These days every penny counts. Especially when you have three kids like my daughter, Patricia.
Last weekend when I was going to check out the no-fee Coinstar at Bi-Lo in Rutherfordton, N.C., I asked my daughter to take me. I took plenty of change for both of us to try Coinstar.
Following the directions provided by Coinstar, Patricia inserted the quarters and dimes I gave her into the machine. She waited until all of the coins were counted, then made her gift card selection. She chose a Bi-Lo gift card, so there was no fee. She planned to do some grocery shopping with the card.
“I couldn’t believe how easy it was to exchange my coins for a gift card,” Patricia said. “The machine offered step-by-step instructions that allowed me to choose what I wanted to exchange, dollars or coins. I was asked if I wanted to have the balance put on a Bi-Lo gift card, or purchase one of several other gift cards. I even had the opportunity to donate the money I submitted to a charity.”
We then went up and down almost every aisle. It was getting late and we had a long trip back home so we selected a register and put our groceries on the belt. The items were scanned, then Patricia handed over her coupons and BiLo gift card. The bottom line was a big surprise, because the balance left to pay was a little over $1. Not bad for a grocery shopping trip.
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