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# dirty money analysis, part 3

August 5th, 2010 at 06:07 am

Part 2,

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Part 1, here

A bit of an analysis of the change I found inside places. As I said before, I found \$12.70 or 25% of my yearly total (\$49.98) inside places like buses, grocery stores, etc.

I catagorized the inside locations and totals thusly:
Bus \$1.72, or 13.9%; coffee shop(s) \$0.80, or 6.3%; groceries other than Safeway \$0.46, or 3.6%; gym \$0.98, or 7.7%; miscellaneous places \$1.52, or 12.0%; Safeway \$6.38, or 50.2%; work \$0.80, or 6.3%.

Of course, this is indicative of where I go - one can't find change in places where one doesn't go. The miscellaneous places that I found change at were particularly interesting and can give you some more ideas on good places to look - bank lobbies, elevator floor inside Group Health, thrift store floors, hardware store, restaurant carpets, vending machines, coinstar machines, chiropractor's office.

I had further catagorized where in the inside locations I had found the money. That worked out thusly:
Aisle \$0.38, or 3.0%; Checkout \$1.09, or 8.6%; Floor \$6.77, or 53.3%; miscellaneous locations \$1.28, or 10.1%; under something \$3.18, or 25.0%.

The miscellaneous locations include escalators (surprising to me), on tables, cabinets, and stands, gym equipment, that edge between the bus seat and the window. You can find money just in the middle of the floor, but often the change lurks under things. Change especially lurks close to the source - when you get coins in exchange for a bill and you drop a coin or two.

Change found outside next.

### 2 Responses to “dirty money analysis, part 3”

1. rob62521 Says:
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Have you ever thought about getting a metal detector to search the grass in the park? I have a friend who goes to elementary school buildings and the park to search for change. He said the neighborhood of the school usually determines how much money he gets. The school near his house has more change than the school where he works which is high poverty.

2. baselle Says:
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Hmmm - I'm thinking that would be more hassle than it was worth. It would either be that the detector would constantly be going off from all the safety pins, washers, paper clips, earrings that I'd find. Or it would be that I'd be lugging around a silent detector. Not to mention that these days a mid-aged lady going around a school with a metal detector tends to set off all sorts of questions.

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