It’s been years since I’ve used a Coinstar machine.
Usually after I clean my bag of loose change it all ends up in a container in the kitchen and then when its on the verge of overflowing the coins gets dumped into one of the kids’ piggy banks. In a way it helps me teach them about saving money.
This container is getting a little full.
I tend to just hand the change over to the kids because the idea of trekking to the nearest Coinstar kiosk with four children would guarantee me spending all the coins converted to cash on kids snacks.
Coinstar has partnered with Stop & Shop to let their grocery store shoppers convert coins into a Stop & Shop gift card without having to pay a fee. Having no fee taken out when you cash out funds from Coinstar means more groceries and that’s all kinds of awesome!
It’s been a while since I’ve been to a Stop & Shop supermarket. It’s a family of affordable supermarkets but we don’t have them in Manhattan. And the tri-state area stores aren’t very convenient to me.
The last time I went to one it was the Long Island City location. I took Natalie to shop with me and she pretty much fell in love with the supermarket. They are so big! They also handed her endless amounts of cheese at the deli counter.
This morning I ended up going to two Stop & Shop locations to test out the Coinstar – Stop & Shop partnership.
The first Stop & Shop I went to was in Port Washington. But when I got there the Coinstar kiosk was out of service. I wish there was a way that the Coinstar website could alert people about out of service kiosks that so they didn’t make a trip with heavy containers of coins.
The second Stop & Shop location I went to was in New Hyde Park. The Coinstar kiosk was definitely highlighted as you walked into the store. It was even near coffee. Coffee while change counting, anyone?
You can see my entire experience while at Stop & Shop in my Google+ album.
Disclosure: I have been paid (at Coinstar’s request) to try and blog about Coinstar’s products/services as part of a Collective Bias shopper insights study. All opinions are my own. #NoFeeCoinstar #CBias