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Interesting Coinstar $10 bonus promo

Posted December 6, 2010

Coinstar is offering an intriguing promotion: Cash in $40 in coins and get $50 back when you choose to receive your money in the form of a gift card from one of a number of choices. AND, you get full value on your money.

You have probably seen the Coinstar machines in grocery stores. You bring in your loose change and the machine counts it. Then you get a receipt (minus their surcharge to count it) and you take it to customer service to get your money. Usually they charge a 9.8% processing fee to count it (unless you cash out for participating gift cards and then it is free), BUT when you get the gift card deal, you get full value back. They do not take a surcharge, AND you earn an additional $10 gift card that you get back my mail.

Participating retailers include Lowe's Home Improvement, Borders books, Regal Entertainment, iTunes and rixty. Amazon will join in the promotion on December 9.

Click the link in the box above for all the details. If you have $40 in loose change hanging around, now is the time to cash it in!


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  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Dec 7, 2010

    I agree happygirl. I definitely would not pay the 9.8% fee normally charged to cash out for cash but in this case, there is no fee to cash out for gift cards AND you get an extra $10 GC - a better deal than the SECU with no fees IF you planned to get one of these gift cards anyway. I guess I need to send the kids to look in the couch pillows for extra change! lol

    Not sure about that flicker - I would give them a call to ask.

  • HappyGirl08 Dec 7, 2010

    Well that's cool but SECU members can use coin sorters in the branches and cash out their change without any fees. That's what I usually do.

  • Nancy Dec 6, 2010

    That's a neat deal. Since the bank where I bank offers free coin machine use for customers, I never use the coinstar ones but then again, I rarely accumulate that much change, I spend it routinely on my small transactions, giving the 'change' portion of the bill to the cashier in 'change' :)

  • flicker Dec 6, 2010

    It's Lowe's Home Improvement.

  • flicker Dec 6, 2010

    NICE!! One question. Looks like you can only do this once for each participating store. Is that right? Or could I do 3 separate transactions for Lowes and get 3 $10 card promo codes?

  • dblount2 Dec 6, 2010

    Is that Lowe's Home Improvement or Lowe's Foods Grocery store?