I waited a little longer than usual to count my found money. For those unfamiliar with the concept: All year long I pick up coins from lots of places: stores, sidewalks, parks, the return bins of Coinstar machines.
Usually I add up my found money around Thanksgiving, then add some more and donate it to the Food Bank of Alaska. This year I decided that the holidays are when people most like to donate to food banks, so why not wait a while?
Here’s what I found this year:
One $20 bill
I’ll round up that $27.70 total to $40.
Found money, NYC-style
While in New Jersey for my dad’s 80th birthday party, I made a side trip to New York. During my very pleasant stroll along the High Line, I found the $20 bill in the middle of the path. Best found money ever!
Much of the rest came from the sources noted earlier. The most productive is the Coinstar machine, aka “that place you like.” DF calls it that, and he’s most indulgent about waiting for me to check it.
Then again, he also picks up coins he sees and adds them to the cause. DF is at least as frugal as I am, and he’s the kind of guy who regularly donates to charity.
I’m not going to hand the money over just yet, though. That’s because I’m hoping someone will put up a donation match. If an individual or a company wants to pony up $40 to add to mine, then that’s when I’ll write the check.
Readers: Do you pick up found money, too? If so, what do you do with it?