Saturday, May 31, 2008
We took a quick family stroll after the freak thunderstorm and found one lonely penny by a baseball field. The penny looks to be in almost bleached condition-- guess the sand kept it clean for the most part. I found out my daughter's first real crush (a 12 year old boy named Felix) is moving tomorrow. She looks pretty sad. Maybe i'll go get her an ice cream and talk about why they're called 'crushes' (wow I sound just like a parent right there!)
Total today: $0.01
Total thus far: $319.13
Friday, May 30, 2008
Today we found a total of $0.28-- my daughter found two dimes and a penny at school, hubby found a penny at work, and we found a nickel and a penny while food shopping at Stop N Shop. Hopefully the weather will be good for walking this weekend because my girls feel like taking a pretty nice trek around central park. It will be their first time exploring that park. I think i'll cop a squat under a tree and read a good book while they peruse the park with hubby :)
Total today: $0.28
Total thus far: $319.12
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Earlier today I witnessed a pretty ugly fight which resulted in two women getting arrested. One woman (who was apparently very high and very angrrrry) attacked an older woman out of nowhere. During their cat-like scrapping, the younger one declared her love for some man and promised to leave some 'marks' on the elder woman. The fight didn't last long-- two patrolmen sprung from their posts and broke up the scuffle. I felt bad because the man who they fought for just looked on and laughed at them both as they were hauled away. Ah well.. such is life.
Total today: $0.39
Total thus far: $318.84
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
I wonder if ketchup would help?
Total today: $0.05
Total thus far: $318.45
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
I'm happy to report that today we found an impressive $0.37-- a quarter, a dime, and two pennies. The quarter was found on the roof of our carport (hubby went to retrieve a stuck basketball up there and found a lodged quarter in the mix). My oldest daughter found a dime at the park, and I found a penny in front of citibank and another right by Dunkin Donuts.
I'm surprised that it didn't rain today despite the menacing clouds and unbearable heat/humidity that came along with it. We were lucky to find some money considering gas in our area is now ::gulp:: $4.29 for unleaded!!!
Total today: $0.37
Total thus far: $318.40
What beautiful weather! Today was a day of reflection and thanks to those who have served to keep us free-- thank you so much for your services. You will not be forgotten!
We found a total of $0.11-- a dime by the curb, a penny at a nearby Commerce bank and what appears to be a 1979 Jamaican cent (a first for the foreign change collection jar).
Total today: $0.11
Total thus far: $318.14
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Here is where we were exactly one year ago: The Return...
This is where we were two years ago: Unexpected Outings, Unexpected Finds
Even though the concept of finding money is so exciting, one thing has changed. Our mighty dollar is not as strong as it once was. We can blame so many things-- government, foreign debt, oil and commodities-- I think the fault lies in the pretty little plastic card in my wallet. It makes me feel like trump on a budget. It is getting harder and harder to find money (aside from the popular places). More pennies are finding homes as opposed to being discarded. Suddenly a fool and his lint- not his money, become so eagerly parted.
Ironically, the Changepot is having the best year ever. Go figure.
(Side note: Reader Marianna K. from Bronx, NY asked me what our most profitable changepot day of only change was. I'll check the archives and answer her question on this entry.)
I just finished watching Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street . I actually enjoyed it! Despite its unnerving London sensibility, I couldn't bare to move an inch from my sit the whole entire time. Hubby and I were both equally spellbound. He is so impressed, he wants to go purchase the DVD tomorrow. Go figure!
(and here I was thinking Hubby would never watch another Tim Burton film again after finding out his political affiliation!)
Total today: $1.13
Total thus far: $318.03
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Here is an alternative way to keep track of what we found
Amount: $3.14 total !
Staten Island Mall $1.80 (dollar, quarters, nickel) everywhere
Convenience Store: $1.10 (dollar, dime) parking lot
JobSite: $0.11 (dime, penny) foot of stairs, above fireplace
School, Stop n Shop, Dunk'n Donuts, School: $0.13 (pennies) carious locations
Here's a picture of me-- Mrs. Krabs along with my darling Kitty Crabs... ahh I can't wait for this summer!!! Pooltime!!!
Total today: $3.14
Total thus far: $316.90
Friday, May 23, 2008
Total today: $0.54
Total thus far: $313.76
Thursday, May 22, 2008
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Wednesday, May 21, 2008
On my way home from the Staten Island Ferry, I stumbled upon a neatly folded dollar bill- apparently it knew how to stay dry (claiming a home in my changepot purse!) Hubby found a dime and a nickel at work and my oldest found a quarter and three pennies on her way back from basketball practice. No finds for kitty today- she's busy preparing for graduation!!!
Here's a pic of the changepot purse in question-- and as always, the cat that loves to block my path as i'm typing (she chases the cursor!!)
Total today : $1.43
Total thus far: $313.22
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Now back to the subject at hand-- The current amount for the past two years plus interest is now a whopping $656.25 (+26.51 in interest + silver found change sales). We've found change thus far today but we're about to step out again.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Total today: $0.47
Total thus far: $311.79
Monday, May 19, 2008
We ate, made merry, and found $1.31 in the process. Here's a clip of Mr. Krabs and his boasting of a dollar find in the street:
The quarter was found right by a train station in 42nd street. We found six pennies scattered around Manhattan despite the rain and cool winds.
