My Journey to Coinstar #NoFeeCoinstar #CBias

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I know this may be hard to believe but I’ve never used a Coinstar machine…..until now. I wasn’t planning on going or using one but I got invited to make a mini road trip to a Bi-Lo where they had one so I decided I would go ahead & go. We collect our coins in a Ratatouille coin bank that we keep in our kitchen that I bought from the Disney Store years ago. I emptied it out, grabbed my kids & were on our way.

 

The Coinstar was easy to locate. It was right next to the Customer Service desk! 🙂 I felt a little weird because I wasn’t sure if I was going to ask for help since I’ve never used one before but it tells you how to use one on the screen. You put your coins on a tray & tip it over into the machine, which immediately starts counting how much you have. Once it’s done, it gives you an option – cash, gift card or make a donation. Well, I saw with the cash option, they take out a fee so thank you but no thank you.

I saw there was many gift card options but with Bi-Lo having a NO FEE gift card, I just didn’t even have to think twice about it. Some people just can’t afford to get a percentage of their coins taken away, having a no fee card is a great way for people to save up & actually be able to use ALL of their coins to buy their groceries.

I did make a shopping list before I went to the store but I always either lose the list before I get to the store or I always forget I have it with me. With so many temptations, such as these yummy strawberry treats, it was hard to stick to my list. I do believe I bought more than I should have – in addition to my Bi-Lo card, I think I did have to pay a little extra but that was my fault. I just couldn’t help it though. There was so many deals all around me! Oh and did you know that Bi-Lo accepts double coupons every day? Yeah. Don’t walk, run to your nearest Bi0Lo, you won’t regret it.

All in all, it was a fun shopping experience & I loved that it was so easy for me to convert my coins into cash that I could use now. Check out my other pics from my shopping journey!

I walked away with a fun experience & after being on the country roads for so long, I was enlightened & know that one day, I’ll end up living the country life.

If you have the chance, be sure to check out Coinstar on Facebook & Twitter as well as Bi-Lo on Facebook & Twitter. Be sure to check out a Coinstar near you if you have coins piling up. It’s really easy to use, you won’t regret it! 🙂

-Jen
Disclosure: I have been paid (at Coinstar’s request) to try & blog about Coinstar’s products/services as part of a Collective Bias shopper insights study.  #NoFeeCoinstar #CBias

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