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Stretching Your Holiday Budget with Coinstar‏

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brooklin changeIt’s the most wonderful time of the year but it’s also the time of the year that we are spending the most money. Now that our girls are getting older they are wanting to buy presents for the important people in their lives.

With our children we wanted to make spending a learning lesson. Our girls both like collecting the extra change around the house or in the car. It seems their piggy banks are are also over flowing so cashing it in around the holidays is a great way for them to cash in that extra spending money.

Coinstar is one of those services that is easy and convenient to use. It’s right in our grocery store so it’s always easy to find.


Coinstar goes beyond the coin giving you easy ways that your change can work for you. There are a few easy ways that you can earn more like cashing it in and receive cash right away or getting money to spend at your favorite stores. A great lesson in giving, you can also cash in your extra change and give it to charity.

Today Brooklin and I headed to our local grocer to cash in all that extra change she had been collecting. Her goal was to get enough to buy Daddy a Christmas gift.

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It’s such a fun process for kids to see their change get counted. As you pour it in you can hear the clink from the Coinstar machine. There’s just something fun about making sure it all gets in! Once your change is counted there’s a list of how many coins you had counted.

Brooklin picked a gift card and since there’s no fee all of the change got turned into spendable cash for a gift for Daddy.

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Recently Coinstar conducted a survey. Among other things, the survey found that, on average, consumers estimate they have a little more than $26 in spare change, but according to Coinstar’s nationwide kiosk data, the average amount that customers convert to a NO FEE eCertificate and/or gift card when they cash in their coins is $56 – more than double what survey respondents think they have hidden away at home!


How much extra change do you have around your home?

Find a kiosk near you to get started, and be sure to stay connected with Coinstar on Facebook and @Coinstar on Twitter.

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  1. Amy @ Oh So Savvy Mom on January 14, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    I love the option to convert it to a gift card without having to pay fees. My boys have a piggy bank FULL of change because we give them all the spare change we find.

  2. courtney b on December 20, 2013 at 11:02 am

    we have a coinstar in our local walmart and frys, so i use it every chance i get 🙂 i just dont like how they take a portion:)