America’s banks periodically issue a call for pennies to be returned and redeemed for larger coins or bills. Apparently so many of these copper cent pieces are lost, misplaced, or saved in a variety of ways that banks often come up short when making change.
If you take a close look at your everyday whereabouts, chances are you will be able to find a horde of coins that can become your private treasure chest. Remember to check the oddest nooks and crannies you can think of, and collect them in a piggy bank of any type to watch your savings grow.
Follow these simple steps
- Empty your purse and pockets. Consumers frequently dump change from cash bills into the folds of the wallets or the depths of their purses. Sometimes they will dig for this lost treasure when the need for parking change or a pizza delivery tip is needed, but often the change remains hidden for months or even years. Go through your personal stash of key items and remove all coins for saving in a household container. You may be surprised how quickly they will add up if you do this on a weekly basis.
- Check the furniture and appliances. Lift sofa and chair seats, area rugs, laundry baskets, cupboard drawers, and clothes stuffed into closets. When the sink drain is clogged, it’s possible a coin or two will prove the culprit. Examine the tops of dressers or bureaus, desk drawers, and closet floors. Don’t forget the boxes of stored odds and ends in the basement. Chances are these nooks and crannies will render a few dollars or more.
- Hit the pavement. As you walk along the sidewalk, cross a parking lot, or cruise the mall, glance frequently at the ground for lost coinage. Of course, if you see someone drop it, let the person know and return the coins. But if it appears to belong forgotten, take it up for your collection. Oft-visited areas like schools, churches, stores, and gas stations are typically known to be the source of lost dollars and cents.
- Clean out the cars. Check the ashtray, glove compartment, and side pockets. Look under floor mats, in the trunk, and between or under seats. There are numerous places for a small dime or quarter to hide, so be ruthless in your quest to find and claim your prize in silver or gold.
- Don’t forget the toy box. While you can’t take the kids’ money, at least help them gather and care for it. Empty the toy container and sort through its contents. Chances are there may be coins from savings folders, toy cash registers, gumball machines, or dress-up purses or clothes. Teach kids to be responsible for their cash by showing how much can be lost, and then found, by responsible searchers.
These are just some of the places where you might find lost cash. Coins are so small and seemingly insignificant that we sometimes misplace them or fail to search when they’re dropped. Keep your eyes open to find this invisible supply of easy money.