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Updated on February 28, 2017
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Can Found Money Make You Rich?

Are you short on pocket money? Are you wondering where you can find some extra change?

Everyone has picked up a nickel they found under a bench, or a dollar bill they found dropped in a restroom right? Doesn't it make you just a little bit excited? Or do you just walk past that small change on the floor because it isn't worthwhile to bend down?

Unless you happen across a substantial chunk of money with no identification attached, then no, found change probably won't make you rich. It can however add up over time. One year I was able to find over $200 in just loose change found around parking lots and soda machines.

When I lived at home, finding change was a family sporting event. If you didn't call dibs on that found dime before someone else then you were ten cents poorer. We all had little banks and cans designated just for money we found.

With more people using debit cards these days, change is becoming rare. However there are still a lot of places where people use cash. And people who use cash are not always willing to retrieve any money they drop. If you take the time to look in some of these places, you will soon find money adding up.

My Found Money For This Year

Area
Amount
Average denomination
Newspaper machines
$7.50
Quarters
Soda Machines
$5.47
Quarters
Gutters and debris piles
$8.32
Dollar bills
Parking lots
$2.77
Pennies
Store floors
$3.01
Nickels
Grand total: $27.07
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Outdoors? Always Look Down

People are often so busy when they go shopping or when they run errands that they don't bother to glance down. But change can show up in all sorts of strange places.

When you take a walk, whether that is around the block for exercise, along a hiking trail, or just across the parking lot, remember to look down occasionally. Change can appear:

  • On parking lots. (the best parking lots are those belonging to stores and fast food restaurants, where people are so busy they just leave their dropped change on the ground.
  • Sidewalks--If someone pulls their phone out of their pocket while walking, they might not notice any dislodged change.
  • Gutters--It is a little gross sometimes, but loos change can wash down into gutters during hard rains. Keep an eye out for paper money too.
  • Around carwashes--For some reason, people who wash their cars are often in a hurry or in a bad mood. They don't want to retrieve lost quarters or whatever change fell out of the car when they shook the floor mats.

Money Hunting Equipment

Never get caught off guard, use these items to help you be ready to pick up money anywhere:

  • Hand sanitizer or wipes
  • Separate coin purse, pocket, bag or container on the go to keep found money from mixing with regular change
  • Pair of disposable gloves (you might see a $50 bill in a gutter
  • Pair of shades if you don't want to be recognized digging money from gutter
  • Some handy quips for when people ask what you are doing

Find Money When Shopping

You can easily add a few cents to your "found fund" just by occasionally looking around when shopping. The most obvious place to find money is near the check-out aisles. However, you can find change just about anywhere in the store.

When people rummage in pockets or purses, loose change has a habit of falling out. Usually it rolls.

So look ahead of where you are walking because you may see change lying under shelf displays. You might have to get on hands and knees to get some of it.

Also check restrooms and dressing rooms when you go in. A lot of people won't pick change up off of a bathroom floor. ( I recommend carrying Germ-X and a sandwich bag if you are going to be a die-hard money hunter.)

Check the floors in areas where people are more likely to dig in their pockets or wallets to see if they have enough money to splurge on a little something special. These areas of the store include:

  • Clothing department
  • Shoe department
  • Toy aisles
  • Around music, games, and DVD's
  • Snack aisles
  • Near arcade or similar machines in lobbies

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Money Machines

The best places to look for money are also the places where people spend money. Vending machines are one of the top choices. Not only do people drop coins under these machines, they often forget to retrieve their change from the dispenser.

You will often find more money in soda and snack machines than you will near a machine designed for games. Someone in a hurry might walk off from their quarters after buying a candy bar.

If that person is trying to win a prize, though, they will probably keep using their change until it is gone. This doesn't mean you shouldn't check around these machines though. Sometimes people may not bother picking up any dropped coins that can't be used in the machine.

Another great place to find change is in the laundromat. Always check in the machines before using them. Someone may have left coins in the slot, or you may find a handful of change in the washer or dryer after the previous user is long gone.

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Check The Cushions For Change

We all know that our own sofas and chairs tend to hoard our pocket change, right? Well, furniture in public places can yield a few nickels and dimes too.

Anytime a person sits down they risk losing something out of their pocket. Change has a magical way of burrowing under cushions very fast. You might be surprised at what you find if you take the time to run your hand under seating in:

  • Bank or hotel lobbies
  • Waiting rooms
  • Airports
  • Offices
  • Restaurants

Aim for seats that have both seat and back cushions. That crack where these two meet is a great hidey-hole for change. You will probably find stuff like pens, food, candy, and worthless paper scraps too. It is up to you whether or not you want to save these "treasures" as well.

