Coinstar for Last Minute Gifts {Giveaway}

This is a sponsored post for Coinstar. All thoughts, opinions and photographs, unless otherwise noted, are completely my own. 

Coinstar Gifts


If you’re anything like me, you’re saying to yourself: “CHRISTMAS IS WHEN???”

It kinda snuck up on me this year. With the late Thanksgiving, everything started late and I could have sworn I had more time. More time to save, more time to shop… just more time for it all. Well… here we are, just days away and I still have lots of shopping left, but not very much to shop with.

Or so I thought.

So back in the day, when I was in my early twenties, I was a waitress. My tips were often a mix of dollars and change, so I used to place all my change in a margarita shaker (don’t judge). Christmas was coming and I wanted to get my friends a few cute, inexpensive gifts before I headed home for the holidays. With all my cash already tied up, I looked at my margarita shaker and thought… well maybe I could at least get my roommate a gift cause I assumed I had about twenty bucks in there. So I grabbed my beloved shaker and headed to the nearest supermarket… and there it was….the Coinstar machine.

Coinstar Sherpa


…and like a beautiful melody, I poured my coins in…cling-cling…cling-cling. The machine even asked for a little break, I was pouring so much in. Then I waited for my grand total.


BAM! In my not full margarita shaker, there was almost a hundred christmas gift buying dollars. Christmas was saved and my friends all got a little something from me.

So, I’m heading to my couch, and my car, and my pockets and gathering all I could to make some margarita shaker magic again. But also Christmas, my daughter wants to get a present for her cousins, which is totally cute so all the change I have gathered, I put in my upgraded shaker… the Coinstar sherpa, and gave it to my daughter.

Coinstar for Kids


…and now it’s her turn to make a little Coinstar music of her own.

So if you are smack in the middle of grabbing those last minute holiday deals, don’t forget to grab your shaker change and check out what Coinstar can do for you. 

About Coinstar

Coinstar is the easy-to-use money counting kiosk found at more than 19,000 retailers. You can turn loose coins into cash vouchers or redeem coins and cash for eCertficates or gift cards at retailers like Amazon, Old Navy, Toys“R”Us, Starbucks, Nike and Southwest Airlines, without an additional fee.

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Coinstar Facts


Enter to win a $25 Lowe’s Gift Card. This giveaway is brought to you by me! Thanks to Coinstar for providing me with change that allowed me to be able to give this gift to one lucky reader. Ends 1/3/2014, US only, void where prohibited.  GOOD LUCK!



  1. Terri Moore says:

    I have a jar of change in my kitchen. I would trade them in for Starbucks gift cards.

  2. rod jackson says:

    I would turn our giant penny jar into cash.

  3. Mia says:

    I’d use it to get some cash from my piggy bank.

  4. Kim Henrichs says:

    I usually turn it in for coffee money! :)

  5. Jennifer Rote says:

    I turn mine into cash.

  6. heather eg kaufman says:

    I would trade in our change for a Lowes card, we are always doing home improvements!

  7. Mayela says:

    I would trade them in for gift cards.

  8. Rachel Miller says:

    We use Coinstar a lot for jars of change…we use it as a treat for dinner or a movie :)

  9. Elena says:

    I will turn coins into cash

  10. Cynthia R says:

    I’ve got a huge jug of change I need to bring in, maybe i’ll get a gift card to amazon or something.

  11. Linda Szymoniak says:

    Cash It’s Christmas in just two days and I still need to buy a couple of gifts.

  12. Candice says:

    I would use it for all our loose change, and use it to buy a Starbucks card.

  13. Carmen V. says:

    I would use it at the grocery store. With kids it always seems that I’m picking up a gallon of milk.

  14. Lisa R says:

    I am going to use it for gas money for all the holiday traveling

    sibabe64 at ptd dot net

  15. Emily says:

    To get rid of my change!

  16. Jessie C. says:

    I would use it get cash for holiday shopping.

  17. Nancy says:

    Coinstar would be great to use for an eCertificate to!

