Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, but I've been a Coinstar user & fan for many many years! All words and opinions are my own.
Seems like the time of year when a little extra money would come in handy, right? You might be surprised at how many coins you have around the house. Most people estimate they have under $21 in spare change, but once they cash in at Coinstar, they find an average of $58, nearly three times as much! I challenged the kids to find as many coins as they could around our house–in the couch cushions, at the bottom of the laundry basket, on the floor of our van, etc.–and I took it down the street to my closest Coinstar kiosk.
Coinstar makes the process so easy. Just take your spare change to a big green kiosk in your local grocery store. Then, choose from one of three options to redeem your coins:
- Cash Voucher (which you can redeem at the register, but carries a 10.9% fee)
- Gift Card or eCertificate (no fee!)
- Donate to Charity (whoo hoo!)
I love that the eCertificate option has so many of my favorite stores–Amazon, Home Depot, iTunes, Lowe's, Regal, Toys R Us and many more. You can use your redemption to treat the family to a dinner out during the busy holiday season or get some Christmas shopping done. Or, choose to Donate to Charity and make a tax-deductibe donation to one of Coinstar's charity partners.
Once you've made your decision, dump your coins into the counter and get excited as the total goes up and up and up (is it just me? I think it's exciting!). This time around, I chose an Amazon.com eCertificate, since I'm planning to buy some board game gifts for the kids. Within minutes, you get a printout of your eCertificate, which you can enter into your Amazon account. So easy!
Looking ahead to the New Year, keep an eye out for the NEW yellow Coinstar Exchange kiosks, where you can exchange unused or partially used gift cards for cash.
Before you do all your holiday shopping, think about cashing in with Coinstar. That's extra money for your budget!
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Looking for more money? Read 3 ways to make money this week for holiday shopping.