Tuesday, March 31, 2009


Today we found 11 cents in the form of a very dirty dime and one penny. The dime was uncovered during one of our walkabouts at a nearby park right off Bay Street (see image below). The weather is getting much better so we'll be walking around much more to get some family exercise after dinner.. i can't wait!!!

Total today: $0.11
Total thus far: $84.25


(source: kicksonfire.com)

Today we found one lonely penny lying helplessly in front of the overcrowded gym here on post. I'm guessing people are starting to enforce the last ditch effort to lose a few pounds before summer- an admirable trait! We bought new pairs of walking sneakers in preparation for warmer weather (are you getting ready for summer yet?)

Total today: $0.01
Total thus far: $84.14

Sunday, March 29, 2009

No Finds.

No Finds today.

Saturday, March 28, 2009


Today we found a total of seventeen cents in the form of a dime and seven pennies. All's well in the world :)

Total today: $0.17
Total thus far: $84.13

Thursday, March 26, 2009


Our apologies for not updating any sooner. In the past few days we've found a whopping 23 cents in the form of a dime, a nickel, and eight pennies. Today while Bri was outside playing in the park, she found yet another play coin- this one was a fairly grimy quarter. Hopefully the weekend will yield better change :)

Total today : $0.23
Total thus far: $83.96

Sunday, March 22, 2009


Today I found a dime at the gym this morning. I spotted three pennies in the street but Jamaica Avenue is a pretty dangerous place to retrieve coins!

Total today: $0.10
Total thus far: $83.73

Saturday, March 21, 2009


Today we found a total of 89 cents in the form of a quarter, four dimes, two nickels, and fourteen pennies. I'll elaborate on it a bit later :)

Total today: $0.89
Total thus far: $83.63

Friday, March 20, 2009


Today we found a total of 58 cents in the form of two quarters and eight pennies while walking around New York City! Bri found the majority of the change as we sped along the broadway route. We walked from the ferry (Whitehall Street) all the way to St Marks place! During our travels, we also found a shiny new Canadian penny (2008)! I'll upload the pictures at a later date :)

Total today: $0.58
Total thus far: $82.74

Thursday, March 19, 2009


Today we found a total of 39 cents in the form of a quarter, a nickel, and nine very corroded pennies (dirt pennies). I find it incredibly interesting that we found a quarter and a nickel for two days in a row- seems like the quarters are making a comeback!

Total today: $0.39
Total thus far: $82.16

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


Today we found a total of thirty six cents- a quarter, a nickel, and six pennies- all on the way to the gym. We walked and I made my first 'real' attempt at rollerblading- perhaps I may be able to find a newer method of transportation after all :)

source: jklworld.com

Total today: $0.36
Total thus far: $81.77

Tuesday, March 17, 2009


Happy St. Patrick's day!! Got your mug of ale yet?

Today we found a total of 11 cents in the form of a dime and a penny. While I have more change to account, I can only post about the change I have 'in hand'. Today's dime and penny were found in the parking lot of Planet Fitness- our new home for physical fitness training after hours :)

Total today: $0.11
Total thus far: $81.41

Monday, March 16, 2009

No Finds.

Found no change but here are some cool things that happened on this day in history (courtesy of juntosociety.com)

