Found Money Project – May Update

Coins in High Contrast by MoneyBlogNewzBack in mid-February, I wrote about our “Found Money Project”. In a nutshell, our family keeps track of money that we find. We intend to do something good with the money near the end of the year.

We’ve been surprised at how often we find money. So far, in the 89 days we’ve been keeping track, we’ve found money 55 times. I expect that ratio to rise during the summer when we are outside more often. We’ve also noticed how found money comes in bunches. (Notice on the chart below how many times we’ve found several coins at once or found money more than once a day.)

Recently we’ve added a new twist to the Found Money project. After reading this article, I thought about how many times during our walks and runs we come across aluminum cans… so we started picking them up and tossing them into a plastic tub in the basement. Our friends probably think we’re a bit kooky, but each can is worth approximately 1.5¢. Plus we’re helping to keep our neighborhood clean. We haven’t turned in the cans yet, but I’ll post again when we do and I’ll add that money to the chart.

Date Amount Comments Total
2-04-13 Nickel (DOD) Walking $ 0.05
2-08-13 Penny (DOD) Gas station $ 0.06
2-11-13 Dime (DOD) Running $ 0.16
2-14-13 Dime (DOD) Walking $ 0.26
2-16-13 Dime (DF) Alley $ 0.36
2-18-13 Penny (DF) Getting coffee $ 0.37
2-19-13 Dime (FF) Getting gas $ 0.47
2-21-13 Dime (FF) YMCA $ 0.57
2-23-13 Dime (FF) Grocery store $ 0.67
2-26-13 Penny (DOD) Gym $ 0.68
2-28-13 Penny (FF) Driveway $ 0.69
3-4-13 Penny (DOD) School $ 0.70
3-7-13 Two Pennies (DOD) School $ 0.72
3-9-13 Penny (DF) Running $ 0.73
3-10-13 Penny (DF) Coffee shop $ 0.74
3-13-13 Two Pennies, Quarter (DOD) ATL airport $ 1.01
3-14-13 Penny (DF) Walking $ 1.02
3-17-13 Quarter (DF) Lowe’s $ 1.27
3-26-13 Dime (Li’l D) Airplane floor $ 1.37
3-27-13 Penny (DF) Work $ 1.38
3-28-13 Quarter (DF) Union Station $ 1.63
3-29-13 Penny (DF) Gas station $ 1.64
3-29-13 Dime (DF & AW) Grocery store $ 1.74
3-30-13 Nickel, Three Pennies (DOD) Qdoba $ 1.82
3-30-13 Penny (DF) Wal-Mart $ 1.83
4-3-13 Penny (DF) Gas station $ 1.84
4-5-13 Penny (DOD) Work $ 1.85
4-5-13 Nickel & Penny (DOD & DF) Bike Ride $ 1.91
4-7-13 Nickel (DF) Walking $ 1.96
4-7-13 Nickel, Penny (DF) Biking $ 2.02
4-7-13 Penny, Nickel (DF) Walking $ 2.08
4-9-13 Two Pennies (DF) Gas station $ 2.10
4-10-13 Penny (DOD) Work $ 2.11
4-10-13 Dime (DF) Running $ 2.21
4-11-13 Penny (DOD) Work $ 2.22
4-11-13 Dime (DOD) Work $ 2.32
4-12-13 Penny (DOD) Work $ 2.33
4-13-13 Dime, Penny (DOD & DF) Walking $ 2.44
4-13-13 Penny (DF) Biking $ 2.45
4-17-13 Penny (DOD) Running $ 2.46
4-19-13 Penny (DOD) Work $ 2.47
4-19-13 Penny (DF) Walking $ 2.48
4-20-13 Two Pennies (DOD & DF) Running $ 2.50
4-20-13 Penny (FF) Casino $ 2.51
4-21-13 Dime (DF) Running $ 2.61
4-22-13 Quarter, Three Pennies (DF & DOD) Qdoba $ 2.89
4-23-13 Nickel, Penny (DOD) Work $ 2.95
4-24-13 Two Pennies (DOD & Lil D) Qdoba $ 2.97
4-26-13 Penny (DOD) Work $ 2.98
4-27-13 Penny (FF) Grocery store $ 2.99
4-30-13 Two Pennies (DOD) Work $ 3.01
4-30-13 Penny (DOD) Running $ 3.02
5-1-13 Penny (DF) Work $ 3.03
5-1-13 Nickel, 22 Pennies!! (DF, DOD & KW) Running $ 3.30
5-1-13 Penny (HK) Wal-Mart $ 3.31