I also check in and around vending machines. You'd be surprised at how many people either forget or can't be bothered with collecting the change from their purchase.
I had no idea there were other options. I haven't used those machines ever because of the fees. To answer the original question...sometimes I do, but other times I leave it for the next person, who may or may not need it more than I. If it's a penny, it also depends on whether it's facing up heads or tails. My folks always told me it was bad luck to pick up a penny that was showing tails. So I usually leave those, haha.When you request Amazon (or another retailer), the voucher prints out with a promotional code that you enter at the time of checkout, and the amount is deducted from your total. So I don't see a problem with the Smiles program.
If you decide to use a Coinstar machine, you can select a retailer that gives you the full value without charging fee. If you get confused, you can always ask a store employee for help.
I put off using those machines for years because everyone said they charged a fee just for counting your coins, but once I realized that there were other options, it was full steam ahead.
Often, I do. I consider certain dates important to me, and if the coin has one of those dates, I keep it (but I'll probably start washing such coins well from now on... eeewwwwwww....)
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Researchers have found that some phones can be dirtier than a toilet seat.
A jewelry cleaner would be perfect, I think, but I don't have one. So I just wash the coin in my hands with hand soap and let it dry. I've done that before, but not consistently.I'm just curious how you--or anyone--would wash the coins.
I have one of those electric jewelry cleaner gizmoes that vibrates. You put some liquid soap on whatever you want washed, fill the machine's basin with warm water, put the object in the basin, set the timer and turn it on. It vibrates for three minutes.
I've never used it on coins, though.
The bank I worked at never did that. We sent it back off as dirty as we got it.banks wash coins. They put them in a big turny thing, with water.
The bank I worked at never did that. We sent it back off as dirty as we got it.