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cruised past $300

June 8th, 2013 at 02:44 am

In found money. I've been tracking it since 7/14/2009 as a lark; it took me nearly 4 years to pick it up. Here is the breakdown...

5,193 pennies. Rolled up, almost 104 penny rolls.
295 nickels. Rolled up, over 7 nickel rolls. Its a little bit of a surprise how few nickels I find. I think its because you just don't get a ton in change and that they are nearly as large as a quarter.
978 dimes. Rolled up, almost 20 dime rolls. Yowsa!
301 quarters. Rolled up, over 7 quarter rolls. Since I find nearly as many nickels as quarters, I think the nickel is about the same profile as a quarter, just not as exciting to pick up.
60.61$ worth of dollars and odd foreign coins. I'm finding that I tend to find bills close to cars and often after wind and rain. I found a 1/4 scrap of a $100 bill on the street across my condo; broke my heart that I couldn't count it. (Now if it was over 1/2, I could cash it and count it.)

Pennies especially, I put them in tip jars around town as I use the services. Kind of catch and release for coin rescue.

8 Responses to “cruised past $300”

  1. Thrifty Ray Says:

    Thats an amazing number of coins! I need to look at the ground more!

  2. PauletteGoddard Says:

    How do you do it? I manage only pennies where I walk. These must be downtown. Well there are the QFC self-check areas, those have been pretty good.

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    Love it...'catch and release'!

  4. CB in the City Says:

    I've been doing it for two years and am only now getting close to $30. I must not be as vigilant -- or Chicagoans do a better job holding onto their change!

  5. My English Castle Says:

    Parking lots your best spots, Baselle? I find change there pretty often. I wonder if the weight of nickels vs dimes makes a difference?

  6. rob62521 Says:

    Wow, what a stockpile of coins. Love the "catch and release" too.

  7. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Nice way to 'nickel and dime" yourself into some extra money. Smile

  8. baselle Says:

    Here are my secrets. I find change where there are pockets or pocket equivalents (aka a parked car), cash, and distraction. One can assess whether its worth looking if you can identify how much of those three ingredients there are. Bus stops, lines of people, escalators, by edges or underneath of displays and sandwich boards, roads (gutters), inside buses especially on aisle, floor, where the seat connects with the wall of the bus. Parking lots, but especially car wash parking lots are fantastic.

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