Ahoy there, mateys! Welcome aboard me ship! I be but the humble Captain Stephanie, steering me vessel toward untold treasure! Actually, me treasure map came by email from Coinstar, but it be a treasure map none the less!
So hop aboard, and I’ll sail us round the dangerous water of… um… my house. And we’ll dig us up some treasure! You’ll be needin’ yer own copy of the treasure map, if yer ta be my first mate, ya scurvy dog! … Ok, I really can’t do this any more. I’m not as well-versed in “pirate” as I pretend to be. There should really be a Google translator for this. Anyways, here’s the treasure map:
1. Grab your lucky penny, drop it in your jar, and proceed to the front door to begin your hunt.
2. 71% of Americans find change in cups, jars and other containers. Leave no cup unturned.
I left no cup unturned… but I didn’t find anything, anyways.
3. Don’t forget the most obvious spots – your pockets and handbags are places many accumulate coins.
Take: $0.50 in my jeans from last night, and $2.66 in my change bag in my purse.
4. “Bank” on finding a large portion of your treasure in the most practical places – 50% of you keep you change in a “Piggy” or other kind of bank.
My family is all about the change jars. I have three, and my mom has two. My main change jar is an old glass half-gallon milk jug. I also have a smaller mason jar for quarters, and another mason jar for Canadian change. I’m hoping to fund a trip to Canada entirely out of Canadian change some day! While counting that, I found some British change in there as well – it really threw me off, since they both put the Queen on their money. Dear Canada: Stop confusing me!
My mom also has separate jars for quarters and smaller change.
Milk jug: $16.90, and $0.21 Canadian
Quarter jar: $0.50
Canada jar: $4.51 Canadian, and $0.26 America (sneaky money!)
Mom’s quarter jar: $31.00 and $0.50 Canadian (which I kindly moved to my Canada jar for her)
Mom’s loose change jar: $5.70 and $0.01 Canadian
5. Don’t give up, 18% of Americans find loose change in random places scattered around their homes.
I even checked under the fridge (ew), but didn’t find a thing.
6. Would you have believed that 19% literally sit on their stash every night?
I believe it, but I must be in the other 81% – nothing in the couch.
7. You might find more than junk in your drawers, 33% revealed they find spare change hiding there.
My mom just organized our junk drawer, so no change there.
8. Among the dryer sheets and lint balls, 36% of us find the cleanest of the coin in the laundry room.
I believe the close proximity of the laundry room to my mom’s room is why I didn’t find any change there!
9. Before making your getaway to your local Coinstar Center, sweep the car and you’re boung to find even more treasure.
Yep, I carry the family habit of hoarding change in my car.
Take: $2.60 and $0.01 Canadian
The email this treasure map came with stated that the average household is hoarding about $90 in change – so how did I measure up?
Final take: $60.13 and $5.24 Canadian.
That’s actually far more than I thought I’d find, considering it’s only been a few months since I last rolled up my loose change and took it to the bank. So if you include that money from February, I beat the national average with $101.63.
Hmm… only $5.24 Canadian? I may have to rethink my strategy for saving up for that trip…
So, ye scurvy dogs, do you have what it takes to take this treasure map and hunt in yer own stormy seas? If so, post yer booty in me comments!