I had a thing full of change that was just bothering me (mostly because we got to a point of stealing money out of it). So brought it up to my neighborhood Stop & Shop to cash it in at Coinstar.
Wow! Look at all that majestic coinage!
This is really fun for the 5 year-old to do.
And before long, I had $28.10 in an Amazon gift certificate at my disposal.
Coinstar is great if you have a change jar. If you opt to get a gift card to one of their many partner retailers, there is no fee. If you opt to get cash, you get slapped with a 9.8% fee. Ouch. Since I do a lot of our Christmas shopping on Amazon, I usually go that route.
So now I have a $28 credit in my Amazon account that will come in handy at Christmas time. Not great, but every little bit helps.
The first time I cashed in my kids' piggy banks, my oldest son had over $200 in it! You never know what is lurking in those change jars and/or piggy banks - so if you're looking for some extra cash this holiday season, you might have some lurking in your own house.