Other Places To Look For Money

  • Under restaurant tables
  • Between cushions in dining booths
  • Near change machines
  • Gas stations with slot machines
  • Swim beaches



Strange Places To Find Free Money

Although the places listed above are the obvious hot-spots for dropped money, you should never let your guard down. Here are some places that I have found money on more than one occasion:

  • Storm Drains--Bills can blow in there. Change gets dropped when people decide to play in the water after a rain.
  • Tampon and condom machines in restrooms--I'm not sure if they just forgot their coins in the slots, or if they got embarrassed when someone walked in or knocked and abandoned their whole effort. Either way, I have found money stuck in those machines quite often.
  • Dried up puddles--I guess some people are desperate for wishes and will toss coins into any standing water.
  • Pools and lakes--There is always that guy that jumps in with his pockets full, I suppose.
  • Secondhand items--Remember those cushions? I once bought a $5 dollar couch and found $11 worth of change in the cushions! If you buy secondhand items, always shake them out to see if they contain some lost change.
  • Where richer-than-you people hang out--Some people are just so well-off they don't bother to stoop to pick up a few measly cents from the floor. Note this phenomenon in shopping malls around crowds that are pretending to be well-off.
  • Toilets--Yes, I once saw a dollar bill in a public toilet. And no, I didn't get it.

You will pretty much find money wherever there are humans. Some places will be more likely to produce money, but if you are really interested in finding some free dollars, you will make it a habit to be vigilant no matter how unlikely the area is.

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Even More Places to Find Free Money

Check out these additional places to look for change. (You may even find a bill or two!)

  • Drive through lanes
  • Pay phones
  • Alleys
  • Pages of used books
  • Under restaurant tables
  • Between cushions in dining booths
  • Near change machines
  • Gas stations with slot machines
  • Swim beaches
  • Outside of casinos (most people are in it for the big cash and may discard or disregard small bills and change.)
  • Places where people have partied or had events (reunion spots, 4th of July picnic areas, festival grounds, etc.)


Money That You Shouldn't Pocket

Picking up free money should have it's own code of ethics. There is some money that you should absolutely not take.

  • Tips lying on tables
  • Money from donation cups
  • Money from fountains or other public structures.
  • Money dropped by someone standing near. (always return money to the person who dropped it if they are there.
  • Money that children have laid down while they look at something. (I've seen this. It is just mean!)
  • Money in a wallet or purse with identification.
  • A large amount of money.
  • Suspicious money. You know...the briefcase full of stacks of thousand dollar bills we see in movies? In real life, that might not be such a great find.

It can be very hard to determine when money with no identification should be returned. Although it is most ethical to return large sums, sometimes you do wonder whether or not stores or business make any effort to see that it gets back to it's rightful owner.

Use your best judgement here, but if it seems like a LOT of money, you might try the police station rather than handing it over to a cashier or clerk. If you find larger bills that are lost out and about, you just have to go with your instincts. Once, someone I knew found a $10 bill stuck in her fence after a storm. How would you even begin to find the real owner?

Save Your Money for That Rainy Day

Finding and saving found money can be fun. It can also be really tempting to spend it once it starts adding up to $10 and beyond.

Look at found money for what it is, FREE money. You didn't work for it and it isn't in your budget. Therefore, there is no need to spend it. You are used to living without it, right? Naturally, you can pull it out in the case of an emergency, but hopefully that will never happen.

Make saving found money a challenging adventure. Designate a special container just for found money, no matter how mediocre your findings. Let it add up.

When it reaches a goal amount, $10, $20, or even $100...take it to the bank and open a high yield savings account. Once you get enough, roll the money into a CD or invest it to make it earn a little extra. Or you can just leave it in the account and add more free money every time your coin jar gets full.

You don't necessarily have to leave it in there for the rest of your life. You can always aim for certain amount to purchase a much needed or wanted item. You can even use spare change to pay off a small debt.

The best thing you can do is to keep tossing that change into a container and forgetting it. If you spend a lot of time keeping up with how much you have, you are going to get pretty depressed, especially when the money-hunting is slow. Forgotten money tends to multiply faster than counted money, and is less likely to be spent on a whim.

Don't let a great opportunity to earn an extra few dollars a year pass you by. Pick up those pennies and nickels. Dig out that crumpled dollar from the gutter. Any money is good money, and you might as well put it to some good use!

Make It A Game

Encourage children to (safely) accumulate money they find, too.

