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Where Can I Get Free cash Money Today?

Updated on June 11, 2013

How to get your hands on some free cash

If I walked up to you on the street and handed you $10, you would probably give me a funny look, take the money and walk away thinking to yourself "What an idiot that guy was but hey I'm $10 better off than I was 5 minutes ago".

If i was to stand on top of an office building scattering money from my holdall there would be a massive rush of people clamouring around trying to get their share of the bounty it would be mayhem all around.

These type of things don't happen every day and certainly not to me and I would bet that it doesn't happen to you either even if you are the luckiest person alive.

Money is in short supply these days and getting a little extra now and again makes a big difference, no one has the cash to throw from roofs and no one wanders around handing out $10 bills at random in the street.

With That said though I promise you that there is a lot of real cash to be had for no effort at all if you know where to look, it is so easy, even my children have become experts at finding it.

Penny on The Sidewalk

See a penny, pick it up, all that day you'll have good luck
See a penny, pick it up, all that day you'll have good luck

People and Money

Money and people are sometimes a bad combination, who reading this hasn't lost money in the street, or been short changed at some point in their lives?

People lose money every day, Just look at how this recession started, a lot of Bankers made stupid mistakes which lost them tons of money hitting the economy like a ton of bricks, it affected everyone and thanks to those idiots we are all still struggling to get by from day to day.

Money just seems to slip from our fingers and float silently away from us and we walk away from it oblivious to what has just occurred.

I have even seen people throw money away, it may only be a penny or 2 but they are still throwing away money simply because they can't think of what else to do with such a small amount.

Money is a valuable asset which should be treated with more care, if I lost $10 today it could mean that I don't eat tomorrow.

Money Money Money

I consider myself to be an honest person and if I see the person who has dropped or lost money I don't hesitate to return it to them. it is impossible to return found money to a person if you do not know who has lost it and that is the only time i will keep it.

Shopping Carts

Easy money, my kids find money every day in Shopping carts.
Easy money, my kids find money every day in Shopping carts.

Money Money Money

If I find a wallet or a bag i hand it over to the police, the person who lost it could have been the victim of a crime and the item could contain valuable evidence that could help to catch the criminal.


Strangly People often forget to take their cash from the machine.
Strangly People often forget to take their cash from the machine.

Money Money Money

Fun Money Fact

If all of the money that was lost around the world over the years was found in one day there would be enough to pay of Americas debt.

Self Service Checkout

Remember not to leave your money for me to find.
Remember not to leave your money for me to find.

Shop Counter

People drop money unnoticed when leaning over a counter to pay.
People drop money unnoticed when leaning over a counter to pay.

Cut To the Chase Jimmy

Come on Jimmy, you promised me free money now where is it?

"Alright calm down I am getting there just be patient"

Free money is all around you, it is everywhere all that you have to do is look in the right places, we have all found loose change down the back of the sofa or the seats in our cars, but that is just finding money they we ourselves lost, every time you leave your home you there is a chance that you will find some money that someone else has lost especially if you have a rough Idea of where to look in the first place.

The local supermarket is a favorite place to find lots of money and my children pass one on their way home from School every day, there are many places inside and outside of a supermarket where people either lose money or just leave it there because it is too much of an inconvenience to them to retrieve it.

The first place to look is in the Car park, if the supermarket has those Shopping carts that you put money into then you are in luck just take a look around, 9 out of 10 times you will see some abandoned carts in the car park they are abandoned simply because people cannot be bothered to take the carts back to the stand to get their money back, some times my children come home from school with over $10 in their pockets because they simply rounded up the loose carts and kept the cash.

You should also keep one eye to the ground in the car park as people drop money all of the time when putting their change away.

The Supermarket ATM Machine

This is one to watch, although it doesn't happen very often, it doesn't have to be just a supermarket cash machine, take a look at every bank machine you pass.

As i said it doesn't happen too often but I have discovered money left in cash machines on a few occasions, I don't understand how people enter their pin numbers, select an amount to withdraw and then forget to take their money from the machine. if you are at the right place at the right time it could be money in your pocket.

