Forget Saving...25 Places to Look for Spare Change
While there have been times you may have had to scrounge around the house for spare change to buy milk until payday or to fill up a coin roll, you may be surprised to learn that if you really took a good look around at the spare change hiding in the crevices of your home, you might add it all up to a small fortune. It is estimated that average American has somewhere around $90 of loose change within their grasp. Some of the places to locate that change may be glaringly obvious, but others just may not be on your radar.
Depending on each person's home and habits, there can be money literally anyway. But just for fun, we came up with 25 different places you may be able to spot some spare change that you can turn in to some usable cash.
1. Couch cushions
2. Washing machine
4. Under your car seats
5. Coat pockets (including the ones hanging in your closet)
6. Pockets of your clothes
7. Purses (active and inactive)
8. Wallets (active and inactive)
9. Old greeting cards (may find a green bill or two in a card from Grandma)
10. Desk drawers
11. Buried in the yard
12. Attic or closet storage boxes
14. Under the radiators
15. Under the carpet
16. On top of or under the refrigerator
17. Old piggy banks
18. Junk drawers
19. Old grocery bags
20. Kids toy box
21. Kitchen cabinets
22. Under the porch/deck
23. In the bed
24. In the clothing hamper
25. Old jars/cups
The company, Coinstar, that consolidates your change into dollar bills has been running a promotion to waive their usual 8% redemption fee if consumers consent to exchange their change for merchant gift cards or certificates from participating retailers, such as iTunes, Amazon, Starbucks, Cabelas, and Overstock.com.
Just when you think you may be broke, take a good look around your living space and see what you can find. Make a sport of it for the kids to see who can find the most change. Get into the practice of leaving collection jars in centralized locations like the kitchen, laundry room, bathroom, and bedroom to make future change collections much easier.