  • Decorate a separate container or bank for found money and make a contest to see who can fill their's up faster. (no spending!)
  • Pool all found money for one big family treat, such as a day-trip.
  • Have each child choose a charity and help them save and donate their found money once their bank is filled.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well I would think this hub would be wildly popular. LOL I can see thousands of people walking with their heads down today and it will all be because of your hub. :)

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      ElleBee 3 years ago

      I like this hub! I definitely pick up loose change when I find it, but don't generally go out of my way looking for it. I don't track how much I find as I just add it to my general "coin jar" along with other change of my own that I have in my wallet/car. I haven't been as diligent about saving all my change this year and tracking it but in the past I've ended up with about $20-30 every two months or so. Granted in my case, a lot of that money was mine to start with, and not "found." I may need to start looking more diligently, in order to start adding some money to my coin savings.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Picking up change is not for me but for those who choose to fine with me, you have created an interesting insight to finding lost change

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      Briefme2 3 years ago

      Great topic and well-written, thanks. I once found a new $15 gift card in a 5 cent book I bought at a rummage sale. It was a delightful surprise!

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      This is great! I worked with a lady who saved for a vacation one year by picking up loose change around the city. She found money every day. I never had such luck.

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      B A Tobin 3 years ago from Connnecticut

      The funniest thing happened to me as I muttered about the thankless unpaid job of cleaning, putting out the garbage and I was the only one retrieving the garbage pail before it blew down the street. I bent down to grab the handle of the pail since it had tumbled to its side and lo and behold, there was a dollar bill.

      I laughed as I walked back inside and I was actually paid for my work. lol not much but it was the find that counted and the dollar proved my complaint wrong!

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      Jayme Kinsey 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      @Bill--I certainly did that a lot, hee hee. Now I am a little more discreet in how I glance around for change. Crawling around on hands and knees at the supermarket gets you some pretty strange looks. Especially after you are a parent. I still find plenty of change without having to embarrass myself or others. Thanks for reading, and I hope you find lots of free quarters.

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      HeatherH104 3 years ago from USA

      Love it! I once saw a quarter at a mall, bent down to pick it up only to find out someone glued it to the floor. A gang of teenage boys had a good laugh at my expense. Now I'm a little less willing to pick up change.

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      Jayme Kinsey 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      @ElleBee--I did that to start with too. Then I decided to see how much I could find. It was really fun, I started by throwing it in a small jewelry box. Then I upgraded to a metal chocolate milk tin. Today I have a small novelty coin bank that is too small for everyday change (adds up a lot quicker) but perfect for the slow trickle of found change.) Wish you the best of luck in finding more. The best is when you find a bill!

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      Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

      Found change does add up. Friends of mine, husband and wife, have a running contest to see who can find the most change in a year. It's fun and the proceeds can go towards a dinner or movie out...maybe even something more elaborate if they're lucky!

      I always pick up change, even pennies as my mother always said that finding a penny was lucky--especially if it's heads up!

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I have always been on the lookout. I found a $20 bill once, a $10 bill, and several $5 during my lifetime.

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      Janet Giessl 3 years ago from Georgia country

      This hub was so interesting to read. Very useful and interesting tips for finding lost change.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      My husband and I feed feral cats near a grocery store, and while we are at it we pick up any trash that gets blown into the cats' area. In the 12 years we've been feeding the cats, my husband has found a $100 bill and I have found a $50 bill. Pretty lucky, huh? I've also noticed a good place to look for money is in the drive through lane of fast food restaurants. People don't like pennies so they will throw them into a mulch area at a McDonalds where I live. Unbelievable. While I am waiting on my food order, I pick them up.

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      ElleBee 3 years ago

      Totally agree with FlourishAnyway on the drive thrus! I dropped a nickel or something once, and when I opened my door to pick it up there was tons of coins on the ground just beneath the window!

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      Jayme Kinsey 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      @DDE Thank you for reading and commenting. :) I can understand if some people don't want to pick up change.

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      Jayme Kinsey 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      @Briefme2--That was a lucky find! And you reminded me of some more money that I have found...some people use dollar bills as bookmarks!

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I once found about $3.00 worth of change in a payphone in front of a Walgreens. That was exciting. Unfortunately the payphone has been retired. R.I.P.

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      Jayme Kinsey 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      @Crafty2thecore--that is pretty amazing! A vacation would mean a lot of change! Maybe she was lucky enough to find some bills. I once found a $1oo bill wrapped up in a $1. I was so excited to find just the one dollar...I almost exploded when I found the secret fortune. :)

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      tebo 3 years ago from New Zealand

      My late husband was an absolute genius when it came to finding money. It did seem to be his main aim in life. He always kept his head down in all sorts of places, supermarkets and the streets after Friday and Saturday nights. I forget to look down. Thanks for reminding me. One day he found a five dollar note in the supermarket, but the owner realized he had lost it and he had to give it back. That was really funny!

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      Jayme Kinsey 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      @barbat79--That is a pretty cool story! I wouldn't mind having a dollar every time I griped about being the only one to do chores! Not too much money blows out here in the country. That is the only thing I miss about town living. Thanks for reading and sharing!

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      Robin Bull 3 years ago from Moore, Oklahoma

      Very interesting! As a teacher I can always use more money.

