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My Found Money Blog

Updated on November 16, 2014

I Blog About the Money I Find

I have a blog called Found Money in the Street. I was going to call it just Found Money, but I use blogger and that name was already taken.

The "in the street" part of the name is not really accurate most of the time. More times than not I find money on the floor of a store, but I digress.

I got the idea to track the money I find from a bicycle cop that I know. In the 18 months he was a bike cop and rode around 8 hours a day on city streets, he found more than $100. I knew I couldn't match that, but I wanted to see how much money I found.

I've been tracking the coins (and bills!) I pick up since January 1, 2010. This photo shows the jar where I keep the loot! Pretty soon I'm going to have to use a bigger jar! And that's a good thing.

Note: I did have to swap that jar for a bigger jar. Yay! That means I've been finding more money! And a further update: I'm on my third jar. Each one gets larger than the last. I love finding coins and bills!

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

Do you pick up money when you spot it?

One of the two dollar bills I've found.
One of the two dollar bills I've found.

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Supplies for Finding Money - Or for dealing with money after you find it!

My found money is all still in a jar where it will stay till I decide what to do with it. But you can spend yours! Here are some ways to store it till you're ready to spend it.

Anchor Hocking 1-Gallon Heritage Hill Jar
Anchor Hocking 1-Gallon Heritage Hill Jar

Everyone needs a found money jar!

 
The Coin-Tainer Company Preformed Coin Wrappers, Assorted, 48 Count Bag (60260-68739)
The Coin-Tainer Company Preformed Coin Wrappers, Assorted, 48 Count Bag (60260-68739)

These coin wrappers will come in handy for rolling all those coins to take to the bank.

 
Large 3.5" Magnifying Glass 3X Optics
Large 3.5" Magnifying Glass 3X Optics

Be a sleuth. Find those coins easily!

 
I found this nickel May 20, 2012, the day I wrote this article.
I found this nickel May 20, 2012, the day I wrote this article.

My Found Money Blog

Found Money in the Street

Like I said earlier, my blog is called Found Money in the Street. I add an entry each time I find a coin or a bill.

Yes, it can get tedious but I sometimes wait till the end of the day if I find a coin early in the day and will be heading out again so I can combine the found money into one entry. Sometimes I'm reckless and record each one each time. I can do that.

My found money blog has no rules.

I found the nickel today, May 20, 2012, the day I started writing this article. I also found a penny later in the day at the grocery store. Yep, I have two entries for today in my found money blog.

I posed the nickel beside some lovely vintage ribbon I listed in my Etsy shop. I like to make my money work for me. (wink wink)

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

2010 FOUND MONEY

The first year I starting tracking

the money I find, I found $10.68.

I sometimes take a photo of my found money next to whatever I'm watching, reading, working on at the time.
I sometimes take a photo of my found money next to whatever I'm watching, reading, working on at the time.

Tracking My Found Money

How I Structure My Found Money Blog

The best way to see how I track my found money is to visit my blog, but I'll show you briefly here.

I write a headline, then a brief (or not so brief) description of where I found the money and what I was doing when I found it (taking a walk, getting groceries, taking out the trash--yes, I lead a glamorous life!).

I try to add a photo of the coins. In situ is best but sometimes I don't have my camera with me so I pose them at home with some object like the Midsomer Murder DVD I was watching around the time of the found pennies shown with it. Then I give the salient information about that specific found money in this format:

This Found Money Facts:

Denomination: 1 penny

Year: 2003

U.S. Mint: D

Condition: fair to middlin'

Total Found Money to Date for 2012: $5.94

This is the information for May 20, 2012. As you can see, so far this year (at the time I wrote this information), I've found $5.94. That is a full dollar more than I found in all of 2011. I think the economy is improving!

I also list my found money stats in the upper right corner of my blog. I have the totals for 2010 and 2011 and how much I've found in 2012 so far. Then I list each and every time I find money beneath that.

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2011 FOUND MONEY

The second year that I tracked

the coins I spotted, I only found $4.91.

The Greatest Amount of Found Money I Found in 2013 - A Five Dollar Bill at the Grocery Store

On October 11, 2012, I found a five dollar bill!
On October 11, 2012, I found a five dollar bill!

On October 11, 2012, I found $5 at Fry's grocery store! I was so thrilled. It was just lying on the floor in an aisle. No one was around. I looked. So, I picked it up!

I brought it home and Scarlett enjoyed posing by it and some Peter Piper Pizza coupons I also found that day. To read about this found money, check out my October 11, 2012 blog entry.

Money I Found in 2012

The third year I tracked the money

I found, I found $15.50.

This was my best year yet!

Metal Detector Perfect for Kids - It's the right size!

