Street Money Update! Super Deluxe All-in-One Edition!

September 9, 2009 at 2:14 pm (Street Money) (, , , , , , , , , )

We found money. I have managed to keep it in neat rows for posting so I wouldn’t get confused about how much and what day and where. But, it has been, like a week, and even though I am pretty anal, I’m just not that good at keeping track of the coins when I had more important career-building school studies to worry about. So here it is, all in one big clump:

Six cents. Somewhere. I found it, but the memory is gone. Maybe walking the kids to school…

Four cents. Most likely found on the way to school based on the ratty nature of the coins.

Six cents. Mason found, riding his bike around at the end of our block.

Eleven cents. Somewhere over the weekend, I think. Most likely in a parking lot.

Twenty-two cents! At the laundromat! Washing the bed comforter. Exciting weekends. I wonder what I would do on Saturday and Sunday if I was rich?? What would I do on any of the week days?? Doesn’t matter.

The kids went camping all Labor Day weekend and Stevie said she found a quarter! But, she spent it on candy. It doesn’t count if it doesn’t come home.

Grand total for this post: 49¢ Living Large!

Check here for the year.

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Street Money Update!

August 31, 2009 at 3:12 pm (Street Money) (, , , , , , , , )

Walking with the Stevie. One cent on the way to school. One cent on the way home. That’s two total.

Year is here.

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Street Money Update!

August 26, 2009 at 10:03 pm (Street Money) (, , , , , , , , )

The pennies are getting hairier and hairier…just one, found all mangled in the street today on the way to school. But it counts!

Here for the year.

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Street Money Update!

August 24, 2009 at 10:48 pm (Street Money) (, , , , , , , , )

Nothing too exciting. More change on the way to school.

Two nickels and three pennies. Total of 13¢!

Little by little our fortune grows….

Year total HERE!

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Street Money Update! With Canadian Money! Finally!

August 21, 2009 at 7:26 pm (Street Money) (, , , , , , , , )

Oh yeah! We got it. We are representing from across the globe. Sort of. All on the way to school! Obviously no one scours the streets for loose change along the walking route.

One penny in the mini-golf parking lot (see posts after this) and all the rest in the streets of our town.

We found 6 mangy pennies, one chewed up dime, one perfect quarter and, here comes that international flavor, one Canadian penny!!

Finally we can add the “Canadian” total to our totals!

So if that’s not confusing enough, the total total is: One cent, Canadian. Forty-two cents, American.

The 42 gets added to the year total and the one cent gets its own listing! Click it here for the update.

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Street Money Update!

August 12, 2009 at 2:44 pm (Street Money) (, , , , , , , , )

I was running. Doing my five miles around the neighborhood. Trying for my goal of under an hour. And just as I am on the last block, the VERY last block until I round the corner to my house, there on the ground: penny.

Check the watch: 58 minutes, 45 seconds…forget it…too close. I can make it if I don’t stop. It’s just one penny anyway.

15 strides later: Another penny! Poop! Still, I can’t stop.

15 more strides: Dime! Near the sewer hole in a crack. Ok, I am in the 59 minute range now. I have one minute to get to my house. I know I can do it. I tell myself I’ll go back. For my cool down walk I’ll go back up the street the opposite way and pick up the change. It’s only 2 blocks over.

Satisfied, I pick up the pace: Another penny!! This street has not been scavenged in a long time!

Keep going though. Get to the corner, sprint the block ends and turn onto my street. Run, run, run! Oh yeah! Pass my driveway, stop the watch, try to breathe without throwing up! One hour, 15 seconds. I consider it a success because I got stopped at a main intersection with stoplights for at least 30 seconds to a minute, two times (my run is a circle), so technically it would have been under.

So I go take my stroll, lots of people are out on the block. I slowly walk around, head down, in the street, looking for that change. That’s kind of weird I suppose, but everyone has their hobbies. And I managed to find it all!

The count was 13¢. Not bad for a little exercise.

Year total is here!

See you on the next run!

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Street Money Update! Wealthy Edition!

August 8, 2009 at 9:38 pm (Street Money) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Oh we have been busy. We have found the money’s! The “wealthy” edition headline, may have been stretching it a bit, but it’s the most we’ve found at one time, in a long time! Various locations have placed the coin gathering…

Here: , parking lot, running trail, found it while trying to stretch and not pass out.

Here: , Zoo, (we went, we saw, we pictured, we video’d, we will post AND You Tube, the animals were crazy!! and we got it on film!! it was one of the best trips ever!!) again, one penny, Zoo, at the end of the day. Granted, there is not alot of cash with change, being passed around there. Everything is dollars or credit…kind of expensive…but it’s for the animals so…

Here: , Hooter’s. Hey, it was on the way home! I mean, we had to go RIGHT past it! Delicious! Quality time….with the kids….

Here: 24¢, Bowling Alley, inside. Kids found it near the arcade…of course! Had to do something fun on Friday too!! They were leaving me!!

Here: , Bowling Alley, outside. My find. For an even quarter over there!

Here: , at the PetSmart, outside in a  puddle, it was raining by then. It was actually raining all day Friday, but we had to get some feeders for the Oscars (still got a post about those guys) and Mason got himself two, new, baby Oscars, so tiny and cute; a Tiger and an Albino. I am hoping they make it through the next week while he is gone. New fish is always a risk.

Grand total for 2 days of scouring alot of miles in Illinois: 29¢

Not a fortune, but it keeps us busy!

Check here for the year total, and be sure to keep reading for more exciting posts about: OUR EXCITING LIVES!! Hahaha.

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Street Money Update!

August 6, 2009 at 8:40 am (Street Money) (, , , , , , , , , )

After I ran five miles the other day, all over Park Forest, and my legs were crying, I forgot that I found a penny on the ground!

That’s pretty good huh? Finding the penny while running; not that it’s a penny. People are really holding onto their coins this season. Economy!

Here is the year-count!

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Street Money Update! It’s been a long time…

July 28, 2009 at 10:40 pm (Street Money) (, , , , , , , )

All these things have been going on: We have traveled. We have walked. On roads. In parking lots. Through fields. At stores. By registers. Places that accumulate many, many people; with what would seem like endless opportunities to find loose change on the ground.

And yet…nothing.

Until Sunday. Pierogi Fest.  A virtual goldmine of pennies, dimes, nickels, quarters; change haphazardly stuffed into pockets, falling to the ground, waiting to be retrieved, while their people balance plates of steaming, delicious, Polish fare, and never even notice.

You would think. The streets should be shimmering with lost coins. But still…no.

Later, in a side lot, waiting for someone to finish something, trying to stay out of the way: a pay phone. Sticky, dirty, battered and chipped but containing no money. Keeping the youngest child from touching it at all, your desperate eye catches a glint of…something. Next to the phone, on the ground, there! Two little pennies hiding on the asphalt.

Glory! The slump is over. Losing streak finished. Rough patch transversed. Smooth sailing from here on out!

Two cents.

How long has it been?

Too long.

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Street Money Update!

July 13, 2009 at 6:05 pm (Street Money) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I’ll dispense with the usual, long chatter and get to the point.

10¢ on the floor of Hooter’s–(delicious)–Mason almost had his eye poked out and a tray of crab legs and steaming wings dumped on him trying to pick it up, but hey, we work hard for the money…haha

1¢ on the ground at the arcade/mini-golf/driving range/batting cage/go-kart fun center!

We were kind of busy this weekend, having fun and spending too much money.

One day we will break even. Ha. Check here for the year count.

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