Tell Congress to stop Rx greed and lower prescription drug prices now! Here’s how.
by Joan Rattner Heilman, AARP Bulletin, August 10, 2010
Like many of us, you may throw your spare change into a jar, hoping it will take you out to dinner one day. When the jar is full, you lug your loot to a coin-counting machine for conversion into paper money.
If you use the Coinstar machines commonly found in supermarkets, banks and other commercial establishments, you’ll pay a 9.8 percent fee for the convenience of not counting and rolling the coins yourself.
But here’s a way to get full value for your money: Select an option to load the coins onto a gift card that’s good at amazon.com, CVS, Borders, Old Navy, Lowe’s, JCPenney, Starbucks and other big retailers. The same holds if you donate it to a major charity, such as the American Red Cross, the World Wildlife Fund, UNICEF or the March of Dimes. Go to coinstar.com to locate a machine with these free options in your neighborhood.
Also, if you scout around, you may find other places to swap your coins without paying a fee. These include some credit unions, casinos and banks—for example, TD banks on the East Coast and BankAtlantic in Florida—but sometimes only if you’re a customer.
Joan Rattner Heilman writes often on good deals and where to find them.
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