I bought this metal detector shown here for my grandson. When we go to parks, and he remembers to bring the metal detector, we have fun checking out the sandy playground area and around picnic tables and benches.

He's never struck it big yet but has found several coins: a dime and several pennies (and maybe more; those are just the ones I was there to see).

Basically, any place where people go is a prime spot for metal detecting. So far, he's found coins and a bunch of other "treasures"!

Metal detectors will locate metal underground. You can set some of the more sophisticated detectors so you don't find "junk" metal like aluminum. That way you can devote your time and can concentrate on digging up coins!

Bottle caps I've found with my magnet while looking for money.
Bottle caps I've found with my magnet while looking for money.

Take a Walk and Look for Money

I Find Money More Times Than Not When Out Walking

When I take walks, I like to walk down alleys looking for junk using my magnet. I won't even bother putting that word (junk) in quotes, because that's exactly what I find with my magnet. Junk.

Magnets attract ferrous (iron) objects. Therefore, they do not pick up coins except for 1943 pennies. These pennies made during World War II contain some iron!

Depending on the neighborhood, I find bottle caps, nails and screws (lots of nails and screws!), tin cans, furniture hardware, rebar, tent stakes, computer parts, lighters, ink pen springs, just about anything that gets throw away that contains iron and my magnet comes in contact with. It is a treasure hunt!

And in alleys where the garbage truck goes I think a lot of the little stuff falls out of the truck or garbage cans when the garbage men dump the contents of cans into the truck's hopper.

And more times than not, I find coins. Granted the magnet does not pick them up, but I stare at the ground almost the whole time and I spot coins.

Around garbage cans is a popular place to find coins. Here's why: Frank takes out the trash, fishes in his pocket for a whatever--handkerchief, piece of gum, lighter, I don't know what--and out comes a penny or two. Or sometimes a quarter or a bunch of coins. And other times there's nothing.

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

Some metal I found with my magnet and some coins I found with my eyes.
Some metal I found with my magnet and some coins I found with my eyes.

Finding Money Is Good Exercise

My long-handled magnet gets me off the couch and makes taking a walk fun, and it's a lot more fun to me than just walking on a treadmill. If I lived near a beach, I'd be the crazy old lady in the wide-brimmed hat hunched over my metal detector. Don't you doubt that for a second.

Check out some of my other articles I've written where I've used the junk I've found to make crafts.

When I take walks, sometimes I take along my long-handled magnet. I find all sorts of junk with it.

Since coins don't have iron in them (except 1943 pennies made during World War II), my magnet won't pick them up. But I stare at the ground and many times I find coins that people have dropped. I just love walking with my magnet. It's truly like a treasure hunt!

2013 FOUND MONEY

I found $32.52 in 2013.

That's my highest found money total for one year so far.

My Single Highest Amount of Found Money in One Day for 2013

My Single Highest Amount of Found Money in One Day for 2013
My Single Highest Amount of Found Money in One Day for 2013

What's the Largest Denomination of Money You've Ever Found?

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2014 Found Money

My latest found money in 2014 was on November 15.

I found $1.09!

My total is more than $38 for 2014!!

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Money in the Mail - But It's Not Found Money

Two dollars in the mail. Not found money however.
Two dollars in the mail. Not found money however.

Yesterday in the mail I had what looked like two pieces of junk mail. When I opened this envelope (shown in the photo), these two crisp new dollar bills were inside!

This isn't found money that I can count, but I did blog about this money on my blog.

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

Will you start picking up money now?

I found these four pennies on July 7, 2012. I ate these two gummy bears minutes after this photo was taken.
I found these four pennies on July 7, 2012. I ate these two gummy bears minutes after this photo was taken.

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This author, Peggy Hazelwood, participates in Amazon, eBay, All Posters, and other affiliate advertising programs. When you click an advertising link on this page and make a purchase, I receive a small percent of the sale. Thank you for reading this far!

Let me know you dropped by to see my found money. - Wouldn't this pile of money and silver bars be quite the find?

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      I guess I should start looking a little harder, thanks for a nice read, most of the money I find is in a jacket or pants pocket that I haven't worn for a while :)

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      Susanna Duffy 4 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I once found $50 in a park, and that was by accident, as I had bent down to retie a lace on my walking boots.Also, many years ago, I lived near an hotel with a bus stop out the front, a good place to pick up lots of coins which had been dropped under that seat

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I think I need to look down more. I haven't found a dime. Fun lens.

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      Frischy 4 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      I keep a small piggy bank in my laundry area and add to it any money I find while washing clothes. Another in the family room corrals any we might drop in there. I just save it up and don't spend it. I don't have a special place to keep money found in public areas. I should probably start one!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @kathryn-gillespie: Woo hoo! $5 is great! I found a 5 dollar bill last year. No bills yet this year but I'm hoping!

