SOURCE: Coinstar, Inc.

March 11, 2008 09:00 ET

Finance 101: Paying for Spring Break When Money Is Tight

College Students Cash-In Their Spare Change to Bolster Spring Break Plans

BELLEVUE, WA--(Marketwire - March 11, 2008) - Whether your Spring Break plans involve a bathing suit, ski poles or paint brush, they most likely require funding from your ever-dwindling bank account. Hitting up your parents once again for more money or participating in your college's latest medical research study may sound tempting. However, there are more realistic ways to get the cash needed to fund your Spring Break activities.

According to Coinstar there is roughly $90 in loose change hiding in the average U.S. household! Take this Coinstar map and join in on the quest to find the hidden coins in your house or dorm room today. If you're lucky, beyond finding $90, you might even locate other long lost items like the TV remote, your student I.D., or keys you thought were lost.

So, what are you waiting for? Grab your coin jar and follow the map to find the hidden cash in your home. Once you've filled your jar, discover how rich you are by cashing in your findings at your local Coinstar Center®. For free coin counting, opt for gift cards or eCertificates from retailers like Amazon.com, iTunes, Circuit City®, JCPenney and more.

--  71% of Americans find change in cups, jars and other containers. Leave
    no cup unturned
--  Don't forget the most obvious spots like your pockets or the not so
    obvious spots like your freezer, where this college student kept his spare
    change (http://www.collegehumor.com/picture:1713979)
--  Would you have believed that 19% literally sit on their coins every
    night
--  You might find more than junk in your drawers, 33% revealed they find
    spare change hiding there
--  Before making your getaway to your local Coinstar Center®, sweep the
    car and you're bound to find even more change!
    

If you use your spare change to help fund your Spring Break vacation, send Coinstar your cash-in story with a photo of your Spring Break trip by April 30th, 2008 and receive a $5 Starbucks card (while supplies last). By submitting your story, your photo will also have a chance at being featured on the big green machines in your hometown! Don't forget to add Coinstar to your friends list on Facebook and MySpace and be sure to add your Spring Break photos to Coinstar's Spring Break photo album. Submit your Spring Break story and photos here.

Links / URLs:

--  Coinstar Website: www.coinstar.com
--  Share your story:
    http://www.coinstar.com/us/html/userStoryWithFile.html
--  Free Coin Counting Page: http://coinstar.com/us/WebDocs/A1-0-3-1
--  Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Official-Coinstar-Page/10581657867
--  MySpace Page: http://www.myspace.com/coinstarcenter
    

About Coinstar, Inc.

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, money transfer 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, financial institutions, convenience stores and restaurants. For more information, visit www.coinstar.com.

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    Coinstar
    425.943.8121
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    Sydney Siegmeth
    Porter Novelli for Coinstar
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