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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Coinstar ~ Turning Change into Amazon Purchases!

I know that I could turn counting change into a wonderful math activity for the kids, but after all is done and counted…I still have the change to deal with. And when I have bucketloads of change, taking it to a bank teller just seems like cruel and unusual punishment.

Enter the lovely Coinstar machine.

We have several machines in our area that we can use to count our change. Usually there is a fee associated with the change-over {around 9%}, but our machines offer a lovely feature ~ FREE coin counting if you opt for an e-voucher toward several online companies..one of them Amazon.

Since Amazon is pretty much my favorite place to shop online, I’m loving this feature. I had a sandwich-sized baggie of change and it amounted to a little bit over $33. That’s a lovely chunk of change that I can put towards an ever-growing cart of books and such that seem to be accumulating in my cart by the week.

Just wanted to pass along a little tip to you all in case you have a pile of growing change….and a soft spot for Amazon like me!

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13 Comments:

  • oo totally didn't know that there was an amazon e-voucher! Good to know!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At June 23, 2010 at 8:07 AM  

  • I've never used one of those machines, but Amazon is a great reason to start now! :) Thanks for sharing!

    By Blogger Heidi, At June 23, 2010 at 10:30 AM  

  • Thanks so much! I'll have to scout out one of those... I have several books in my "wish list cart" on amazon right now.

    By Blogger Insightful Brain, At June 23, 2010 at 10:52 AM  

  • ooooooooH. THANKS FOR SHARING. will totally be using that tip!

    By Blogger {darlene}, At June 23, 2010 at 1:05 PM  

  • no stinkin way! this is pure greatness! thanks for sharing!

    By Blogger mommy4, At June 23, 2010 at 1:37 PM  

  • Wow! I had no idea. Would it be wrong to take all of the change out of my daughter's piggy bank to help pay for tot school??? I buy most of the stuff from Amazon and things are pretty tight right now!!! LOL.

    By Blogger Unknown, At June 23, 2010 at 6:29 PM  

  • I haven't looked at the coinstar machines in a long time. Good looking out!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At June 23, 2010 at 6:42 PM  

  • Sorry, I tried to find your email address but couldn't. I won a giveaway from you earlier this year. It was a puzzle. The puzzle I had chosen wasn't going to be in stock until May. I'm not in any hurry, but just curious if you've heard any more from them.

    Thanks!
    Mandy
    email: mandy55404@yahoo.com
    blog: lllath.blogspot.com

    By Blogger Mandy, At June 23, 2010 at 10:15 PM  

  • I've seen the Coinstar at Wal-mart, but never used it. I also love Amazon and have been using my Swagbucks on certificates. I'm going to gather up some change now . . . ;0)

    By Blogger Sara @ Embracing Destiny, At June 24, 2010 at 3:55 PM  

  • REALLY good idea! My amazon list is a mile long, and we have tons of coins hanging around.

    By Blogger jeana, At July 4, 2010 at 9:20 AM  

  • Sorry, I tried to find your email address but couldn't. I won a giveaway from you earlier this year. It was a puzzle. The puzzle I had chosen wasn't going to be in stock until May. I'm not in any hurry, but just curious if you've heard any more from them.

    Thanks!
    Mandy
    email: mandy55404@yahoo.com
    blog: lllath.blogspot.com

    By Anonymous Mandy, At December 15, 2010 at 1:01 PM  

  • no stinkin way! this is pure greatness! thanks for sharing!

    By Anonymous mommy4, At December 15, 2010 at 1:01 PM  

  • oo totally didn't know that there was an amazon e-voucher! Good to know!

    By Anonymous Lindsay, At December 15, 2010 at 1:01 PM  

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