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      kathryn-gillespie 4 years ago

      Any money that I find I put in a jar. I don't keep track of how much I find though. I have been keeping it for several years now. The most I have found is a 5 dollar bill in a grocery store parking lot. What a windfall that was! :)

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      Angela F 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Looks like you're on track to beat your 2012 found money total. hope there's at least one $20 bill in your future ;)

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 4 years ago from Templeton, CA

      My kids used to check the coin drops in every phone booth and vending machine they passed.I think their birth mother must have trained them to do it. I never did. They often hit pay dirt.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @anonymous: Woo hoo! I'd be tickled pink to find that much, especially all in one day! Good for you.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I find money a lot though I have never tracked it. The largest amount I have ever found was when I was a FedEx deliverer, a total of $220.00. Two hundreds and a twenty, my lucky day!

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      Aibrean82 4 years ago

      I will definitely start looking for money. I have a glass jar that I put money in that I find accidentally (in the money slot of supermarket trolleys is a good place for them, for example). I only have a little money in there, but I think if I really start looking I will find more :)

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      Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @Frischy: That was nice of you! I look at each coin or bill I find as a treasure!

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      Frischy 4 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      Yesterday I went to Golden Corral with my friend and her son. When I came back to the table from the buffet, I spotted a penny on the floor behind my young companion's chair. I picked it up and gave it to him. I think he may have passed it along to the waitress, but I'm not sure what happened to it ultimately.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @MiaMusement: What a great goal to try to reach. Love it!

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      MiaMusement 5 years ago

      You're having a good year... and it's not over yet! Here's hoping you have a good last couple of weeks and end up at $20.12! ;-)

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @EMangl: It's really fun to keep track of it! Just give her an empty jar and watch it fill up!

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      EMangl 5 years ago

      my daughter has eagle eyes, will suggest now to her to save all the found money :-)

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      kathryn-gillespie 5 years ago

      Thanks to you, I also constantly look to the ground in case money is there waiting for me to just pick it up! :)

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      Tiffany3 5 years ago

      Very cool idea and lens!

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      Cushk 5 years ago

      This is a really cool idea! I love it. :)

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      John Dyhouse 5 years ago from UK

      I never seem to find money, maybe I don't look out for it; I will have to start to be careful

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      Wednesday-Elf 5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Stopping back by to say I'm glad you are still 'tracking'. After reading this page in June, I continued to find money (I always pick it up...LOL) and for awhile I wrote down the pertinent details. Then the Summer got really busy and I stopped. But since I keep finding coins everywhere, you've inspired me to start tracking again. It's fun. I like the interesting way you do your tracking on your blog.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @gradientcat: Sure, why not! Congratulations!

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      LisaDH 5 years ago

      Fun idea!

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      gradientcat 5 years ago

      Does it count if you find it in your car? I found $1 behind one of the car seats!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @Wednesday-Elf: I have found that trail of coins, too. It is so fun!!

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      justDawn1 5 years ago

      I've always picked up "found money". I remember when I was a kid my Grandmother found (& picked up) money...all the time! :) Very unique lens! I like it! :)

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      Wednesday-Elf 5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I've ALWAYS picked up 'found money', and I seem to find it frequently. Usually it's only a penny here, a penny there, but have found larger coins too. The most interesting 'find' was last week. I moved into a new apt. complex and they have a large trash compacter for the residents' trash. I walked over with my 'bag of trash' and as I was walking back down the drive I found a nickel, then a penny, then a few steps later another penny and a dime..... altogether, I found 22 cents. Someone must have had a hole in their pocket and as they walked the coins fell out, as the coins were spaced out through several feet of drive all in a row along the curb. I never thought about looking at the coin(s) to see the date minted and condition; just casually dump them in my coin dish. Now I will track them as your story is so interesting.

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      goldenrulecomics 5 years ago

      I've done this all my life. It really amuses my wife...

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      Winter52 LM 5 years ago

      Love the idea... did it years ago with the kids when they were little to get them to go for walks with me. You would be amazed how much you can find. Just might do it again this summer just for the fun of it!

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      @Virginia Allain: Whoohoo, hubby spotted a quarter in the Sam's Club parking lot yesterday. He was too dignified to pick it up, so I grabbed it.

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      BarbaraCasey 5 years ago

      Steve Pavlina has a great post on his blog about teaching his daughters to "find" money as they're walking the streets of Las Vegas (where they live). My son has found twenty dollar bills just lying there, with no people in sight. It's a neat way of attracting and allowing bigger windfalls to arrive. Very cool lens. Blessings.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @gottaloveit2: You guys rock! I wish I found that kind of money!! You're an inspiration, for sure!