Inside the Supermarket

A lot of supermarkets these days have self service counters. where you scan your shopping, bag it and then put your money into a slot to pay for your shopping, and your change comes out of 2 different slots loose change from one and notes from the other.

Most people retrieve all of their change but I often find that people can hear the loose change dropping into the small tray and they forget to lift notes, often people will put in a $20 bill for shopping that costs $3 they will pick up the loose change and forget to pickup the notes this happens quite often always check the slots when you pass those machines.

The Cigarette Counter

In most Supermarkets you will find a cigarette counter and of course this counter also sells candy and chocolate, people reach over the counter to pay for their goods and the assistant has to reach over the candy to give you back your change, money often drops from either customer or assistants hand and lands somewhere amongst the candy and chocolate unnoticed, on many occasions I have bought a chocolate bar at the counter because i have found money sitting on top of the candy.

Even if you don't smoke you should always pretend to browse the candy you never know what you will find.

This happens in any shop which has a counter where you need to reach over to pay and collect your change.

Money Money Money

After a travelling fairground has visited your town you have the opportunity to find a few dollars especially if you can remember where those rides were that turn you upside down were.

When you are turned upside down all of the loose change flies out of your pocket, scan those areas well and if you have one take a metal detector.

Bus Stop

People drop money at bustops and leave it incase the bus drives off without them
People drop money at bustops and leave it incase the bus drives off without them

Money Money Money

Did you Know that 90% of used paper money contains traces of drugs.

Paper notes are often used by drug users to snort lines of cocaine.

Money Money Money

Remember even if you only find a penny put it in a jar, it is amazing how quickly those saved pennies turn into Dollars.

How to find money in the street

Quite often it has been said to me that I can smell money from 100 yards away, this is not true I have just learned over the years where to look for money and I am quite lucky in that respect, almost every time go out I find some money even if it is only a penny lying on the sidewalk.


Every neighborhood has at least one shop and when people leave a shop they drop money either through putting their change in their pockets and dropping it or by throwing away those pennies that they don't want, always scan the sidewalk outside of shops.

Bus Stops and Train Stations

Bus Stops are a little gold mine, people getting onto a bus drop money all of the time and because they are scared that the bus will drive off they leave the money where it fell.

When walking past a bus stop always have a glance at the kerb you may just strike it lucky.

Bus stations, Train Stations and Airports can be quite lucrative too, people running to catch whatever mode of transport often suffer from loose change syndrome, as they run along all of the loose change flies out of their pockets and because they are in such a hurry they keep on running and leave all that money behind.

Bushes Trees and Fences

Usually we hate cold and windy weather but when looking for money the wind becomes your friend, wind has a habit of picking up plastic bags, candy wrappers and other paper materials including paper money, wind is also kind enough to leave those things in nice neat piles against fences, bushes and of course in the branches of trees, next time you walk past a bush or a fence or even a tree have a quick scan at those piles of trash you never know what may be hiding there.

Every where you go there is a chance that you will find some money as you walk along, you don't have to look like you are looking for money, just walk along scanning the area as you go now that you know where to look you too could start finding money that careless people have left behind.

How Honest are You?

You see someone drop $20 and they dont notice do you?

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      4 years ago

      I have found money in bank machines. At the variety store counter. On the sidewalk. Against a fence. In a coat pocket of a jacket I haven't worn for a year. In a bowling alley. In a public bathroom on the floor. In a bar at my feet. I'm lucky finding money

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      John C Thomas 

      6 years ago from Chicago, Illinois, USA

      Your mention of coins on the street reminds me of when I was in Brazil 20+ years ago and they had runaway inflation of 1000+ percent per year. Almost all of their coins were virtually worthless, and you'd see them all over the streets. Even poor people wouldn't bother to pick them up.

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      6 years ago

      You may be broke when you enter the church doors, but check between those cushioned church pews and you'll leave with bucket loads of coins. Arrive early, pick rows that's usually full of people, and you'll be rich by the end of service. Be careful and not use metal or anything that will scratch the wood or tare the fabric. Put the money back in church when the plates are pass and the Lord will richly bless you. Darn it!

