So. We visited Coinstar. And I’m giving money away to you.

by Kristen on December 18, 2013 · 17 comments

in Giveaways

pennies for coinstar

Coinstar emailed me a bit ago to see if I wanted to give their machines a try, and since they’re kindly paying me for the time I spent doing that, I thought it would be kind of nice if I shared some of that with you.

(Because heaven knows no one would pay me to go to Coinstar if you guys didn’t read my blog!)

So, I’m giving away another $50 Amazon gift card (purchased by me) to one of you.

And I’ll email it right over to you once the giveaway ends so you can use it for your Christmas shopping.

Click right here to read all about our Coinstar visit, and to enter the giveaway by leaving a comment.

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1 Katie December 18, 2013 at 9:13 am

If you hate rolling coins as much as I do, just wanted to let you know that your bank might accept coins that are not rolled. Our bank will take the coins and put them in their larger change counter and give us the cash or deposit into one of our accounts. And it’s also free! Just another option. :)


2 ~Dorthey December 18, 2013 at 11:56 am

Curious What Bank is that ?
Our Banks here Charge to even just Talk to a Teller :(
Another Reason I Quit my Bank Teller Job many yrs ago


3 Jessica December 18, 2013 at 11:00 am

Do you have a lot of change because you use a cash budget? I am on the fence about getting separate debit cards (within the same checking account) and sticking with cash. I end up with a lot of change I’m constantly collecting and it’s not in my bank account.


4 Kristen December 18, 2013 at 11:08 am

I do use cards to pay for a lot of things, but we do still pay for some things with cash. So coins accumulate over time.


5 ~Dorthey December 18, 2013 at 12:06 pm

I use the Envelope System BUT ONLY thro an APP
I Make up several different accts ( But only hv 1 Cking acct I do t wanna pay Bank Fees )
1 acct for Everything ( this is the 1 I Balance to Statements )
Then my others under different Titles to Bal to the MAIN ( everything acct )
My Hub & I Each hv Debit Cards & the Reciepts he gets go into a Box For me to do :)
Easy to Do
& I Rarely hv to go to the Bank our Bank does Deposits by Picture now too ;)
I DON’T carry Cash but for $20 ER $ in my Wallet
I lost my Wallet before ( I still think to this Day it was Stolen but not Positive on it :/
Soooo if someone Ever gets my Wallet again they will only get $20

Anyways Check out the APP
WE ARE DEBT FREE AS OF 9/18/13 !!!! By using this APP & frugal ideas from The Frugal Girl & a Few YouTubers ideas as well
It’s FUN to LiVe Like NoOne Else even if Others think Ur Weird
But I’m Ok w- being Weird Cuz I’m DEBT FREE ( Except for our House )


6 ~Dorthey December 18, 2013 at 12:12 pm

PS -
My Hub keeps a $20ER $ too & gets $20- cash for his Frugal Lunches when he eats out ( he takes his lunch too but he works in a Office all Day & it’s a NiCE break to Get OUT of the Office so I don’t Mind Less Stress for Him ) so that’s where our Coin comes from ;)


7 Jessica December 18, 2013 at 12:34 pm

I will be checking this app out! Thank you!


8 ~Dorthey December 18, 2013 at 1:48 pm

Welcome ! :)
It sure Works for Me :)
I think it’s either $1.99 or $2.99
& yet it may hv gone up As I’ve had mine for about 4-5 yrs now I thk
But even if it has gone up its a 1 time fee &&&&& Soooooo Worth it I Believe :)
Happy Frugal n


9 ~Dorthey December 18, 2013 at 11:54 am

I LOVE CoinStar !
*** It’s FAST & EASY ! ***
& Who Don’t LoVe that :) no one wants to Sit & Roll Coin & I use to be a Bank Teller Many Moons ago ;)
* we always put Our Coin in Jars to Save we never spend our Coin it gets Saved up for something Needed or a FUN Outing or Gas $ (when the Prices were soooo High :/ )


10 KateNwv December 18, 2013 at 12:00 pm

The branch bank near my home no longer takes coins either. (You must go to the main bank, which is not so convenient). I hadn’t used CoinStar because of the fees, but now finding I can get Amazon and iTunes gift cards and get rid of the coins sitting in jars in my house seems to be a win-win situation. Hooray!


11 Lili@creativesavv December 18, 2013 at 12:40 pm

I’ve never used Coinstar. I always thought they charged a fee. Do you know if they do? Our lovely bank does not charge me to roll coins, if I’m just bringing in a few rolls worth of coins.

Mostly, I just try to use the coins. At the end of each month, I load up my coin purse with coins, and use them to pay for small purchases. If I just need 1 item at the dollar store, then I use coins. If I stop at a small business that I don’t want to have to pay transaction fees on my behalf if I use a card, then I just use coins and bills.

But I recognize that a machine like Coinstar could be very helpful to some folks.


12 Lili@creativesavv December 18, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Oh, I just got my answer, a 10% fee to get cash back.


13 Kristen December 18, 2013 at 1:37 pm

But only if you get cash…a gift certificate is totally fee-free! :)


14 Lili@creativesavv December 18, 2013 at 3:01 pm

So that could be a good solution for someone who wants to use their saved coins to shop/dine out, etc.


15 Lee Ann December 18, 2013 at 4:28 pm

My credit union has a coin machine we can use for free. You have to be a member. Sweet!!


16 Lesley December 18, 2013 at 6:49 pm

I love CoinStar. We buy from Amazon frequently, so the gift cards never go to waste.


17 sarah December 19, 2013 at 2:34 am



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