didn't keep it though. As I was walking home, I saw a sheriff's car in a shopping center parking lot. So I took the purse to the deputy. She took my information and said she'd try to locate the owner. We had the little "if it were my purse, I'd want someone to turn it in" conversation.

So, I'm back home and just got a call from the deputy who told me that the woman's purse was stolen earlier today and the thief had taken a few things from it but obviously not everything! Like the money! Very strange.

I'm glad I returned it because frankly it was eating at me just walking around with it for the 20 minutes or so I had it. 

I would make a terrible criminal.

But I did find a quarter in a change tray of a water machine on my walk. My reward! In the past week I've found a total of 75 cents. 

The moral of the story:  Just turn in the damned purse (or wallet) and sleep better at night.

Facts About This Found Money
Denomination:  5 pennies, 1 nickel, 4 dimes, 1 quarter

Year:  too many to mess with
U.S. Mint:  same
Condition:  shiny to tarnished
Total Found Money in 2015 to Date:  $96.59

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