Not exactly Fort Knox, but that's our proud Broguiere's milk bottle of coins we've been collecting for the last few months. When we used to work at an office job where, believe it or not, we had coworkers who didn't like carrying change so they would end up bestowing us with all of their loose change (including quarters!). So whether it's change from friends, nickels found on the sidewalk, or change form purchases, we save, resulting in a payout of about $60 months later from a full jar. We're not exactly known as super frugal (though working on it), but we do believe in the axiom that a penny saved is a penny earned, especially in these tighter economic times. We're sure many of you keep coin jars, but we'd love to hear (or see, if you email us a photo) about where you keep your micro savings. Jar or bottle like us? Something more stylish? In a loose in a drawer? Or even as decoration?
So we were looking for a local Coinstar machine to empty out our collection (sans the $2 bills we like to keep) and discovered an interesting new option for those of us who like to pretend we're in Vegas, but are just cashing in on our coins: Coinstar now offers a full total amount at certain locations if you choose their eCertificate program. So no service fee and a gift certificate to Amazon.com, Circuit City, DisneyShopping.com, Eddie Bauer, Apple iTunes, JCPenney eCertificate and Lowe's. Not bad, huh?