March 16th

1079 Iran adopts solar Hijrah calendar
1190 Jews of York England commit mass sucide rather than submit to baptism
1345 Holy spirit glides above fire; "the miracle of Amsterdam" (legend)
1517 Pope Leo X signs 5th Council of Lateranen
1521 Magelhaes' fleet discovers Zamal (Samar)
1521 Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reaches Philippines
1527 Battle at Khanua: Mogol Emperor Babur beats Rajputen
1621 Native American chief visits colony of Plymouth MA
1641 General court declares Rhode Island a democracy & adopts new constitution
1660 English Long Parliament disbands
1690 French king Louis XIV sends troops to Ireland
1730 Willem Charles Henry Friso installed as viceroy of Drenthe
1731 Treaty of Vienna: Emperor Charles VI of England & Netherlands
1792 Murder attempt on King Gustavus III by count Ankarstrom at opera
1802 Law signed to establish US Military Academy (West Point NY)
1802 US army Corps of Engineers established (2nd time)
1815 Willem I proclaimed king of the Netherlands, including Belgium
1822 Composer Gioacchino Rossini marries Spanish soprano
1827 1st US black newspaper, "Freedom's Journal" (New York NY), begins publishing
1829 Ohio authorizes high school night classes
1830 London's re-organised police force (Scotland Yard) forms
1830 New York Stock Exchange slowest day ever (31 shares traded)
1833 Susan Hayhurst becomes 1st US woman grad of a pharmacy college
1834 HMS Beagle anchors at Berkeley Sound, Falkland Islands
1836 Texas approves a constitution
1850 Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Scarlet Letter" published
1861 Arizona Territory votes to leave the Union
1861 Confederate government appoints commissioners to Britain
1862 Battle at Pound Gap KY: Confederates separate battles
1865 Battle of Averasboro NC (1,500 casualities)
1869 Hiram R Revels makes the 1st official speech by a black in the Senate
1871 1st fertilizer law enacted
1872 1st FA Cup Final: Wanderers-Royal Engineers 1-0 in Bolton
1876 Nelly Saunders & Rose Harland fight 1st female boxing match (New York)
1877 Charles Bannerman completes 1st Test cricket century, 165 vs England
1882 US Senate ratifies treaty establishing the Red Cross
1894 Jules Massenet's opera "Thaïs" premieres in Paris France
1896 Premiere of Mahler's "Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen"
1897 Start of Sherlock Holmes "The Adventure of The Devil's Foot" (BG)
1900 American League meets in Chicago, Ban Johnson announces that an American League teams will be in Chicago, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Detroit, Cleveland & Buffalo
1900 Sir Arthur Evans finds old city of Knossus
1907 1st first-class cricket game between New South Wales & Western Australia
1910 Barney Oldfield sets land speed record of 131.7 mph at Daytona
1911 Stanley Cup: Ottawa Senators beat Port Arthur (Ontario) 13-4
1912 Mrs William Howard Taft plants 1st cherry tree in Washington DC
1915 British battle cruisers Inflexible & Irresistible hit mines in Dardanelle
1915 Federal Trade Commission organizes
1916 James Barries' "Kiss for Cinderella" premieres in London
1916 US & Canada sign Migratory bird treaty
1918 Geoffrey O'Hara's "K-K-K-Katy" song published
1919 Frank Wedekind's "Elius Erweckung" premieres in Hamburg
1920 1 Acre Park also known as Baby Park in the Bronx renamed Melrose Park
1922 Sultan Fuad I crowned king of Egypt, England recognizes Egypt
1922 WKY-AM in Oklahoma City OK begins radio transmissions
1923 Hugo von Hofmannsthal's "Der Unbestechliche" premieres in Vienna
1926 Robert Goddard launches 1st liquid fuel rocket, goes 184' (56 meter)
1929 WHP-AM in Harrisburg PA begins radio transmissions
1930 USS Constitution (Old Ironsides) floated out to become a national shrine
1931 Genootschap Onze Taal (Our Language) organizes (Netherlands)
1933 Hitler names Hjalmar Shaft, president of Bank of Germany
1934 Congress passes Migratory Bird Conservation Act
1935 Hitler orders German rearmament, violating Versailles Treaty
1937 All but one senior fouls out of a scrimmage game between seniors & sophomores, but he holds on to win the game 35-32
1938 Noël Coward's musical "Operette" premieres in London
1938 Temple defeats Colorado to win 1st NIT
1939 Germany occupies Czechoslovakia
1939 Hungary annexes republic of Karpato-Ukraine
1939 NHL record 10 goals in 1 period-New York Rangers (7), New York Americans (3) & a record 26 points in the 3rd period
1940 German air raid on British fleet base Scapa Flow
1941 Blizzard hits North Dakota & Minnesota killing 60
1941 Dmitri Shostakovich receives the Stalin Prize
1941 National Gallery of Art opens in Washington DC