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      I love your found money blog! John and I just found another $20 in a fold out sofa in a hotel room (we'd found $200 in the same type of sofa on a cruise).

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      ThePerfectPresent 5 years ago

      Unusual idea and fun article! I admit I rarely pick up pennies, but pretty much anything else.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm going to start putting money I find in its own container and see how much I collect each year. Thanks for the idea, and I will definitely check out your blog.

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      poodle6 5 years ago

      Enjoy the lens, because I have ben finding pennies and a few niclkles, dimes and quater most days I am out for about 2 years, and so far I ave about $4.00. Thx. P.S, please send me a link to your blogspot.

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      kimbesa 5 years ago from USA

      This is a really cool idea...thanks! I think the most I ever found once was $20. Tried to find who might have dropped it in the store, but no one said they lost some. That was years ago, but it would be fun to write down where, when and how much, and to photograph it along with some interesting things.

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      marsha32 5 years ago

      I haven't been to your blog for awhile now, need to visit again. I was keeping track of found money but slacked off the past couple of months :(

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @bossypants: Yes, that was a good place to look!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @Frischy: Oh man, I would have hated that!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @Snakesmom: That sounds like a great place!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @Ramkitten2000: Oh lucky you! $100!!! Before I started tracking my found money, I found a $20 bill but only 2 $1s since I've tracked it.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @Ruthi: Thanks for visiting my blog! I'm sorry I messed up the blog hog. I don't do that am not sure how to!????

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @CCGAL: It's fun to track found money, I think!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @SarahHappens: Thanks! It really is easy to spot money if you're looking for it!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @Virginia Allain: Great idea! I check the change slots at the grocery stores and often find coins there.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @Joan Haines: I've found $5.94 so far this year (2012).

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      bossypants 5 years ago from America's Dairyland

      As kids, I remember we always checked the change slot on public coin phones. Not many of those around any more!

      Love your blog and this lens!

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      Frischy 5 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      One time I was lifting my tired toddler out of a shopping cart when she was having a meltdown. I had to fish my keys out of my pocket to unlock the car & a five dollar bill fell out at the same time. I had 30 lbs of struggling three year old in my arms & could not retrieve it. I figured I would go back & pick it up after I got her in her carseat. Of course, she did not go cooperatively, so it took a while. While I was trying to get her calmed & buckled in, along comes a couple. The lady rushes over & grabs my five dollar bill off the ground & squeals with delight. I had to make a choice between my baby and my cash. I sure hope that lady spent that five bucks she found on something good!

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      Joan Haines 5 years ago

      Was the $5.94 for one year? Or for all three combined?

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I think you should have some guest bloggers. Have them send you the money they found and a description and photo.

      My sister regularly finds coins at the coin-operated car wash. The place to look is in the change slot and also on the ground around that. She stops by there whenever she walks her dog.

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      I find coins sometimes when I am out and coming to or from the car in a shopping parking lot. The most I have ever found on the ground while walking around near my house was a dollar bill and I felt pretty lucky, maybe not so much for the person who dropped it. LOL

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      Snakesmom 5 years ago

      Loe this lens! I always look for pennies when walking into the gas stations for some reason there is always money on the ground. Fun!

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      SarahHappens 5 years ago

      I love this! My friend and I used to have a 'competition' for who could find the most money in a month. The thing is, once you start consciously looking, you just keep finding coins and cash all over the place. Sure, it may not be a huge amount, but it's still fun to put it in a jar and track it. I'm off to follow your blog now. (And RedGage and Pinterest too) Cheers!

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      Deb Kingsbury 5 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      I wonder if you'll get emails from people, saying, "Hey! That's MY penny! That's exactly where I dropped it." Well ... maybe not for coins, but if it were a $100 bill, maybe... Anyhoo, that's a really cool idea. I once found a $20 bill while walking my dog and, when I was a kid, a $100 bill floated right up to me as I was standing up to my waist in water in Narragansett Bay. I must admit, I didn't start asking around, "Is this yours?" Oh, the guilt.

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      Ruthi 5 years ago

      I will be visiting your Found Money in the Street blog soon. This is a great idea to track money findings. You have my blessings and a bit o' sunshine!

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      CCGAL 5 years ago

      It amazes me that people won't bend over to pick up found money. I never thought about tracking it, but that's a nifty idea. I will pick up pennies any time I see them. Maybe now I will start writing them down.

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      cynthiannleighton 5 years ago

      Nice lens! My niece found a whole lot of money recently. She was able to figure out who lost it - they were so happy to get all the stuff back they gave her $20. She's good at saving up for what she wants so it's in her bank now.