Monday, April 21, 2008

It's all relative....

After coming to terms with the realization that found money is going to get harder and harder, I decided to look around the net for new 'found change' blogs... here are two places i've uncovered thus far :)

1. Found Money
(features a neat little inventory of where they find change along with amount. Apparently their found change is stored in an ING account accruing interest.. kudos!)

2. Mamasaurus
(mama's keeping change count too.. gotta love that!)

3. A Soldier's Perspective: Parking Lot Pennies
(we here at the Krabs house love and respect the military. Here's one story with a moral in tow!)

Here's a cool article from
"Found Change" Can Really Add Up

When you see a penny glinting on the ground – do you stop and pick it up? I know – a penny doesn’t buy as much as it used to. Neither does a nickel or a dime. However, “found change” can really add up! Of course, some of you are probably thinking: “I’d be EMBARRASSED if someone saw me picking up money off the ground.” Or “Ew, pick up dirty coins off a dirty street? Who’d do THAT?!” The answer is: A lot of smart savers, that’s who!

According to MSN Money Central, picking up pennies is NOT a waste of time. A lot of people collect change in a jar all year – then use the money for something special. One couple mentioned in the article saved found money in a retirement fund. After five years, they had nearly $650 earning interest! People also donate found money to “penny drives” or charity jars. Others give themselves a special treat they wouldn’t have gotten otherwise, like a night at the movies.

So, where are the best places to find lost money? Near parking meters, in vending machines, under fast-food drive-through windows, in parking lots, and near the doors at convenience stores and gas stations. Other places to check: Laundromats, self-service car washes, and the ball-crawl play area in family restaurants, like Chuck E. Cheese. The best place to find paper money: Around ATMs. That’s where you’ll also find the most lost cell phones and BlackBerries. Don’t consider those “electronic freebies.” Turn them into the bank – or see if the phone’s address book contains an “ICE contact” – In Case of Emergency.
Right now - I’d like to issue a “Dropped Coin Challenge.” Pick up any money you find – whether it’s a lone penny or a wad of dollar bills - and toss it in an empty jar. Every few months, count it up – and find something to do with it. Bottom line: even if it’s only $10 – that’s $10 more than you would’ve had otherwise.

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