1943 Elin K (No) & Zaanland (Netherlands) torpedoed & sinks
1944 Vichy Internal minister Pucheu sentenced to death
1945 US defeats Japan at Iwo Jima
1946 "Would-Be Gentleman" closes at Booth Theater NYC after 77 performances
1947 Convair Liner, 1st US twin-engine pressurized airplane, tested
1949 KFMB TV channel 8 in San Diego CA (CBS) begins broadcasting
1950 1st annual National Book Awards
1952 1870 mm rain in Cilaos, Réunion (world record)
1952 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
1953 American League rejects Bill Veeck's request to move St Louis Browns to Baltimore
1955 Josephine Kroesen appointed as 1st Dutch female judge
1955 President Eisenhower upheld the use of atomic weapons in case of war
1956 US Ladies Figure Skating Championship won by Tenley Albright
1956 US Men's Figure Skating Championship won by Hayes A Jenkins
1957 9th Emmy Awards: Phil Silvers Show, Robert Young & Loretta Young
1957 Patty Berg wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
1957 Toronto Maple Leafs tie NHL record 37 points beating New York Rangers 14-1
1958 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
1959 Iraq & USSR sign economic/technical treaty
1962 1st launching of Titan 2-rocket
1962 US Super-Constellation disappears above Pacific Ocean, kills 167
1964 KCOY TV channel 12 in Santa Maria CA (CBS) begins broadcasting
1964 Paul Hornung & Alex Karras reinstated in NFL after 1 year suspension
1966 "Man From Uncle" star David McCallum receives huge welcome in London
1966 Gemini 8 launched with Armstrong & Scott, aborted after 6.5 orbits
1967 Pirate Radio Station 333 (Radio Britain) ship breaks down
1968 My Lai massacre occurs (Vietnam War); 450 die
1968 Robert F Kennedy announces Presidential campaign
1969 Boston Bruins scores a NHL record 8 goals in 1 period
1969 Peter Stone & Sherman Edward's "1776" premieres at 46th St Theater NYC for 1217 performances
1969 Viasa DC-9 crashes at Maracaibo's Grano de Oro airport, killing 155
1970 New English Bible published
1970 WNIN TV channel 9 in Evansville IN (PBS) begins broadcasting
1971 13th Grammy Awards: Bridge over Troubled Water, Carpenters win
1971 KDCD TV channel 18 in Midland TX (IND) suspends broadcasting
1972 John & Yoko are served with deportation papers
1974 1st performance at new Grand Ole Opry House at Opryland in Nashville
1975 "Lieutenant" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 9 performances
1975 US Mariner 10 makes 3rd & final fly-by of Mercury
1976 British premier Harold Wilson resigns
1977 US President Carter pleads for Palestinian homeland
1978 Amoco Cadiz tanker spills 68.7 million gallons of oil off French coast
1978 Red Brigade kidnaps former premier Aldo Moro in Italy, 5 killed
1978 Soyuz 26 returns to Earth
1978 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1978 US Senate accepts Panamá Canal treaty
1979 CBS-TV airs "Wings Over the World" with Paul McCartney
1980 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Honda Civic Golf Classic
1983 Smallest crowd at Cleveland Coliseum (Cavs vs Nets-1,814)
1984 Gunmen kidnap William Buckley, CIA station chief in Beirut
1984 South-Africa & Mozambique sign non attack treaty
1985 Associated Press correspondent Terry Anderson taken hostage in Beirut
1985 Denny McLain, pitcher; convicted of racketeering, sentenced to 25 years
1986 Chris Johnson wins LPGA GNA/Glendale Federal Golf Classic
1988 Federal grand jury indicts Marine Lt. Col. Oliver L. North & Navy Vice Adm. John M. Poindexter in Iran-Contra affair
1988 North-Ireland Protestant fires on Catholic funeral, 3 killed
1988 US sends 3000 soldiers to Nicaragua's neighbor Honduras
1991 7 members of Reba McEntire's band are killed in a plane crash
1991 Members of Irish Gay & Lesbian Organization march in NYC parade
1991 New Jersey Net coach Bill Fitch is 4th coach to win 800 NBA games
1991 New York Lotto pays $33.3 million to one winner (#s are 18-21-32-33-35-38)
1992 Matt Keough, in the dugout, is hit flush in the head by a batted ball
1994 Moravcik forms Slovakia government
1994 Tonya Harding pleads guilty to felony attack on Nancy Kerrigan
1995 Dow-Jones hits record 4069.15
1995 Manhattan upsets 4th seeded Oklahoma 77-67
1995 Mississippi House of Representatives ratifies 13th Amendement-formally abolishes slavery
1995 World best 7th wicket stand 461 by Bhupinder Singh Jr & P Dharmani
1996 Mike Tyson KOs Frank Bruno in 2nd round
1997 Donna Andrews wins LPGA Welch's/Circle K Championship
1997 New Jersey Devils' Dave Andreychuk is 26th NHL to score 500 goals
1997 Stuart Appleby wins Honda Golf Classic
1997 Toshiba Senior Golf Classic