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      retromellie 3 years ago from Australia

      when I was younger I saved 5 cent pieces (about the same as a dime). After a good 2 years of picking up these coins I took my overflowing container to the bank and got around $120.00 so it was definitely worth saving what everyone else found useless! Great page :)

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      Jayme Kinsey 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      @HeatherH104--I have done that too! Never an intentionally glued down coin, but I noticed that if you go to a store at night, sometimes the guy who does the floors will wax over pennies and it glues them down pretty well. Still embarrassing to be seen trying to un-stick it though. Best action? nudge it with your toe in a nonchalant fashion. If it moves, pick it up. :) Thanks for reading and sharing your story too!

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      Jayme Kinsey 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      @Stephanie--Your friends have a great idea going there! Similar to what my siblings, parents and I used to do. It really did make it fun. My dad worked night shift, and so we usually slept on his schedule. We would go to Wal-Mart at 2 am for groceries and would cruise all over the store looking for change that was dropped during the day.

      And yes, pennies are lucky! When you find head's down pennies you are supposed to spit on them and wear them in your shoe for the rest of the day to make them lucky again. I usually just toss them in the car head's up and get them later. :)

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      Amethystraven 3 years ago from California

      Pennies add up. I find them all of the time. I find those more than anything. I am never apposed to picking up change no matter where I am at. Great hub.

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      What a neat idea for a hub. It's neat how you found all that money during the year. I pick up change when I see it, but I haven't found much! I may start looking more now!

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      Jayme Kinsey 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      @aviannovice--Thanks for chiming in! It really does pay to be vigilant! A few cents makes it fun, but finding a whole bill makes it addictive to watch for found money. Sounds like you have a knack for it too. Good luck with your future hunting!

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      Gratitude Journal 3 years ago

      This hub is awesome! You've boiled this down to a science. Why haven't I quit my job already?

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      Marcy J. Miller 3 years ago from Arizona

      I just love this hub! I'm a fellow coin-picker. I happily pocketed 51 cents yesterday and it's a rare day I don't spot a penny on the ground -- pennies from heaven, right? I've always felt that stepping over a stray penny is symbolic of whether a person respects money or not.

      Many years ago, I used to go clean up the desert after the teenagers had parties. It was an act of love of the desert but it ended up being profitable. I began taking the aluminum cans in for recycling, and I found that kids who are drinking at boondocker parties are NOT careful with their money -- I'd find tens and twenties as a matter of routine.

      Thanks for the great, fun hub.

      Best -- MJ

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      Jayme Kinsey 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      @janetwrites--Thanks for reading! I'm glad you enjoyed it! :)

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      Jayme Kinsey 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      @flourishAnyway-that is a great story. :) how nice of you to feed the cats, too. I added the drive-thru tip to a capsule so readers will know to look there too. Thank me for sharing and commenting!

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      Pamela Mae Oliver 3 years ago from Georgia

      Very well written and thought out article. I find money in the washing machine all the time, among other places, and I always take the time and the effort to pick it up and put it in my change jar! It has come in handy many times!

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      Jayme Kinsey 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      @ElleBee--I've added the drive thrus to the reader's suggestions box. I never knew there were so many coins dropped at drive-thrus. That is pretty incredible! I guess people don't want to hold up the line by opening their doors. I will have to start looking there as well!

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      Resident Weevil 3 years ago

      Why didn't you grab the dollar in the public toilet? Good grief, a dollar's a dollar!

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      Jayme Kinsey 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      @Linda---Oh yes. Payphones used to be great little money-makers. I remember a truck stop in SE Oklahoma that ALWAYS had quarters in the slot. They are gone too now. So sad. I just hope vending machines never switch to being only for debit cards!

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      I always go for swimming pool lockers, we have to put the pound coin in so that we can use the locker, and so many people forget to take it back out! lol! I walked over with five pounds the other day! approx 8 dollars!

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      lovedoctor926 3 years ago

      These are very clever places to find loose change. I will keep these ideas in mind and start looking down more whenever I am at a department store.

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      Jayme Kinsey 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      @teb0---Oh no! I have had that happen before. It is so sad. Lol. I used to be a lot luckier in finding paper money, but too many people use debit cards now. So less change and paper money dropped. Still, it never hurts to luck because sometimes we really can get lucky!

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      Jayme Kinsey 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      @RobinBull I hear you! As a WAHM I can use money, period! Lol! It really can't help any of us get richer, (unless we are super lucky!) but it does add up enough to buy a treat every now and then. Thanks for reading, and I hope you find lots of dropped change.

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      Jayme Kinsey 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      @retromellie--Way to go! That is definitely a positive example of why we should take the time to save dropped change! Thanks for sharing!

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      Jayme Kinsey 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      @amethystraven--Glad to hear it. And yes they do add up. I found eleven pennies yesterday, and that is better than a dime! Always useful to find money!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      As they say, "see a penny, pick it up, and all day long you'll have good luck!" Sharing, Sharkeye.

