The Humphreys, a New York family, have collected over $1,000 in change since they started collecting in 2005! The whole family gets in on the hunt and shares their finds and a running total on their blog Changepot. In October they ended year three with an impressive $402.72 and are already off to a great start with a total of more than $40 including a hefty find of $20 bill.
Another individual profiled by the marketplace has pulled in close to $300 in change with even greater detail of where each coin is found. After reading through his blog, The ChangeRace, I've decided the first place I am going to start my change hunting is around the Coinstar machine at the grocery store.
I'll be the first to admit that I pass up change too often. Hec, I swept up a penny tonight while I was cleaning and didn't think twice about it; and that was my penny. After realizing that, with a little effort, I could potentially collect a few hundred bucks a year in discarded change, I decided to give it a go. Even if I do a poor job of hunting, I'll still have more cash than I did when I started.
So where should I start looking for change? Since I've already decided to hit up the Coinstar machine I went searching for areas that I encounter on a daily basis that would have change. An article from Savingadvice.com, 10 Best Places to Find Money While Walking, proved to be an excellent starting point for change hunting.
Here are a few of the best:
- Vending machines
I'm already excited about the prospect of getting free money in 2009. It takes me back to when I would hunt for change as a kid. I would scour parking lots, store aisles and pretty much anywhere an adult, all of which I thought were loaded, would lose money. In all honesty, a good portion of my childhood video games were financed by loose change so there's no reason my adult hobbies can't be financed the same way.
Via The Consumerist