11 ways to find money

My kids get a kick out of finding coins on the street and saving money. I’d say we easily find $1+ each week in coins on the street. If you are looking for loose change, here are 11 ways to find it.

Within the home:
1.) Between lounge cushions
Pull out all your lounge cushions to check under and between them for loose change. Often we sit down and money slips out of our pockets into the abyss that is our lounge.

2.) In clothing
Check every pocket of every item of clothing you own. It’s not uncommon for me to find money in the washing machine (I don’t check my family’s pockets), or to find a note in a jacket the next time I wear it. Check your clothes.

3.) Under furniture
Go on a hunt under beds, lounges, desks and appliances like your fridge. Once, when I was a teenager I moved my stereo and found $70. It had been missing for over a month, I thought I had lost it then there it was. Maybe if I kept my desk clean back then it wouldn’t have been pushed under the desk by all the other junk on it?

4.) Purses or bags
Go through every pocket and section of every wallet, purse and bag you own. Check the lining for holes and see if any money has slipped through to get stuck between the outer layer of the bag and the lining.

5.) Key tray
If you have somewhere you throw your keys such as a key tray, chances are coins have been thrown in at some point too.

6.) Clean out your carĀ 
Every time I clean my car I find coins. In my house, if I am doing the cleaning and I find the money, I keep the money (unless it’s a large amount or I know exactly who it belongs to.) Currently, this money is going in a little jar in my bedside table drawer for a holiday for the family.

As a kid, my parents once said I could keep any money I found from cleaning out the car. In our Tarago we had a mini fridge between the front seats. It had stuff spilled in it and needed a good clean. When I lifted the bottom tray, underneath were coins that had slipped to the bottom. All up I had over $10, which for a kid in the 90s felt like $100! Clean your car!

Outside the home:
7.) Footpaths and gutters
Most of the coins we find are on the footpath and in the gutter. It’s simply a matter of keeping an eye out for them. When I spot the money if it is over $2, it gets split between my kids. If it is under $2 they take it in turns to be the one who gets the money. They always ask me to transfer the money straight to their bank account anyway. 5c pieces and $2 coins have been the most common coins we’ve found.

8.) Payphones
Yes, they still exist! Although, they are rarely used now and harder to find. Check the returned coin slot, plus around the phone box. I remember as a kid one of our friends was checking every phone box we saw. She was so focused on the coin slot, she didn’t realise she stepped on money on the ground. Look everywhere!

9.) Vending machines
Like payphones, check the change slot, but also look underneath and on top of the machines for coins. Locations such as these people are likely to drop the money and sometimes people put things on top of machines while they get everything sorted and forget to grab it all.

10.) Checkouts
Many people drop money around checkouts. If you look on the ground or nearby you’ll often find coins. In general, if I see coins here I give them to the cashier. I’d hate their register to be short and during busy times if money gets dropped, they often take the change out of the register and will look for the dropped change later. In fast food places, staff are made to go out to the drive through and pick up any coins too.

11.) Metal detecting
I have never done this, but it looks like fun. You mostly turn up bottle caps and there is the initial outlay of the metal detector first, but it can be a family hobby, metal detecting at the beach or park.

Where do you find loose change?

Side note: if you find a large amount of money, hand it into the police.

You might also like the free PDF 51 Ways To Make Money.

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