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Nov 24, 2014

Making the Most of Your Holiday Season With Coinstar #giveaway @coinstar {ends 12/16}

I was compensated for this promotional post.  All opinions are genuine and my own, based on my personal experience with this product.  Your experience may differ. 


Chances are you have seen the green Coinstar machines at your local grocery store or other places.  I personally have known about this service for years, but have always shied away from trying them because of the fee involved.  Let me stop right here and tell you that you can use this machine and get 100% of your coins in gift certificates to your favorite stores or restaurants.  

It's so easy, check it out: 


Step one: find a Coinstar machine near you.


Step two: what are doing with these coins?  You can get cash back (10.9% service fee applies), get 100% of your coin in the form of a Gift Card or Donate to Charity. Some kiosks even allow you to pay bills with your PayPal account (9.8% fee applies).



Step three: insert your coins and watch the magic.



 Step four: collect your rejected coins and receipt and enjoy!


Look at that, I had just over $52 in coins collecting in our coin jar.  This will cover dinner with my family at Red Robin and we will have some left over for a second visit.


The paper receipt will work just like a gift certificate in the store.  Just present the receipt at check out.  It's so easy.

You can even use your Gift Card as a holiday gift for a family member or friend.

Based on this experience, I will be using this service again in the future.  I found it to be a convenient way to trade in my coins for a usable form of currency.  I highly recommend Coinstar.

More tips for getting the most of your money: 

  • Control it with cash. The need to get holiday spending under control might explain why 50 percent of holiday gift givers usually pay for most or all of their presents with cash. 
  • Coins are money, too. While 85 percent of Americans report that they have spare change lying around, 86 percent of survey respondents would not feel comfortable buying holiday gifts with just coins. 
  • Gift card collectors. More than half (58 percent) of Americans are holding at least one gift card and many of these gift cards might be lying around for some time before they get used. In fact, 48 percent of Americans admit that when they receive gift cards they wait to use them or never use them at all. 
  • Money going to waste. Many people look for ways to ensure that they can get gifts for everyone on their list, but only 12 percent sell gift cards to help stretch their budget. That still leaves a lot of money – more than $1 billion in gift cards goes unredeemed annually – that could be used to bolster holiday budgets.


What are you going to do with your extra coins this holiday season?  

The great people at Coinstar have given me a $50 gift certificate to award to one lucky fan.  Enter below for your chance to win.  

Metro Detroit Mommy Blogger:

37 comments :

  1. I collect my spare change in a can and when it gets full I go to the coin star machine at Kroger. I split the money in half, one half goes to a charity of my families choosing and the other half is used for extra fun for our family. Could be a movie, laser tag, or whatever sound like fun at the time.

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  2. We actually collect coins for our kids' college funds. They LOVE putting it in their piggy banks every so often :) It definitely adds up!

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  3. We mostly just keep it in a jar- we should probably do something more useful with it!

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    1. Most of the coins we used from this trip were from our coin jar...

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  4. I wish I could say we were going to cash them in for Christmas, but we're kind of skipping gifts for the time being. All coins are cashed in for diapers. (Whee, right?)

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  5. I collect coins all year and then use them to buy Christmas gifts

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  6. Spare coins???? what are those ??? LOL j/k I put loose change in a piggy bank and once they are full we take them to the bank and put them in DJ's saving account

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  7. We save change and use it for vacation time.

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  8. I would get the Sears GC. Very useful! Thanks for the chance.

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  9. I would like to choose the Amazon card or maybe gamestop for my son. We cash our coins in about every other month when I need to pay a bill. I try to save but bills have to be paid :(

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  10. I would choose Applebee's or Game stop.

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  11. I always give my coins to my son for his piggy bank

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  12. We put all our coins in my sons piggy bank too. He loves doing 'chores' and earning money to put in his bank!

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  13. I would get the Build a Bear gift card.

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  14. when i have enough i will bring them to coinstar

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  15. save them and roll them. It's a good math lesson.

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  16. We save our coins for our yearly family vacation. This year is Disney World so any extra money saved helps

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  17. We save our coins for our children, to help teach them to manage money. As a part of that, they can use their savings for the holidays to buy gifts.

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  18. I will take mine to CoinStar. I love using it and it's very convenient to me.

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  19. I have no spare coins as we adopt an additional family for the holiday season.

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  20. We save our coins in a jar and eventually deposit them into the bank.

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  21. I am saving them in a large plastic bottle and will cash them in once they accumulate.

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  22. We save them in a 4lb old animal cracker container and then would cash it in at Coinstar to put towards stuff we need at the time.

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  23. I give all our change to my daughter, who takes it to coinstar. She uses what she gets from that to buy toys.

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  24. Now that you've reminded me, I'll take them to the grocery store next time and get iTunes for some music.
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

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  25. I would either get a Home Depot or Forever 21 Gift Card!

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  26. put it toward my vacation for next year !

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  27. We save our coins in a jar and eventually deposit them into the bank

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  28. I would choose an AMC gift card!
    vikki.billings@yahoo.com

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  29. Will take my loose change to coinstar!

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  30. I save my loose change until I have enough for a gift card.
    timothyj228@gmail.com

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  31. We usually save them up and use them for extra spending cash when we go on vacation.

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