Sunday, March 15, 2009


Today we found a total of $0.15 in the form of a dime and five pennies. Two of the dirty pennies were found in front of Applebees on Forest Avenue and the rest of the change was found in the parking lot of SIU Hospital. We're staying in for the rest of the day so that's all the news and i'm sticking to it :)

Total today: $0.15
Total thus far: $81.30

Saturday, March 14, 2009


Today we found a total of 53 cents in the form of four dimes, a penny, and eight nickels. I'm shocked at how many dimes have surfaced in the past couple of days- no quarters in sight! Hubby found most of the change during early morning PT in the dirt (gotta love 6am exercise!) The rest was found while taking a trip around the mall.

Total today: $0.53
Total thus far: $81.15

Friday, March 13, 2009


Today we found a total of $.98 in the form of two quarters, four dimes, and eight pennies- breaking the $80 mark of Changepot's fourth year! The quarters were found in the change return slot of a vending machine on campus (woohoo!) The dimes and pennies were found scattered around outside and in the mall. Right now we're in the process of updating our home theatre system to promote more at-home entertainment for the colder days until spring weather sets in.

Total today: $0.98
total thus far: $80.67

Thursday, March 12, 2009

$5.03 (+ 5 !)

Today we found $1.23 in the form of a dollar, two dimes, and three pennies. We cashed in a total of $3.80 in bottles that we collected and had tucked away since the summer during our beautification stint. I can't believe how many bottles we found discarded on the boardwalk- 75 in total! Goodbye balcony clutter!

The +5 by the total amount on the title was today's very first find- a fake nickel!! We've added it to the non-changepot (where we currently keep the foreign coins, broken jewelry, and ripped dollar bills). The dollar we found was pretty dirty (see picture below)- so dirty that we have placed it into a ziploc snack bag and added it into the changepot.

(Gross dollar and fake nickel)

(redeemed bottle money from Operation: South beach Beautification)

Total today: $5.03 Total thus far: $79.69

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


Today we found a total of 55 cents- two quarters and five pennies! The first quarter was found in the Target parking lot (along with three of the five pennies found today). The second quarter was found on the way home from the store. It was partially buried under some grass. The other two pennies were found by the dentist's office where Bri had her braces adjusted :)

Total today: $0.55
Total found thus far: $74.66

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


Today we found a total of 43 cents in the form of three dimes, two nickels, and three pennies- thanks to the fine folks walking around and shopping happily at the Jersey Gardens Mall. Bri's best find of the day was the three dimes and a nickel over by the relaxation chair station (Ka-Ching!). At this rate, we'll be seeing $80.00 in no time!

Total today: $0.43
Total thus far: $74.11

Monday, March 09, 2009


Today we found a whole mess of change- five dimes and twelve pennies in total. All of it was found during our random outings all over Staten Island today. Hopefully when the weather gets warmer we'll go out and take in some scenery as we 'hunt'.

Total today: $0.62
Total thus far: $73.68

Sunday, March 08, 2009


Today hubby found a total of seven pennies- lucky seven! The weather was extremely conducive for a brisk walk around the fort. Enclosed is a picture of penny number one. I'm so glad the snow is gone so the rain will bring up the coins tomorrow :)

Total today: $0.07
Total thus far: $73.06

Saturday, March 07, 2009


Found a total of 26 cents in the form of two dimes, a nickel, and a penny today. All of the change was found in the CVS Parking lot not too far from my house. The snow has successfully melted enough to where we were able to locate the coins via the street lights. We won't be going back outside for the rest of the night- it was a good day though :)

Total today: $0.26
Total thus far: $72.99

Friday, March 06, 2009


Today we found a total of six cents in the form of six pennies. One penny was found at Queensborough Community College and the remaining coins were found at CVS. Not much else to report BUT i'm sure as the weather gets warmer, the coins will pop up accordingly :)

Total today: $0.06
Total thus far: $72.73

Thursday, March 05, 2009


Today we found a total of 21 cents in the form of a dime, two nickels, and a penny- BLACKJACK!