Total today: $1.31
Total thus far: $311.32
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Even though the noble weatherman called for immense rain, today was sooo beautiful and sunny-- so nice in fact that people left us a nice trail of dollars and quarters for us! The changepot crew found a total of $9.51- a five dollar bill, three one dollar bills, five quarters, two nickels, one dime, and six pennies. We walked ALOT today (our feet can attest to this fact). The three dollars were found crumpled up with a receipt outside of Stop and Shop (where we picked up a pretty new plant for my office). Kitty found the five dollar bill right under the tire of our car by the mall (where we picked up some necessary items). Kudos to hubby for pinning the five spot with the tire-- it could have flown in someone else's path were it not for the tire!!
The change was found in various places.... but most of all.....
and congrats to the little girl who found a week old kitten. Hopefully they took the baby to the vet for some quick checkups. Looks like said kitty will need bottle feeding!
Total found today : $9.51
Total thus far : $310.01
Friday, May 16, 2008
Last time the Changepot saw over three hundred dollars in a calendar year was August 2, 2006
But I must say, the changepot would not be here if it weren't for Sandy's idea to sell the odds and ends (one earrings, broken jewelry) gold we've found in the street. Read all about the exchange in this post here --> Gold Rush
Total today: $2.40
total thus far: $300.50 (wow!)
Thursday, May 15, 2008
On a more somber note--
after watching the Spurlock documentary Maxed Out, I've noticed that we here at the Krabs household have catapulted ourselves in a sea of credit card debt. This is definitely not good. Today I've made a resolution to tackle debt slowly by snowflaking (collecting money from various sources except the found change of course!)
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Found a nice little stash of change on the ground-- 0.92 cents in the parking lot at the gym. I'm thinking someone must have dropped a whole heap of change right before I got there. It has been a while since I found change of this magnitude- it is definitely a cause for celebration!
Total today: $0.92
Total thus far: $298.10
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
I've been looking for different opportunities to fund 'snowflakes'-- a semi-new concept at the PF blogger forums. I've decided i'm going to try to make some money online to start these snowflakes up. Times are tough.. but i'm sure you don't need me to tell you how bad it's getting. I'm doing a few things online to make some money. While it's no windfall by any means, two to three dollars helps. I've been getting paid consistently by SurveySavvy-- there is a link on the sidebar or you can click here to be taken to their website directly.
Total today: $0.01
Total thus far: 297.18
On a side note:
What would you do?
Monday, May 12, 2008
Total found: $0.02
Total thus far: $297.17
Sunday, May 11, 2008
First off, we here at the changepot would like to wish all our blog reading mothers all there a very Happy Mother's Day. Despite the hype, I think a mom's job is quite underrated. It's ok though-- dads are also in this very category when it comes to certain things.
Now off to the change found today: We managed to find a total of twenty nine cents- a quarter and four pennies. Hubby found a quarter at the local dollar store and we girls found four pennies in all different locations. I got my nails done and received a few gifts in commemoration of this day-- I love my family!
Total today: $0.29
Total thus far: $297.15
Saturday, May 10, 2008
chalk up yet another twenty cents (dime, nickel, and five pennies) for the changepot-- my kids are penny pros! Worked for a few hours despite the pleasant weather ( the economy beckons!)
The Krabs family awaits their stimulus payment much like the rest of qualified America, how about you?
Total today: $0.20
Total found: $296.86
Friday, May 09, 2008
Thursday, May 08, 2008
Here's a small inventory of what was sold:
2 unmatched single earrings (obviously dropped unknowingly)
2 broken bracelets (both 14K)
1 bent dolphin ring (found under the boardwalk)
So in case you happen to find gold in the street and have a change jar just like us, sell it! It's a good time for it, I think :)
Total today: $156.09
Total thus far: $296.49
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
total thus far: $140.40
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
Monday, May 05, 2008
Sunday, May 04, 2008
Total today: $0.81
Total thus far: $140.09
Saturday, May 03, 2008
LOL... I almost forgot-- here is some video footage of my husband's attempt to rouse a really testy rooster at the Bronx Zoo last week!!
Total found today: $1.39
Total thus far: $139.28
Friday, May 02, 2008
Today hubby and I found one penny during our rounds. The girls found a quarter and a penny while out with grandma. I guess twenty seven cents is better than zip, right?
I've been putting off my tackling of bills for far too long. After talking to a colleague of mine about budget crunching, I've decided to heed my own advice-- work hard to put an end to this impossible credit card trap we've stumbled right into.
The buck stops here! (gulp)
Stay tumed for yet another blog from the Krabs'-- details to come soon.
Total today: $0.27
Total thus far: $137.89
Thursday, May 01, 2008
So I've been telling my best friend R about The Secret and I realized I haven't been putting the concept of the Law of Attraction into play much. The mind is so uniquely powerful yet here I am letting it idle until I find something else to pique my interest. Bollocks! It's time to find a new hobby!
As for the finds-- today has been a multi-trip day here at chez Krabs. We've been running errands and preparing for tomorrow's events. The first find of today was a dime in the grass by hubby's job. Once the dime made itself known, change followed quietly. Two dimes here, two quarters there, pennies, pennies, and more pennies rolled along happily. All in all we found a total of $1.31 in change today. As usual, hubby saves the day with his innocent GREEN finds. As I stopped into a nearby shoe store to purchase the finishing touches on tomorrow's wardrobe, I notice hubby walking (no.. make that RUNNING) over to a car that just pulled away. He bends down and picks up something then walks back over to us with a Cheshire cat grin. How he managed to see it in the darkness is beyond me (it was already 830) but he managed to find EIGHT DOLLARS- A FIVE DOLLAR BILL AND THREE SINGLES! I guess some people have all the luck, eh? I'm thinking he's got us beat with dollar finds for this period.
Total today: $9.31
Total thus far: $137.62
Now playing: Amy Winehouse - Stronger Than Me