8 Best Places to Buy Cheap Clothes

I am not a fashionista, but I do need clothes (don’t we all?). And I’m also much more likely to shop online vs. going to the store…there are few things I dread more than a store’s dressing room. That’s why …

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17 Places to Get Cash for Coins

Chances are you have a big jar of coins stashed somewhere in your home. You keep meaning to do something with it, but the coins just keep accumulating. Now is the time to do something about it and get cash for coins!

The United States Mint has released several statements recently encouraging consumers to spend their coins. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, coins have not been circulating as much as they normally would.

This has led to retailers and small businesses having some difficulty accepting cash payments, which is a problem for those people who primarily – or exclusively – use cash.

To help out, it’s time to get those coins back into circulation. And you’d be surprised how quickly the value of those coins can add up! Turn them in for cash and get some money to pay off debt, spend, or save.

Places to Get Cash for Coins

You have several different options of places to get cash for coins. Some are totally free, while some will require a fee that takes a percentage of the cash total. Peruse this list and see what works for you.

1. Your Local Bank or Credit Union

The easiest way to get cash for coins is to check with your local bank or credit union to see what they can do for you.

There are so many variables to consider that it’s impossible to round up all of the different options here. Just make a quick phone call to ask. You could also try browsing their website to see if that information is listed.

Banks and credit unions may have a coin-counting machine, or you may be asked to bring in rolled coins. (Loose coins are usually preferred if they have a machine.)

Coin counting may be limited to members only, or available to non-members with a fee. Recently, a few banks have even offered bonuses for trading in your coins for cash, considering the national coin shortage.

The smaller the establishment, the more likely they’ll have a free coin-counting machine for your use.

I just contacted my credit union and found out that coin counting is free for members. (We have a free checking account, too – I love my credit union!)

I did find a few larger banks that have coin-counting machines available for members:

  • U.S. Bank has 3,000+ branches across the United States, primarily in the Western and Midwestern states. They have coin-counting machines available to customers. Fees may apply. Filter your search by “coin counter” to find locations with a machine.
  • Fifth Third Bank has 1,100+ branches across eleven states. They offer loose coin exchange; fees may apply. Filter your search by “loose coin exchange” to find locations where you can get cash for coins.
  • TCF Bank has 400+ branches across seven states, including Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. They have coin machines available at many locations and charge a 0-1.5% fee for customers and a 10% fee for non-customers.

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16 Ways to Save Money at Home Depot

Home improvement projects can be expensive. It’s fun to dream of a bathroom or kitchen remodel, but when it comes to actually coughing up the cash for it…yikes! Before you make your next trip to Home Depot, you’ll want to …

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9 Ways to Get Free Air for Your Tires

Want to get free air for your tires?

Well, there are several options near you get air in your tires for free.

Using a public air compressor to air up your tires can cost anywhere from $1.50 to $2 each time. Yikes! But there’s good news – you don’t have to keep those quarters in your car just in case.

Free Air for Your Tires

Use one of these ways to get free air for your tires to get you back on the road at no cost to you.

1. Air Up at a Gas Station or Grocery Store

The easiest and quickest way to get free air for your tires is to find a gas station or grocery store near you that offers free air. Yes, some stores now charge for air (which seems silly to me), but chances are you can still find a location near you that offers free air.

FreeAirPump.com is a website that maps out where you can find free air near you. Keep in mind that it’s a user-generated map, so it may not be 100% accurate, but it’s a good starting point.

Otherwise, you can ask your neighbors or in your local Facebook or Nextdoor group for recommendations. As for me, I typically fill my tires at Holiday Stationstores or Kwik Trip. Even my local grocery store, Hy-Vee, offers free air at their gas stations.

Here are some other gas station chains that offer free air for your tires:

If you’re nervous about filling up your tires yourself, don’t be. It’s easy to do. Cars.com has a quick video of how you can check the pressure and inflate your tires yourself.

You may need to purchase a tire pressure gauge to be sure you’re inflating your tires to the right PSI, or the air pump may have a digital display to show when your tires have reached the correct air pressure. Check the inside of your driver’s side door or your owner’s manual for the recommended PSI.

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13 Best Places to Get the Best Deals on Tires

There are a lot of expenses that come along with owning a vehicle: gasoline, oil changes and other regular maintenance, repairs and replacements, and – of course – tires.

I don’t know about you, but it’s easy for me to forget about my tires unless there’s a problem with them and/or it’s close to replacement time. And if I haven’t saved up for a new set – yikes! The cost of each tire times four can really add up…not to mention installation, rotation, and everything else that goes along with it.

I’m not here to tell you how to choose the right car tires – there’s a great article on Consumer Reports for that. But I can help you find the best places to get the best deals on tires, whether you’re shopping online, in-store, or a combination of the two.

Best Places to Get the Best Deals on Tires

Use this list of the best places to get the best deals on tires to help you compare and save money on this substantial – yet essential – purchase.

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Resources and Ideas for When You’re Stuck at Home

Friends, there is no doubt that life has dramatically changed over the last few weeks. As we hunker down at home due to school closings, quarantines, and the like, we’re faced with uncertainty about the future as well as being at a loss as for what to do in the present.

But I don’t want to spread fear…goodness knows there’s enough of that out there already! Instead, I thought it would be helpful to share some ideas with you for how to get through this time at home, for however long you’re at home. (I’m right there with you!)

Here’s a comprehensive list of resources and ideas for what to do when you’re stuck at home, especially highlighting what we provide for you here at The Coupon Project. I hope this list gives you inspiration, ideas, and encouragement as you plan your days!

My Plan for Our Time at Home

I have five kids ranging in age from 2 to 10, and we’re home for at least the next two weeks (I live in Minnesota). Here’s my tentative plan for however long we’re hunkered down at home:

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How to Host a Coupon Party

Yesterday, I met a new friend at the Toy Store.  We were both in the Thomas section of the store picking out free trains for our sons.  One of the things we got to chatting about was coupon parties. While …

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What’s the Best Price for Pumpkin?

Stores and farms here in Western Washington have once again begun to sell pumpkins! As a pumpkin lover, this couldn’t make me happier. Fall is my absolute favorite season and I love purchasing pumpkins for my front porch as well as canned pumpkin for baking!

I thought it might be helpful to give you some of my thoughts regarding price-points on pumpkin as well as some of my favorite places to buy this cheerful fall treat.

I will update this post as I’m made aware of current deals on pumpkin, so stay tuned.

Whole Pumpkins – Best Prices

In my opinion, for 2017, I’d think paying $0.30 per pound or less would be a fair price to pay for whole pumpkins. I noticed that my Fred Meyer was selling pumpkins right now for $0.29 per pound. If you’re buying a 10 pound pumpkin, this is going to work out to just under $3.

A lot of families like visiting a pumpkin patch to pick out a pumpkin. While a fun outing, this may not be the cheapest way to buy pumpkins as some patches require admission costs. This is something to consider if your goal is simply to get the best deal. 

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