Published on November 17, 2005, by

One Stinking PennyI’m a big fan of those Coinstar coin-counting machines you find in most grocery stores, but it always seemed like a raw deal having to give them nearly 9% of my money just to count it. Maybe I was a bit lazy giving up that big a cut when I could have rolled the coins myself and taken them to a bank. But I dump my fishbowl of loose change into the hopper without guilt now that you can get your money back as a gift certificate for Amazon or Starbucks — and at 100% of the value of your change with no fees. It’s a great system, especially since now you can take your gift certificate and go instead of standing in line at the checkout to get your receipt exchanged for cash.