I found one nickel and a penny while out doing my daily rounds and Bri found the dime and other nickel while playing outside in the slushy mess that was once pristine snow. I am so excited because Watchmen opens tomorrow- hopefully the clan will be up for a night at the movies :)

Our latest interview with NBC's Cat Greenleaf is posted in the Interviews section of the blog. Here is a link from the site ---> NBC Interview 2.25.09

Total today: $0.21

Total thus far: $72.67

No Finds.

No finds for today but here are a few notes and change pot pictures from our readers. Please feel free to share your change finding stories and I'll gladly post them on here perodically :)


  • Saw your blog and congrats to you all! My daughter is 21 now, but for years
    she has saved change in her closet. Cashes it in (at the bank, so there is
    no fee) on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving every year. That is her
    Christmas shopping money. She starts filling her bucket again on
    Thanksgiving for the following year. All her shopping done, with
    cash, and no after-Christmas bills! She usually gets $350-400 a
    year. ann Mansfield TX


  • Hi Barb, I was picking up pennies by the vending machines today and realized I was building up quite a collection. Some people drop quarters, nickles and dimes also.
    Rusty Gray


  • Hi there - I was inspired to find your story and the subsequent blogs of others finding money. I have been looking for and finding money since august 2007 and to date have around $189 and growing. My point was to prove that a penny turns into a nickel into a dime into a quarter in a dollar and into dollars ++++++ .. I live on the west or right now wet coast of Canada and will try and work on a blog to join the group. Hope to hear from you, Cheers Suzanne


  • Hello money finders, My name is Bobby Eason. I just found your website. Congratulations on your interesting family hobby. This January, I started a blog site called MoneyWalker. My blog address is as follows: http://MoneyWalker.blogspot.com/ I would appreciate you listing my blog on your homepage of listed blogs. My goal is to use the external motivation of finding lost money as a reason to persevere in the healthy habit of walking for fitness. About half of my entries deal with physical fitness and the other half with tips for finding money while walking. My blog is an infant and I am seeking ways to improve it. Again, I really enjoy the way you are teaching great American values to your family.
  • Bobby Eason


  • Loved your site. I've been picking up money off the ground my entire life. About 25 years ago I started my own Christmas newsletter as a sarcastic swipe at Christmas newsletters and talked about important things like my dentist visits and the money I found. I call it "free range coinage" and started a Free Range Coinage Club and every time one of my family or friends tells me that I inspired them to pick up money I let them know they too are now in the club. Glad to see I am not alone in the world!

Glenn Thornhill

Sylmar, California


Wednesday, March 04, 2009

$0.03 (Yakima,WA pennies)

I received a letter today addressed to my daughters from my grandmother-in-law. . She is so adorable!! She'd sent us a note congratulating us on our changepot successes and sent us her own story (along with her find). It read as follows:

Hi girls-
Hope you are doing well and are happy. Tony took me to get new glasses the other day and I found these! Thought you might like to add them to your stash-

Grandma R.

The letter had three pennies taped on it! I'll add them lovingly to today's post as we've found nothing yet but we haven't given up hope. Once the snow melts I'm sure we'll find lots of corroded pennies and nickels to pick up!

Total today: $0.03
Total thus far: $72.46

Tuesday, March 03, 2009


Today was a great day here at chez Changepot! We found a total of 97 cents in the form of three quarters, a dime, a nickel, and seven pennies. Two of the three quarters were found in the return slot of a soda machine on campus. The other quarter and a nickel were found in the slushy snow right in front of Dunkin Donuts. I'm beginning to think Dunkin' Donuts may be the best place to find change even in this inclement weather. The dime and pennies were found scattered all around the administration building on campus where Hubby sorted out some enrollment paperwork and the like. I miss school ::sigh::

Total today:$0.97
Total thus far: $72.43

Monday, March 02, 2009


Despite the snow, we managed to find 19 cents in the form of a dime, a nickel, and four pennies. The majority of the pennies were found right outside home depot where hubby bought a few tubes of caulk (yes, it's caulk time again!). The dime and nickel were found outside of Dunkin Donuts where hubby and the girls enjoyed some hot cocoa and watched the snowflakes get bigger at nine am :)

Total today: $0.19
Total thus far: $71.46

Sunday, March 01, 2009

No Finds.

We didn't go out today so logically there are no finds to report.