Wednesday, April 29, 2009


Today we found $1.10 in the form of a dollar and ten pennies!! The dollar was found right outside of CVS where I grabbed a few shades of nail polish. Looks like the currency gods are smiling on us once again!!

Total today: $1.10
Total thus far: $91.89

Tuesday, April 28, 2009


Today we found a total of twelve pennies the hard way (single pennies, different locations). It was nice to see our old neighborhood today- Good Times!

Total today: $0.12
Total thus far: $90.79

Monday, April 27, 2009


Today we found four pennies- three while taking in the local sites at the Staten Island Zoo and I found a penny while on my way to Stop N Shop. Hopefully the weather will be just as good next weekend :)

Total today: $0.04
Total thus far: $90.67

Sunday, April 26, 2009


Today we went for a walk at good old Joggers park and found a total of forty cents in two dimes and twenty (yes TWENTY) pennies. The majority of these coins are caked in soil so i'll be soaking them overnight to remove some debris. Hope you enjoyed this wonderful Saturday weather!

Total today: $0.40
Total thus far: $90.63

Friday, April 24, 2009


Today we found a total of 22 cents in the form of two dimes and two pennies. We had an awesome time at the Staten Island carnival- pictures to come later!

Total today: $0.22
Total thus far: $90.23

Thursday, April 23, 2009


In the past few days, my family and I have found a total of 14 cents in the form of a dime and four pennies. While the change finds are getting harder because of the recent wave of change collectors that have been hitting the city streets, we remain optimistic especially with the upcoming beautiful weekend weather headed our way.

Total today: $0.14
Total thus far: $90.01

Side note: "The Manhattan Dive"

As previously mentioned, I have been wandering around Manhattan in hopes of finding a job. Today I visited a very reputable Employment Agency which yielded great results. I won't mention their information unless I receive permission from them but if you are in the New York area and would like their info, please contact me through email. Aside from that, I witnessed the most interesting (and quite bold!) coin spectacle as I crossed Lexington Ave. today. This gray suited older man was crossing the street in quite a hurry when he noticed something shiny on the ground. He stopped right in the middle of crossing and picked up the coin despite not having the right of way. He almost met his maker on that one- a yellow taxi almost hit him (by mere inches!!) . The driver popped his head out of the driver side window and flings a heap of curses his way. The man smiled and gestured accordingly- coin in tow. I'm hoping he at least got a quarter out of that one lol. Judging from the likes of his suit, I am baffled by his tenacity.

That is something I would NEVER do. A coin isn't worth risking your life. Seeeriously!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


Today we found an impressive cache of coins- 23 in total! We found $0.95 in the form of a quarter, four dimes, three nickels, and fifteen pennies- woohoo! My daughters have taken to walking around the outside of the mall (the grassy areas) and have had much luck finding spare coins. It's been a long while since we've found such a shiny new quarter (this one is from alaska | print date 2008). One of the pennies we found looks heavily eroded and quite unrecognizable. I've noticed we haven't met the dollar mark for the month of April- looks like New Yorkers are feeling the pinch!

Total today: $0.95
Total thus far: $89.87

Monday, April 20, 2009


Ironically today we found the exact same total as Sunday- in the form of five dimes, four pennies, and one canadian coin (which sadly does not count though some americans will wake up counting as Canadians :) thanks to this)

Places where found: Two dimes at DD in Shirley, NY, three pennies in parking lot at docs office, one penny at gas station here in SI, dime number three at indoor parking lot in manhattan, dime number four and canadian penny in front of Virgil's BBQ in manhattan, dime number five right by Hello Kitty store in Times square.

It rained something fierce today. April showers bring May flowers and also, perhaps, some loose change buried underground? Stay tuned :)

Total today: $0.54
Total thus far: $88.92


Bye Bye Easter vacation! In the past few days, we've found a total of 54 cents in the form of three dimes, a nickel, and nineteen pennies. I'll be uploading pictures from our ventures into the bronx zoo and other various places around New York in the next couple of days :)

Total today: $0.54
Total thus far: $88.38

Thursday, April 16, 2009


What a beautiful day! My daughter Bri and I went jogging and found a nice little stack of change- 47 cents worth- and it's only 2pm! I believe we'll be going back out and if so, I'll update the finds accordingly... happy Spring everyone!

Total today: $0.47
Total thus far: $87.84

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


In the past few days we found a total of 34 cents in the form of two dimes, a nickel, and nine pennies. Today is the deadline for filing taxes- got yours done? I am so shocked at the Tea Party rallies here in NY... is Obama really that bad?

Total today: $0.34
Total thus far: $87.37

Monday, April 13, 2009


Today we found a total of 36 cents in the form of three dimes and six pennies. We also found a fake penny (pictured below) but since it has no value.. we are out of luck lol.

