Change Your Life With Loose Change
Loose change can be found everywhere, and like a scrapper who trolls for junk on the side of the road, you can comb stores, walkways, parks, old furniture and purses, and anywhere else to make additional income with little more than walking around, which hey! That’s both healthy and a bonus. Here’s some of the best places I’ve found for scouring for loose change. Bonus Advice: first cultivate the habit of picking up loose change whenever you see it, no matter how big or small the denomination.
- Retail. I’ve found hundreds of dollars of lost bills and change in retail stores. Any time you are out you should be on the lookout for change. Make it a habit to comb every aisle and register, even if you don’t find change, the extra steps are an added bonus to your health.
- The Busiest Sidewalks. The busier the better. Park somewhere in the city and go for a long walk, or go to the huge factory outlets and mini-malls, park, then walk a very long multi-mile circuit. Listen to podcasts while on your long walk. Also, by scouting out and walking sidewalks you should keep an eye on any laundromats in the area so you can do a quick walkthrough for that sweet, easy change.
- Secondhand stores and Goodwill bins. The Goodwill bins may be regional to me, but this is a place where donated goods go before they die. At my local bins groups of immigrants will hang out all day long and raid the purses every time the bins are changed over. They find enough money (tax free!) to keep them coming back.
Final notes. Make sure you have a small but strong bag to put change in. A purse is usually good enough. Or a fanny-pack if you are a man. Look, you’re out walking and collecting change, not trying to be attractive. If you’re out and about you may as well bring a garbage bag with you and collect cans and bottles for bonus change. You will feel like a bum, but you are also doing your community a big service. You are also helpfully bringing coins back into circulation. You shouldn’t be performing these tasks all the time, like every day, because you aren’t going to make a living out of collecting loose change, but you can find enough to buy your snacks and drinks at work, or if you’re especially frugal, keep a jar at home you throw the change into and use that savings for a special thing you want. Simply develop the habit of pocketing any change you see. You eventually develop a knack for seeing the shiny things.