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thanks for the good money-finding tips! I must look down more often!

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      Lucy Jones 3 years ago from Scandinavia

      Nicely done Sharkeye. Thanks for sharing your money finding guide. Shared and voted.

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      DreamerMeg 3 years ago from Northern Ireland

      I have noticed a trend in the UK over the past number of years for young people to throw money away - literally! They will pick through the change they have received after buying something and toss away the low value coins. Right enough, this habit has tapered off recently, while the economic situation is bad. I was walking through Belfast one day, while a lunchtime shopper was going through their change and tossing out the pennies. A few paces behind, there was a nun, picking up all those coins.

      If I find a coin just lying in the street, I have to admit that I don't feel "right" about keeping it, so I usually drop it in the nearest charity box but if I see someone throwing money away, I feel quite happy keeping it.

      My favourite place for finding money - laundry. I ALWAYS check the pockets of all garments I put in the wash, because coins can damage the drum of the washing machine. I have told everyone in the house that I KEEP anything I find - it's a good incentive for them to check their pockets before putting clothes in the laundry basket.

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      Dr Penny Pincher 3 years ago from Iowa, USA

      I have found enough money that I can't stop looking around for it when I am walking. I found a $5, a $20 bill and several small bills at different times- that was enough to train me to pay attention to the ground when I am walking. Congrats on Hub of the Day!

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      Silva Hayes 3 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

      I've always been lucky with finding money, so I tend to watch the ground when I walk in public places. I've found money in grocery store, thrift shop, and restaurant parking lots, on the floors of grocery stores and restaurants, in airplane seats and washing machines, and I would never pass up a penny, especially one that was heads-up! Great hub!

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      Windclimber 3 years ago from my boat somewhere on the Chesapeake Bay

      I sometimes work with a 72 year old man (who outworks me, btw), and several times he's told me the story of a friend of his who picked up change outside the 7-11 every morning when he stopped there for his morning coffee. He put the collected change in bigger and bigger containers in the garage, and after about 20 years, he had his grandkids help him sort it out and count it. It totaled $18,000! That's a new car, a year of college, etc.! And it was a great lesson for the grandkids! (Note: just you never mind how much he spent on coffee every work day for 20 years.)

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      I'm just not lucky, I guess. I never find any money! Congrats on HOTD!

      I'll be looking closer at the ground from now on.

      Voted UP and shared.

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      Majidsiko 3 years ago from Kenya

      I usually become more aware when I'm broke. The best place to look is in the car and sofa. Another place is in my jeans there is always money there, especially my weekend clothes and my work bag.

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      Don A. Hoglund 3 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I don't really search for lost money, but if I run across it I do pick it up. Even pennies.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

      When I was in highschool, I found money in the school yard. And I gave a treat to my friends.However, the other day I came to know the money belonged to my classmate. This made me terribly sad.

      Congrats for the HOTD.

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      Chris in VA 3 years ago from Virginia

      Honestly, the one place I never expected to find money was in the parking lot of my bank.

      I was looking down, deep in some philosophical thought about a football game, when I saw a couple of dollar bills on the ground. I looked around and followed the trail to a grand total of $132 with no one having entered or leaving the parking lot while I was there.

      Best treasure hunting day I ever had.

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      rose-the planner 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Congratulations on HOTD! It is always nice to find money and now you have offered some very interesting tips. Thank you for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      Congrats on the HOTD! This is a very interesting hub. I´m always happy finding coins in the street as I think it brings luck. Thanks for sharing this useful and informative hub. Happy weekend!

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      Liz Elias 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Congrats on HOTD!!

      I had to laugh. My mother used to find change all the time. She did keep it in a separate 'found money' coin bank that was a miniature world globe. It would hold about $10 worth, depending on the denominations.

      She didn't even really look for it; this was all coins lying on the ground, and she didn't walk around 'looking down.' It sort of seemed to find her! Funny, as she had a recurring dream ever since her childhood, in which she would be digging a hole in the garden, presumably to plant something, and would find the hole lined with all sorts of coins. (Though that particular dream never came true, it did seem to show that she would be lucky in finding coins.)

      I haven't had that kind of luck. Once in a great while, I see the odd penny in a parking lot or near a store register..but the latter, I always feel 'weird' about picking up--after all, does it "belong" to the store????

      I think if I had collected ALL the odd coins I've ever found in my life, that by now (age 65), I might be lucky to have five bucks. I'll have to add checking vending machines to my "out and about" activities... LOL

      Voted up, interesting and useful.

