There is just something about Chik-Fil-A that keeps me coming back.
I recently opened up my Chik-Fil-A app and noticed I had a free “Smokehouse BBQ Bacon Chicken Sandwich” that was set to expire in less than eight days.
Call it extremely efficient marketing, I knew that once I got to Chik-Fil-A I was going to be tempted by the aroma of their waffle fries dipped in their Chik-Fil-A sauce.
Knowing that I would want to purchase their fries, coupled with being on a budget, I decided to cash in my jar of pennies that I had been actually been meaning to exchange for some time.
I was determined to get my waffle fries! However, I wasn’t going to count 500 pennies, roll them and then take them to the bank to do get my fix, so I simply searched for a Coinstar near me.
In about .06 seconds I had the locations of five Coinstars near me and it was go time!
How to quickly find a Coinstar near you:
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The quickest way to find a “Coinstar near me” is to simply type it on a Google search bar.
However, while Google does a great job maintaining listings, some Coinstar kiosks may no longer exist at a specific location so using the Coinstar kiosk finder tool is your best option.
Simply follow these steps:
- Use this Coinstar Kiosk Finder Link
- Type in your city, address, or zip code
- Select the closest Coinstar near you
- Drive there and exchange your coins for cash or gift cards
Typically, aside from searching for Coinstar kiosk locations near you, these stores often have Coinstar kiosks inside:
- Harris Teeter
- Food Lion
Once you find a Coinstar near you, the next step is to exchange your spare change for cash! Here is how the simple process works:
Don’t have spare change anymore?
What is Coinstar?
Now if you’re someone who is currently asking yourself “What is Coinstar?” I will give you some grace for living under a rock for the last twenty years.
Like the lottery scratch-off and Redbox kiosks at the grocery stores you might frequent, Coinstar is a coin-counting kiosk service that allows you to exchange your spare change for cash, gift cards, or even donate the money!
Instead of counting coins, putting them rollers, driving to your bank and exchanging them for cash (Just typing that was a bit tedious), you instead empty your jar into Coinstar kiosk tray and let Coinstar count your coins for you.
Here is how it works:
- Using the touch screen you can redeem your coins for cash at a register, a gift card (FREE) or donate the money to cause.
- Simply empty all of your coins into the tray and lift it to feed the coin counter
- Watch your money add up and think of all the time you saved!
How much does it cost to use Coinstar?
Coinstar charges a flat fee of 11.9% for using their change counting services.
It has been years since I used a Coinstar kiosk but like most services, their fees have increased over time, however, in this case, you’re paying for convenience (I recently rolled coins and exchanged them at my bank and the entire process took over an hour after commuting to the bank).
So hypothetically, if you had $10 worth of coins, about $1.20 of it would go to Coinstar, and you would walk away with $8.80
If you had $100 worth of change saved up, you would exchange $11.90 of it in order to get your cash. Anything over a $100 might not be worth exchanging with Coinstar because $12 and up is a big chunk of your money unless you’re in a pinch for time!
For example, if you happen to be someone who saved enough coins to fill an entire 5-gallon water dispenser (Like $1,000+ worth), you might want to consider doing the following instead of shelling out $120 in service fees: