What Do You Do With Loose Change?

This must be one of those negative side effects of not carrying a purse, but many men I know have a tendency to keep loose change around. Not just a few quarters here and there, I mean bucketfuls! I see it in my brother, my dad, my boyfriend even my coworker! (My coworker even keeps a plastic bag full of loose change under his desk.)  And when I ask them what they were going to do with all that change, their answers are usually “for the parking meter” or “for the laundromat” (though I’ve never seen their repository deplete).

Amazon recently sent me this email, so maybe it’ll spark you guys to start exchanging those loose change (and make room for some new toy instead.)

From now till Sept 23, if you exchange $20 coins for an Amazon Gift Card, you’ll receive a coupon code for $5 in Amazon MP3s.  You can probably get multiple codes if you exchange $20 at a time. Good way to start a new music collection. =)

After reading a little more into Coinstar, I see that there are no fees when you exchange for gift cards, but if you cash out, you will be charged a 9.8% processing fee! I didn’t expect the fees would be so steep. I assume you can also bring your coins and deposit them at your local bank, but you’ll probably have to roll them up.

Do you have large amount of loose change sitting around too? What do you do with them?

Review: Citi ThankYou Preferred/Premier/Prestige Credit Card

(An additional update on this post, the Premier & Prestige cards have an additional 15% discount on all flights book through Spirit Incentives, details below)

Citibank recently launched a new credit card rewards program to replace their Citi Premier Pass and the higher level program, Citi Premier Pass Elite. The new Citi ThankYou Rewards program comes in 3 levels: Preferred, Premier, and Prestige.

My Citi Premier Pass was my go-to credit card for all flight purchases as it rewarded you with points on the number of miles you fly as well. I was very disappointed that Citibank had terminated the program and downgraded me to the Citi ThankYou Preferred card.

Citi ThankYou Preferred Card

Citi ThankYou Preferred Card

The Citi ThankYou Preferred is your basic no annual fee rewards card. Every $1 spent gives you 1 ThankYou point. ( A ThankYou point comes out to be $0.01 when spent on $100 gift cards). Citibank removed all the travel benefits for this card. With only a 1% Continue reading