Monday, September 24, 2007

Treasure Hunt

What is it about coins that makes men throw them into dishes, jars, cars, floors instead of just spending them? The men in my family seem to have a coin allergy.

My husband solved his coin problem by not dealing in cash any longer. It’s amazing how easy that has become. It used to be that many stores had a lower limit under which they wouldn’t allow a credit card purchase, but even in Starbucks your latte can go on your American Express card.

Yesterday I spent the afternoon searching for coins in every crevice and on every surface of the 1996 Dodge Caravan that recently returned from 4 years in the west. It was literally a gold mine of hidden treasure.

Today I tackled a bedroom, a basement, and pockets in long-forgotten clothes of someone who is currently studying abroad. There were lots and lots of coins everywhere and even a few bills.

I refuse to use the machine at Safeway that sorts your coins and keeps a percentage. Instead I invested in a bag of old-fashioned coin wrappers.

So what did I make on my treasure hunt? $90, with the greatest number of those coins being pennies. That’s more money than I have earned in several months!


Blogger Pauline said...

seems fair pay for all that work...once I taught my teenaged boys to do their own laundry, I lost my weekly revenue ;)

6:26 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Pauline -- When my son does his own laundry, a sweep of the washer and dryer still usually results in a few coins!

I wonder if the younger generation's coin-disinterest has to do with the fact that they never put their coins in those little slotted cards each week, earning a savings bond when they had $18.75 in quarters. I think I must have my father's frugal gene. I will still pick up a penny off the sidewalk!

8:10 AM  
Blogger steve said...

I saved coins forjust under 2 years in a big Moosehead bottle.
My total was $850.

10:15 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Steve -- What is it with guys and coins? I just don't get it!

11:14 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

I just found a dime inside a blender. I kid you not!

11:17 AM  
Blogger bozoette said...

My husband keeps his coins in the cupholder in his car. There's gotta be 20 bucks worth in there. I must admit it comes in handy when we're scrounging for quarters for parking meters!

1:35 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Bozoette -- I am all for having money for the parking meter, but I would rather not have to look under the floor mats to find it. A cupholder for a piggybank sounds good to me!

1:45 PM  
Blogger Ulysses said...

What else should I do with all the coins I accumulate: I can keep only so many in my pocket at a time. At the end of the day, when I empty my pockets, I keep a certain volume, including 3 pennies (that should make sure I never return with more than 1 more penny than I started out with, but sometimes I fail to stick to the plan), the rest have to go somewhere. Sometimes, even though I have the change I need in my pocket, I opt to get change back in order to save time. Yet another way that time is money.

1:49 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Ulysses -- When asked why he never carries change, my husband always says, "But I don't have a purse to put it in." So I guess you guys are limited by the weight your pockets will bear. Did you intend to say "opt NOT to get change back"? That would make more sense (cents)! :)

3:14 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Wow, I'm impressed. I never carry change but I always put it in the same spot to cash in sometime later.

5:40 PM  
Blogger Richard said...

No doubt, it is because they lack Scottish blood.

I am sure there must be a McCrimmon or McIntosh somewhere in my past, for I do not part with my money easily, and I never pass by a free penny onthe ground (much to Sofia's chagrin).

6:23 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Kristin -- I always carry change and never have more than I need. I have been known to pay for things mostly with dimes, nickels, and pennies, probably infuriating whoever was behind me in a check-out line.

Richard -- We're a lot alike in this regard.

10:58 PM  
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

I have a few old milk bottles of pennies just waiting for me to wrap them but it's too daunting a task!

10:29 PM  
Blogger riseoutofme said...

Treasure, indeed!

5:39 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

MOI -- I must be one of the few people who actually enjoys wrapping coins. It's actually repetitive and therapeutic.

Rise -- Agreed!

6:05 PM  

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