I hit up my friend, Mr. Coin Monster, last night, and I wanna play a quick game with you. How many coins do you think I fed him this time around?? ;) I can’t remember the last time I paid him a visit (or, rather he paid ME! *bah dum ching*) but I can tell you that I’ve blogged about it twice in the past 3 years: Once in 2008 when I saved $101.62 before the commission, and once in 2010 when I got back $76.48 – so that should give you some sort of idea to go on other than that pic up there.
And I’ll tell you this much – you better believe I didn’t use Coinstar again! Yeah it’s convenient if there aren’t any other banks within a 10 mile radius, but they take a whopper out of that change — 9% last time I checked. I think it’s smarter of banks these days to get their own, not only to entice customers to bank with them more (I’ll admit, it’s kinda sexy knowing you can use it anytime you want for FREE!), but also then the tellers don’t have to count it all!
Can you imagine how annoying that must have been back in the day? Like when we had all those paper rolls to put dimes and nickels in and all? Haha… oh man, I remember tearing those things up! (not literally). I used to BEG for those on birthdays and Christmases more so than money sometimes :) I guess I was a huge nerd even back then? I think I’m actually gonna add that back to my list of toys for kids again… that’s a habit I’d love to pass on to those little tykes growing up in the world, haha… do they still even make them anymore?
Here are a few other tips to keep in mind before using the closest coin monster in your hood:
- Don’t go during peak hours (start of work, lunch time, or right after work). Those machines are LOUD! And everyone stares at you like you’ve got those big blue slurpees from Glee all over your face! It’s def. not for the self-conscious.
- Don’t try and trick the machine and put in any shady-ass coins (or from Canada for that matter – they don’t work, I’ve tried (no offense, Canadians)). These machines are slick. They’ll even spit the coins right back at you! Also, you know how
peopleold people always warn you to never pick up any of those wooden nickels? Well, I think I finally figured out why — it’s because these machines won’t take ’em ;)
- Don’t accidentally drop warm gum in your stash… (or anything else sticky and/or un-coin like) I spent more time trying to un-glue those little bastards than I did in the entire round trip to the bank and back! Haha…. I also had to throw away some pennies – I almost cried.
- And lastly, whatever you do, never EVER stop saving your coins! I know it takes a crap ton of time for anything significant to add up, but I swear the joy you get when you walk outta that place is incredibly exhilarating! So much so that all your worries for the next 15 mins go right out the window. Like, when I dropped my iPhone right into a puddle of water 5 seconds after leaving the bank (!!!!). The first thing that came to my mind? “Shit. At least I’m $____ richer!” (ACK! Almost told you how much I made right there!!! haha… You gotta guess, remember?)
So it was a good time yesterday, my friends. Even though I had all that money sitting around in antique wine glasses the whole time (no joke — I do my best to make our room look like a king’s palace), it felt like I came away with a handful of free money :) And there’s not too many experiences better than that, I’ll tell you what… so if you don’t have any of your OWN buckets or jars going on yet, make sure to start one tonight before you hit the bed! It’s not as sexy as, well, having sex – to put it bluntly – but luckily it only takes a few seconds to get it going! (and also, to have the sex? Oooooohh!)
Now hurry up and tell me your guesses :)
**UPDATE: The winning # is……. $84.76! Jeff @ My Multiple Streams got the closest with his $85.32 guess! Great job guys, this was hella fun ;) Have a beautiful weekend!
Jay loves talking about money, collecting coins, blasting hip-hop, and hanging out with his three beautiful boys. You can check out all of his online projects at jmoney.biz. Thanks for reading the blog!