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      Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Oh, Sharkye11-I LOVED this hub because I actually am one of those people who is constantly on the watch for coins left behind! lol In fact, I've been 'collecting' coins of all sorts for the past 10 years. Believe it or not, it began as a project to collect odd change for homeless people. I was tracking the coin, its location where found, and the date. I eventually gave up on that as I ended up moving around so much. My bags of coins kept getting larger and heavier. I had visions of weaving them into some sort of tapestry that showed off the locations, etc. Then, I was going to 'auction' the item off and donate the money to a homeless shelter. Ahh, to my dismay, I never did finish up that project...maybe bit off more than I could chew. However, I haven't kicked the money search and just recently caught myself looking down in the parking lot wondering how many people do what I do. What a timely hub! At least I know I am not alone in doing this. :)

      Sending you a huge hug for a great hub and a congratulations on your HOTD! Cheers. Up/I/U and sharing.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Congrats--both on the HOTD and on a great article!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      You gave me a smile reading this post. I have found money in the oddest places.

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      Ana Maria Orantes 3 years ago from Miami Florida

      Hello Ms.Sharkye11. I like your article. It is a fact. There are a lot of places.Where people can find money. Thanks for the tip.

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      Jayme Kinsey 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      @Victoria Lynne--I've been finding more since writing the hub. I think I reminded myself to take my own advice and look down (in, around,up etc. ) more often! Thanks for reading!

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      Jayme Kinsey 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      @Gratitude journal--it takes a highly complex scientific mind to profit from other's laziness, lol. I wouldn't advise you to quit your day job though, with frugal living being a hot trend right now, less people are likely to leave their dropped pennies on the ground. :)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Sharkye,

      What an original and well put together hub! So deserving of HOTD and sorry I missed first time round! Love your creative ideas and it can certainly mount up. I have always had jars for big coins and then one for the bronze 1c and 2c but most are from loose change in my wallet, handbag or found around the house. Must start opening my eyes while out and about! My brother used to collect 1 euro and 2 euro coins and boy did they mount up as he never counted or bagged up until his large container was full. Great ideas, fun read and lovely pics and layout!

      Voted up, useful, interesting!

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      Jayme Kinsey 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      @MJennifer--Wow, that sounds like a profitable little business you had going on there. Good for the planet and for your pocket! That is why I don't feel guilty about pocketing found money, most of the time it seems like it is lost irresponsibly. Coins are found because people don't want to pick them up. Twenties? Um...you kinda have to be irresponsible to lose a twenty! Lol! Thanks for reading and sharing your money finding story with me and other readers!

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Congratulations on Hub of the Day!

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      Jayme Kinsey 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      @Pamela Mae--Definitely! It is important to keep our own change rounded up too, and the washing machine is ideal for finding our own lost personal pennies. Which is why laundromats are profitable too! Thanks so much fro reading!

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      Jayme Kinsey 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      @Resident Weevil--I won't say I wasn't tempted...but the toilet didn't look like it had been flushed before the dollar was implanted. I just exited the stall and sobbed at my misfortune. Both in seeing an unattainable dollar, and at not being able to find a clean toilet. Woe to me! :)

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      Jayme Kinsey 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      @Nell Rose--Wow! Lucky gal! Thanks for the tip! I hope it helps other readers! :)

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Creative idea fo r a hub and of course congratulations are due for HOTD status! It is often the little things in life we overlook.

      I imagine there will be a lot of people running into walls as they watch the sidewalk for found money! Great job Sharkye.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Lena Kovadlo 3 years ago from Staten Island, NY

      Interesting hub. Many of us don't really think of bending down to the ground when we see a shiny penny or nickel or dime... because we deem it dirty and not worth our efforts. But even small change can add up overtime. I have over $23 in pennies in a shoe box that I have to deposit to the bank and I had a lot of pennies I had already deposited to the bank worth over $20...While pennies may seem like they are worthless they do add up!

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      Jayme Kinsey 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      @lovedoctor926--Thank you! Glad you read and commented, and I hope you have good luck finding some extra $$!

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      Better Yourself 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Very interesting hub, and congrats on HOTD! I will have my eyes open more for dropped change, it really can add up.

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      Jayme Kinsey 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      @Michelle--absolutely! Pennies are very lucky! Thank you! :)

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      Jayme Kinsey 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      @rebeccamealy--thank you! Hope you have great luck finding money!

      @starbright--Thank you for reading! I hope it helps!

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      Jayme Kinsey 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      @Dreamer Meg--Charity is always a good place for found money. You could keep the coins found coins in a container until the added up, then donate the whole jar. That is strange about people physically throwing the coins away. They don't go that far here, but I have seen a lot of people (especially middle-class and up) glance down if they drop coins. If it isn't the highest denomination coin, they won't bend down for it. Sometimes they leave those too, and any low bills as well.

      Like you, I have no qualms about picking up money like that!

      And I do the same with my own laundry. I keep a large plastic container on the laundry shelf. Every washday, all the money found in the laundry goes in that container. Of course, usually it comes from my pockets, because I am very bad about forgetting it! But that money goes back for things for the house, so I lose my spending money for being thoughtless, just like everyone else, lol.

