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What to do with spare change

Do you have a bunch of change all over your house and car that you keep thinking you’ll roll up and take to the bank, give to charity, or cash in at a grocery store coin machine? I did, so finally this morning I threw it all in a jar and took it over to my local Food City to toss in the a href=”http://www.coinstar.com/us/html/a-home”Coinstar machine./a Those machines take about 11 cents out of every dollar which is a bit steep but better than spending time rolling it up (unless you have an eager kid who likes to do it but the excitement wears thin in no time). Anyway, I was happy to see that I could choose the a href=”http://www.coinstar.com/us/WebDocs/A1-0-3-1″option of an eCertificate/a span style=”font-style:italic;”with free coin counting/span to Amazon.com, Starbucks, iTunes or Circuit City. br /br /I chose an eCertificate to a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8location=http%3A%2F%2Famazon.com%2Ftag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=ur2camp=1789creative=9325″Amazon.com,/a came home and a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00015VKT4?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=B00015VKT4″ ordered a pair of earrings/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=B00015VKT4″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”” style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / (I lost mine on my recent trip to NYC) with some of the money and it was so easy, even those who are computer illiterate could do it. I plugged in the redemption code where it asked for the gift certificate number and voila! my earrings were paid for and it was incredibly simple. So if you have spare change, this is a great way to clean up the mess in your house and also reward yourself with something fun or something you need. The machines also let you donate the money to charity if you are so inclined. And with Christmas shopping coming up around the corner, these eCertificates are a painless way (depending on how big a change jar you have) to pay for gifts and shop online all without the hassle of setting foot in a store.