Tomorrow I begin what is to be my first day of a real 'job search'- looks like i'll be change hunting in Manhattan for a bit :)

Total today: $0.36
Total thus far: $87.03

*Foreign Coin Alert* Last week while playing at a nearby playground, my daughter found a quarter sized silver coin that says "United Arab Emirates" on it. Since there is no denomination on it, I'll just toss it into the foreign coin pot that looks pretty full from here. I foresee a trip to a coin show in the near future :)

Sunday, April 12, 2009


Time flies so quickly... Our family has been on a short hiatus... Happy Easter all :)
In the past few days since our last blog we found a total of 92 cents in the form of 6 dimes, one nickel, and 27 pennies! 7 of the pennies were found in Queens and the other change was found all over Staten Island. I went to go see "The Haunting in Connecticut" this weekend (would have preferred to see "Knowing" but was conned into it because I am a huge fan of Virginia Madsen!)

Hope the easter bunny was kind to you all :)

Total today: $0.92
Total thus far: $86.67

Tuesday, April 07, 2009


Found a lone dime on the floor of the parking lot. The dime stayed alone most of the day (no other finds) so I'm happy that at least I get to reunite the dime with other coins.. happy days indeed!

Total today: $0.10
Total thus far: $85.75

Monday, April 06, 2009


Today we found a total of 35 cents on the dot in the form of two dimes and a whopping fifteen pennies!!!! Looks like the rain brought out the cache :) Tomorrow I'll be testing out the new digicam on Karen's Easter Parade yayyy!!

Total today: $0.35
Total thus far: $85.65

Sunday, April 05, 2009


Today we found a total of 17 cents in the form of a dime and seven pennies. Scott finished purchasing Karen's easter garments and during the venture out, he found the majority of the penny cache around the staten island mall. One of the pennies was wheat! a 1954D in fact!

Total today: $0.17
Total thus far: $85.30


Today we found a total of 46 cents in the form of a quarter, two dimes, and one penny- all in Manhattan of all places! I didn't get a chance to take any pictures of the change in the wild because it was so crowded but I am very happy that today proved quite productive despite the clouds :)

Total today: $0.46
Total thus far: $85.13

Friday, April 03, 2009

No Finds

No finds today but I had a great day altogether! Life is so much sweeter now :) Hope my readers are more successful changewise today :)


Today we found a total of 28 cents in the form of a quarter and three pennies. We also found a 1988 Canadan Penny but since it isn't american, it goes right into our foreign coin pot. The quarter was quite an astonishing find since we found it on a handicap parking space! (see below)

I am utterly amazed by my friend's camera phone capabilities! Perhaps a new, higher megapixel camera is in order? teehee
Total today: $0.28
Total thus far: $84.67

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

$0.02 (The Aprille Foole)

and a very happy birthday to my good buddy from Bensonhurst, Michele Torres!!
I'll be sure to ask her what it feels like to turn 18 ;)

As for found change: So far I've found two pretty banged up pennies- both at the local gas station where I filled up my gas guzzler.

I'm working on planting some mild mannered april fool pranks on the girls- so far one is ready to go :)

Since the day is not over and I am feeling optimistic about our impending grocery store trip, I won't be updating the total of the day BUT I will impart a little snippet from Wikipedia regarding this strange, non-legal holiday :)

April Fools' Day or All Fools' Day, although not a holiday in its own right, is a notable day celebrated in many countries on April 1. The day is marked by the commission of hoaxes and other practical jokes of varying sophistication on friends, family members, enemies, and neighbours, or sending them on fool's errand, the aim of which is to embarrass the gullible. Traditionally, in some countries, the jokes only last until noon: like UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and South Africa, someone who plays a trick after noon is called an "April Fool".[1] Elsewhere, such as in Ireland, France, and the USA, the jokes last all day.

Origins: The origin of April Fools' Day is obscure. One likely theory is that the modern holiday was first celebrated soon after the adoption of the Gregorian Calendar; the term referred to someone still adhering to the Julian Calendar, which it replaced.[2] In many pre-Christian cultures May Day (May 1) was celebrated as the first day of summer, and signalled the start of the spring planting season. An April Fool was someone who did this prematurely. Another origin is that April 1 was counted the first day of the year in France. When King Charles IX changed that to January 1, some people stayed with April 1. Those who did were called "April Fools" and were taunted by their neighbors.[citation needed] In the eighteenth century the festival was often posited as going back to the times of Noah. An English newspaper article published on April 13th, 1789 said that the day had its origins when he sent the raven off too early, before the waters had receded. He did this on the first day of the Hebrew month that corresponds with April.[3] A possible reference to April Fools' Day can be seen in the Canterbury Tales (ca 1400) in the Nun's Priest's tale, a tale of two fools: Chanticleer and the fox, which took place on March 32nd.[4]

Update: found 12 additional cents- penny and dime at the grocery parking lot and another penny at the gym parking lot- 14 cents on a rainy April day. Yippee!!

Total today: $0.14
Total thus far: $84.39