    • freemarketingnow profile image


      6 years ago from California

      This is hilarious! Yeah, you can find money in a lot of random places - vending machines, sitting on public transportation, etc.

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      Karen Banes 

      6 years ago from Canada

      One I learnt from my kids - always push the 'return change' button on a vending machine before you put your own money in. Amazing how often people forget to collect their change from those things. And the kids act like it's christmas every time - no matter how small the amount!

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      6 years ago

      My kids often find money in parking lots, and they love to check inside soda and candy machines. My oldest daughter found $100 bucks in Wal-mart just lying on the floor! Nice hub, voted up and interesting.

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      Karen Hellier 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      This is a great hub. I used to find money in parking lots and on the floors of stores all the time when my kids were little, and keep it in a jar all year. One year, I took them to McDonalds at the end of the year to celebrate free money. Another year, we went and picked out a toy for a needy child at Christmas with it. Now if I find any change, I keep it in my car and when I get enough, I treat myself to a cup of coffee.

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      6 years ago from Wouldn't You Like To Know

      Very interesting. I can remember going to the lake when I was younger and on the bottom of the lake I stepped on something that felt different so I picked it up with my toes and to my surprise it was a fifty dollar bill. I wish I had this type of luck all of the time.

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      6 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      It’s true you do actually see money on the streets. Vote up.

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      Roberta Kyle 

      6 years ago from Central New Jersey

      This was fun. I voted in the poll and was gratified to see that 94% of the people who took it said that if they saw someone drop $20 they would run after them to return it. I wonder how many would do the same if they saw a $20.00 error on their bank statement. Somehow it is easier to cheat institutions than people-- great hub Jimmy. voted up and interesting

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      James Paterson 

      6 years ago from Scotland

      Thanks for your comments everyone.....jimmy

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      6 years ago

      I love finding money even if it's just a penny while out walking. The only time I have found more than a few pennies was a 10 Euro note on a ferry. That's no good to me!

    • Jrandol62 profile image


      6 years ago from Where ever the road takes me....

      Great hub friend! Goat's heads?...Check please!! LOL Glad he made it for his sweetie....good man, good man!

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      Rebecca Long 

      6 years ago from somewhere in the appalachian foothills

      I change all the time at the gas station. Foot traffic from the pump to the shop seems to result in a lot of lost pennies and dimes.

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      Cat R 

      6 years ago from North Carolina, U.S.

      Soda and candy machines! Especially those where it is hard to get the money in! Found almost $2 under a candy machine looking for my own quarter!

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      Craig Holman 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      This woman left her entire purse at Walmart once with her wallet and cell phone inside. I called her husband and they came and picked it up. Her entire life was in her purse. This other guy was from Switzerland and he dropped his wallet with his passport and info inside. Luckily his parents number was inside and they came. His father forced a reward into my hands. It is weird how I always find individuals personal belongings. It is always the right thing to do to return peoples lives to them.

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      6 years ago from Where ever the road takes me....

      Cool son found $300 when he and I were walking into a market. We turned it in to the store manager, and he said if it wasn't claimed within 30 days, my son was the proud owner. 30 days later, phone rings, and presto, no one claimed it! So, my son being 12 went berserk! See, being honest pays off....Voted up and awesome!

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      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      First time I've seen a hub that talks about actually finding money. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Jeannie InABottle 

      6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      I remember back in the day when people used to use payphones, it was not uncommon to find change there. It is a shame they don't exist anymore! Interesting hub and voted up!

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      6 years ago from North Carolina

      This is a cute idea. I dropped a $20 bill in the mall once. I hope the person who found it enjoyed it. I haven't found any but I will certainly keep my eye out now. :)

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      6 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      What a fun read! I saw a TV reality show the other day...called something like The Biggest Cheapskate...and one fellow decided he'd make his wife a special dinner that day, but only if he could find enough cash. As you say, he found some in the street, some in parking lots, and a lot in pay phones. All together he found about $7, went to the butcher, and bought two goat's heads, which he brought home and roasted for supper. Voted up and interesting!


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