SOURCE: Coinstar

November 08, 2007 13:13 ET

Spare Change Pays for College, Cruises and Chianti for Those Who Cash-In at Coinstar

Tell Your Cash-In Story for a Chance to Be on Coinstar® Machines in Your Hometown

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - November 8, 2007) - People across the nation are overturning couch cushions and sifting through junk drawers to find the hidden change in their homes. To many, these forgotten coins mean more than just time on the parking meter -- they mean sweet new shoes, an indulgent night out or, for those who have been nurturing their coin jar for more than a few years, it could translate to a family vacation or a down payment on a hot new car.

Cash-In & Splurge

Especially as we approach the holiday season, savvy-spenders everywhere are discovering that they don't have to look any further than their coin jar to splurge on something extra for themselves or their family. Don't believe that spare change can add up to something valuable? Check out what these clever consumers did with their change after they cashed it in at a Coinstar machine:

-- Trip to South Padre Island -- Samantha in Texas                      $82
-- Cruise on the Mediterranean -- Bill in Arizona                    $2,100
-- Early Christmas gift of new bike -- Ethan in Louisiana              $170
-- HDTV -- Tim in Oregon                                             $2,500
-- Italian dinner and a bottle of Chianti -- Michael in Arizona         $50
-- College savings fund -- Alisia from Georgia                       $2,000
-- Repair costs for a trumpet -- David in Washington                    $75

Share Your Story

Tell us what's in your coin jar and your story could be featured on the Coinstar machine in your hometown. Go to, click on 'You Can be A Coin Star' to submit your story and photo of your splurge.

And if you're really ambitious, share your story by creating a YouTube video showing how you turned your coin into something special. The video is optional, but to submit one, simply include the link with your story and photo submission to Coinstar.

Coinstar Facts

-- There's more than $10 billion (yes, Billion) in loose change hiding in homes across the U.S., which is roughly a $90 stash among those households that accumulate.

-- Consumers receive free coin counting when they opt for a gift card or eCertificate for retailers like®, Starbucks®, Circuit City®, iTunes, and others at select Coinstar Centers.

-- Nearly a quarter (23%) of Americans sacrifice going out with their friends or forgo similar luxuries in order to stretch their holiday budgets*.

-- More than one in ten Americans (14%) break into their piggy banks to scrape up some extra spending money during the holiday season*.

* Coinstar National Currency Poll, November 2007

Links / URLs:

-- Coinstar Website:

-- Share Your Story:

-- Free Coin Counting:

-- YouTube Video:



Coinstar, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSTR) is a multi-national company offering a range of 4th Wall™ solutions for the retailers' front of store, consisting of self-service coin counting, electronic payment solutions, entertainment services and self-service DVD rental. The company's products and services can be found at more than 56,000 retail locations including supermarkets, drug stores, mass merchants, convenience stores, and financial institutions. For more information, visit

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