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      Jatinder Joshi 3 years ago from Whitby, Ontario, Canada

      Nice style and 'eyes down'.

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      pat098@yahoo.com 3 years ago

      It's time to start looking!

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      Jayme Kinsey 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      @drpennypincher--Yep, sounds like you have a gift for finding money. Not only is it a great way to find extra change, it is also free entertainment!

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      Jayme Kinsey 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      @Silva Hayes--Oh yeah! Sounds like you have found plenty of good reasons to keep looking for money! It is fun too, isn't it? Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

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      Jayme Kinsey 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      @Windclimber--Wow! That is a great story! Like you, I am not sure that he did more than break even unless the coffee was pretty cheap, lol! But still...saved money is saved money! He got to enjoy his coffee and still had a LOT of money to for a rainy day. Thanks for reading, commenting and sharing!

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      Jayme Kinsey 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      @mary615--Aww, never give up! It can show up in strange places! Thanks for reading!

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      Christy Birmingham 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      How interesting! I had not thought of looking around arcades but you're right that people may drop change or forget to pick it up. Now where to look today... :)

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      Jayme Kinsey 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      @Majidsiko--laundry is always a hot-spot for lost change. So are the small spaces between automobile seats! Good luck with your money-hunting!

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      Jayme Kinsey 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      @dahoglund--That still sounds practical! Thanks for reading!

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      Silva Hayes 3 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

      Funny how finding money can change a person's attitude. Once my friend and I went "rock-hunting" and she made her 13-year-old girl go with us. Well, the girl was bored and extremely unhappy; she dragged her feet and pouted along behind us. It had rained recently and we crossed a creek that had swift-flowing water. Along came a dollar bill being carried downstream. Quick as a flash, the girl grabbed the money and smiled and completely changed her attitude for the rest of the morning. So cute! (This was years ago when a dollar went much further than it does today.)

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      Jayme Kinsey 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      @Vinaya--Sorry to hear about that. I always believe in returning large amounts of money, or any money found in an area where it is likely that the owner is still there. Usually, they won't even take small change if you try to give it back to them though. I still think it was nice that you used your found money to do something nice for others. Thank you for reading!

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      Jayme Kinsey 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      @Chris in VA--Wow! Someone definitely had a hole in their pocket. I don't think I have ever found more than a few pennies at the bank. The closest gas station to us has a casino next door. You would think those people would hold onto their money, but I find lots of cash on that parking lot. Mostly ones and fives. I guess the big winners can't be bothered with chasing down small bills!

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      Jayme Kinsey 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      @rose-the-planner Thank you! I am glad you enjoyed and I hope it helps you find some extra money!

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      Jayme Kinsey 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      @Thelma Alberts--I am glad you pick up dropped coins. I do indeed believe that they are lucky! Happy money hunting and thanks for reading!

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      Liz Elias 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

      P.S. I was at a local festival last weekend, and almost as soon as I got out of my car, found a quarter in the grass. Perhaps my mother was looking down on me, and sharing her "dream" sequence. LOL

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      Jayme Kinsey 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      @DzyMsLizzy--Wow. Sounds like your mother really had the gift! The fact that she had dreams about it even though she didn't actively look for money just proves she was a very lucky lady!

      About finding coins in stores, I have asked at stores before. I don't know if all stores agree, but the ones here say that if it was not paid to them, then it is not their money. Because they are a business, the only money that really belongs to them is what goes into the cash register. Of course, money left on the counter in those penny dishes to be used by anyone who needs a couple of cents, or the money in charity jars is not free to take, but if it is on the floor, it pretty much belongs to whoever finds it. Hope that helps! If it still bothers you, you could always pick it up and add it to whatever collection jar is on the counter or nearby.

      And that is very awesome about finding the quarter. Maybe now that you are thinking of it more, you will have some of your mother's luck more often.

      Thanks for reading and sharing your experiences with all of us!

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      christryon 3 years ago

      I LOVE this article! My husband has a metal detector and on his days off work, that is how he spends his time. You might also want to look under the bleachers at your neighborhood pick up games along with playgrounds. They are a perpetual gold mine.

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      Jayme Kinsey 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      @Denise Handlon--Thanks for the hug and the congrats! I LOVE the idea you had for the found money. I could see that being a major project though, but definitely something you could chronicle as you went along. A project like that might even make the news.

      Strangely, since I wrote this, I haven't found more than a penny or two! But then, found money usually comes in cycles. Hope you find plenty along your journeys, and thanks again!

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      Jayme Kinsey 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      @audreyhowitt--Thank you very much for reading!

      @teaches12345--The toilet bowl was the strangest place so far...and I am glad I only saw that once! Thanks for reading!

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      Jayme Kinsey 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      @errorantes--Thank you for reading. Yes, there are many great places, and I have learned some new ones from readers too!

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      Jason Smith 3 years ago from Bastrop, Texas

      Great hub, I find the bulk of lose change in our washer and dryer. I have found several hundred dollars in there over time I'm sure.

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      Rohan Rinaldo Felix 3 years ago from Chennai, India

      Fascinating article! I never knew people could think up such things for an article. kudos!

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Sharkye11.....Reading this delightful hub made me begin to think you may be the daughter I never had.

      Paula's my name....Penny pinchin-dollar stretchin's my game!......and I'm talking about being hugely, continually frugal. Not my fault, it's in my DNA.

      I love the way your family made a game of this money hunting. While so many people see this as bizarre and a waste of time, I say, "fine," all the better for people like you and me to discover!

      One more thing. You are an incredibly talented writer!......Peace.

      Up+++ tweeted and pinned

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Here goes your 100th comment. Congratulations on your many HOTD accolades! This article is interesting, creative, practical, fun, useful and more. I usually look for coins during my walk. Now, you'll have me looking everywhere. Thanks!

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      Liz Elias 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

      LOL--and I just picked up 31 cents off the floor in front of some toy/game machines on my way out of the grocery store yesterday!

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      Marion Reads 2 years ago from Canada

      I often find money. Outside liquor stores or pubs, I find ten-dollar bills. A week ago I found a fifty-dollar bill! Being a pensioner, I sure needed it. I spent it on health supplements. Marion Reads

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      Silva Hayes 2 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

      Just today I found a quarter as I walked into a convenience store. On the way back to my car I found a dime! So exciting.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Very interesting and useful hub Sharkye11, it gives a lot of good ideas about where to look for loose change that would otherwise just go to waste. I'll be walking around with my eyes down today. I once bought a second hand book and found a $20 bill inside being used as a bookmark..jackpot! Another time I found an unmarked envelope on the ground in a car park..it had $100 inside, but usually it is only small change.

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      Silva Hayes 2 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

      Last week I found $11 on the floor in a dressing room!

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      Alvinet 2 years ago

      Interesting article. I have never thought about looking those pennies :).

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      Jacob Barnard 2 years ago from Gloucestershire

      Wow great tips! 1 question though, how do you know exactly where and how much you found for the year? Do you log your earnings?

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      Silva Hayes 2 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

      It would be fun to keep a log. If I went out looking with a metal detector, I would definitely keep a log of the date, location, and amount. What fun.

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      Jayme Kinsey 19 months ago from Oklahoma

      @jacobb9205 -- I usually just make a short notation in my journal at the end of the day if I am trying to track found money. I'm not very strict about it unless I am challenging myself.

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      yecall 14 months ago from California

      This is quite an interesting idea for a hub. I love looking for money and in fact some people have those money detection machines that they use on the beach and such. My daughter and I have a saying, "See a penny pick it up all day long you'll have good luck!"

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      anonumous l 10 months ago

      the absolute best place to find cash is tree lawns and right next to the curb in the street.

      i literally had a heart attack once i found a roll of dirty bills all hundreds it added to $500 dollars.

      see people in densly packed neighborhoods park on the side streets for stores and lose money or are messed up and lose it.

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      Danny 9 months ago

      If I ever find a wallet, I walways take all the cash and leave behind cards.

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      pop1950 2 months ago

      We have a car wash with 10 free vacs: I make a point to go every day & look , Week-end is best cause folks like a clean car then, I always find change .. I go at night when no one is there , that,s when I find the most .. Then drive thru eating places , then drug stores , I keep it in a change bag that I also found , I just love it ,

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      Liz Elias 4 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

      Yet another story...regarding "lucky" pennies, etc. My ex-mother-in-law used to always pick up any money she found. However, rather that put it in a jar and save it to bank, or for a treat, she would tape the coin(s) to an index card, and write on it, "lucky penny, found (date and place). Then, it went in a shoebox.

      When she passed, and the grown kids were cleaning out the house, they found the shoebox, overflowing with "lucky" coins, all taped to the cards. I don't know if it was mostly pennies, or what; I was not there.

      But sadly, they decided it was just too much trouble to bother trying to remove the coins from the cards, and then 'unsticky' the coins...so, they tossed the entire box into the dumpster!!!

      :-O If I'd been there, I'd have said that if they were going to just throw it away, I'd take it! I couldn't believe it when my ex told me that!

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      Maci 4 weeks ago

      Thank you this is really interesting and useful, seen as I'm a preteen I'm always looking for loose change (even though I have not used you're techniques yet. One time me and my brother were walking and found and abandoned vending machine and decided to look i n the change slot, AND THERE WAS A QUARTER, I was so exited and I used it to buy my brother a sour jaw breaker from one of the vending machines at stores!

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