Friday, August 17, 2012

Loose Change

I was inspired by Amanda's post last week about cashing out the money in your change jar, so I convinced Matt we should combine our jars and plastic bags of loose change and take them down to Coinstar. I figured we could do something fun with the cash, and we'd decide what that was when we figured out how much we had.

Matt wasn't thrilled that there was a service charge to use Coinstar, so before we left the house we separated out all our quarters. He figured he could always use them at the carwash or something. Besides, there was a church rummage sale a couple days later, and I used the quarters to buy a lot of baked goods and a few books and these pictures that match my living room perfectly.)

Not bad for $6.50 in quarters!

But anyway, we took our pennies and nickels and dimes down to HEB. We started looking through the options on the Coinstar machine when we saw that we could get a gift card without having to pay any kind of service charge. And well, you can see where that went. We're really cheap. We like not paying service charges. Now we have a Starbucks card for almost $25. You can also get gift cards for several other brands, like Gap/Old Navy/Piperlime, Lowe's and iTunes, but we decided to go for one we could both enjoy.

I'm not a big coffee drinker, but I do like to go down to Starbucks for a cup of water and a brownie when I'm having problems focusing on my work. And I do enjoy their raspberry green tea frappuccinos too. (They're not on the menu, and they are delicious. Matt thinks they're horrible, and he is wrong.) So for our date night earlier this week, we grabbed a couple of books and headed down to Starbucks for some yummy drinks and reading time.

I'm glad we finally did something with all our coins!

What is your favorite drink at Starbucks?

6 comments

  1. Hmmm...the new Lime Chiller. I don't really know what is in it, but it has a minty, lime-y, deliciousness!

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    1. You inspired me to try one today. So good!

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  2. I've heard that is good!! My standard two are a tall Blonde Roast (the only drip coffee I truly like from Starbucks) and a tall or grande iced coffee with half and half with ONE pump of sweetener (any more is too much!) Not both at the same time though :)

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  3. So fun - glad you were able to get something exciting with your change! I love that you don't have to pay for the gift cards - they have some good choices, too!

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  4. I would probably be right there with you on opting for a gift card to not pay the service charge, that's nice that they have that option!

    I don't drink coffee, so it was always fun meeting wedding vendors at Starbucks and usually ordering a hot chocolate or strawberries & creme. I see they have some nice drinks for the summer too.

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    1. Ooh I always forget about the strawberries and creme frappuccino. I should get one soon, they're so yummy!

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