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July 15th, 2010 at 09:27 pm

Whew, I didn't think it had been this long. Apologies!

I had an action packed couple of weeks. First off, through most of this time I had the mother of all colds. July 4th I felt a bit off, and decided not to bother with going to the 4th of July party. Said cold had morphed, by the 7th, into a full (sore-)throated nightmare. I couldn't talk, DH had to call in for me.

The next day was the beginning of the trip to Montana to celebrate MILs 85th. For the 8th - 13th we were out on the road...and believe you me, being sick on the road is not what its cracked up to be. We spent some money here and there - rented a car because the cushmobile still had its left light and bumper out - boarded V.I., who was not thrilled with the idea but seemed to tolerate a lot better this time than during the weekend cow trip. We also decided that driving from Seattle to Bozeman in one shot is for the birds. We've done it many times, we need not demonstrate that we are nuts yet again.

By the 13th we were back, and I had one more day to recouperate. I'm still not 100% by any means.

The 13th of July represents the 365th day of finding change. Did I make $50? It looked good for a long time - even on the 8th chasing around (I had to turn on my out of office email), I was at $49.97. I figured, heh heh, how hard would it be to find 3 pennies in 5-6 days?

Impossible, it turns out. Montanans apparently keep their change in their pockets instead of flinging it out like Seattleites do. Total strikeout for the entire trip.

So okay, I figured I was still in the game - I had the 13th to find at least three pennies. Alas, I only found one. My total for the year stands at $49.98: 1098 pennies, 44 nickels, 189 dimes, 44 quarters, 2 $1 bills, 1 $5 bill, 1 10 pence coin worth 10 cents. If you think in terms of rolled change, its 2 pennies shy of 22 rolls, a bit more than 1 roll of nickels, 3 3/4 rolls of dimes, a bit more than 1 roll of quarters.

More than a sock's worth, that's for sure. I'll do a bit of data crunching this weekend. To whew your appetite, note that I only found $12.66 indoors (25%), the rest ($37.31) outside (75%). Change finding is definitely an outdoor sport.

9 Responses to “I'm back”

  1. Thrifty Ray Says:

    sorry you were sick for the trip. That always sucks...nearly $50 in found money is fantastic...just for looking down, while you were outside...very encouraging for the rest of us!

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    I think you did great! Only 2 cents short. Not bad. I think I'm more amazed at your record keeping on where you found the change. Smile

  3. rob62521 Says:

    Hope you feel better.

    I'm impressed with the challenge...never thought of doing that with change.

  4. North Georgia Gal Says:

    That is amazing! I never thought that found change could add up like that!

  5. My English Castle Says:

    Ugh, I hate traveling sick.
    But you've inspired us to start our own log on found money.
    Are you going to continue?

  6. frugaltexan75 Says:

    You were pretty close to the $50 mark, which is really impressive in a years time. Like others said, even more impressive is how you managed to keep track of it for an entire year!

  7. baselle Says:

    My English Castle -
    I'm not quite sure whether I'm going to continue or not. I did find 4 cents the next day (14th), 12 cents the day after (15th), nothing today (16th).

    I'm tempted to continue at least for a couple of months because I have the tracking system - an excel spreadsheet - honed, and I didn't find a lot of change the first couple of months. I'm tempted to think that summer is a crappy time to find change, but is it due to that or whether I now really know what to look for as opposed to then.

    I'm equally tempted to discontinue it because when I look I really look to the point of distraction. I've had people ask me what I'm looking for and can they help. Smile I find myself looking a lot at the sidewalks and the side of the road, and less time to really enjoy my walks. Maybe there's a happy medium somewhere.

  8. My English Castle Says:

    I discussed your system with some friends tonight, and she says that here in the Midwest, it's best to look near the parking meters during the first spring thaw. She figures she's raked in a small fortune there (probably very small!) Perhaps a small change fortune?

    We wouldn't want to ruin your walk, but we've enjoyed your progress!

  9. baselle Says:

    Parking meters, especially our new style where there's only a couple per block and you use the meter to buy a timed sticker, are fantastic places to find change at ANY time. The meters concentrate the possibility of losing change - instead of looking around sidewalk every eight feet or so, you only need to look around two places per sidewalk. No need to wait until the first spring thaw!

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