Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Free Gift Cards!

I am slammed with work, and I'm sorry about the spotty posting this last week! Tomorrow I'll share more Erin's amazing art collection and a cute project is on deck for Friday!

We are always looking for little ways to save money. One thing we do is save our change. We have a couple of different coin collectors; I talked about the white vase in the living room in my post on organization. There's also a Mason Jar in the bedroom and a small cup in the car.

For a long time we'd save our change for awhile (or until the vase was full), spend an evening rolling it, and then take it to the bank. Recently we discovered a better option!

Coinstar! They've been around forever. But I've always avoided them because I didn't want to pay the 10% charge. Then I learned Coinstar doesn't charge a fee if you get giftcards instead of cash.

I tried it out Monday. Just in our little vase we had right at forty dollars. I chose a Amazon gift card, and then ordered stuff we needed, like Emily's flea medicine and my favorite dish soap.

So, maybe everyone in the world already knows this, but I think this could be a great way to get "free" gift cards! (BTW, I have no relationship with Coinstar and just thought this was a great tip!)

What other little tips and tricks do y'all use to save money?


  1. That is good to know! I've avoided it for the same reason.

  2. We did this once before once we learned you can get gift cards without paying a fee. It's great!

  3. I don't like the 8% fee, but I'll use Coinstar if I really need cash. When I get up enough change again, I'll check out the gift card option. Great tip!


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