  18. Nancy says:

    I commented on your post: Friends and Tamales: A Love Story.

  19. Karen Koval says:

    Love your blog.

  20. Pam H. says:

    I’ll be using Coinstar so that I can have cash on hand.

  21. Liberty Thompson says:

    My husband and I have a jar in our bedroom full of coins and we just sent it off to a Coinstar and we came back with over $200! I will be using it to upgrade my blender so I will be able to make more tasty smoothies.

  22. latanya says:

    to turn my coins into cash

  23. Sacha Schroeder says:

    We save our change for a while and then cash it in for a rainy day of fun. Like a movie day.

  24. Allyson says:

    My son loves going to Coinstar and seeing the money add up! I bought stock in Coinstar years ago because I loved it so much!

  25. Debi F. says:

    I have a Crown Royal sack that I put my change in and I cash it it at the Coinstar at my HEB. I cash in about every 3 months and we use it for a special weekend activity.

  26. Carrie Phelps says:

    I would use it to turn in my change!

  27. TawndaM says:

    CoinStar makes it so easy to convert all that bulky change you have lying about (including the change you find on the sidewalk… hint, hint, grab that penny!) into the things you want or need

  28. Linda Trinklein says:

    I would love to cash in our piggy banks with coin star, and use it to pay holiday bills!! thanks

  29. christina moore says:

    I use it at my grocery store to cash in my change

  30. T.J. Wallace says:

    I would turn my coins into cash!

  31. Danielle E. says:

    I’d use it to change my penny jar into amazon Gift card

  32. Lauren Becker says:

    Love Coinstar. I usually cash in when I need money for a gift or to do something fun, like go out to eat.

  33. Jennifer T. says:

    I’d get a Starbucks giftcard with my loose change.

  34. jo says:

    gas for the motorcycles for our summer vacation we do this every year

  35. sherry butcher says:

    I’v used Coinstar for cash to include in a card for a gift. The bank here does not have a coin couinting machine so we’d have to roll everything,

  36. JoeyfromSC says:

    I”d use it to cash in all my change(alot! lol) and get a giftcard to use on houshold supplies..Thanks for the chance to win!

    Joey J.

  37. Paula V says:

    I’d turn my coins into cash for grocery items.

  38. Holly Thomas says:

    I used it to get a Nikon Camera from Amazon.

  39. Brooke says:

    I’ll be using Coinstar to get rid of my coins in the car and my change purse, and I’ll be exchanging it for a Starbucks card!!

  40. Kim Pinch says:

    I use coin star for amazon cards to buy books for my kindle.

  41. Chris Martinez says:

    I use coinstar with my amazon account…works great!

  42. Deana Garay says:

    I use coinstar to treat the family for a little splurging every now and then :)

  43. rebeka deleon says:

    i will be using coin star to get some last minute stocking stuffers for my kids.

  44. i would turn our coin bucket into cash.

  45. Betty says:

    I use Coinstar to first … clear out the accumulated coins. And then I usually put them into Amazon where they sit waiting for a great online deal.

  46. KJ Skib says:

    We would be cashing in the piggy bank.

  47. rita leonard says:

    I would trade my coins on for a Amazon Gift Card

  48. Susan Christy says:

    I need to get rid of the several coin jars I have and would get a Starbucks gift card so I can have a few more Pumpkin Lattes before they quit serving them for the season.

  49. kim burnett says:

    Cashing in all the change that accumulates in the bottom of my purse!

  50. Michele Animali says:

    I have too much loose change around my house.

  51. Madeline says:

    I’d trade in my coins for a Starbucks gift card!

  52. Kathy Shriver says:

    I use coinstar for end of month money.

  53. Jennifer Rogers says:

    I would be using Coinstar to cash in for birthdays and Christmas presents for family!

  54. I’ve never used a Coinstar before but I know the grocery store I go to most has one so I’ll have to try it! I’ll be wrangling up my change to plant my garden this year. I want to start an herb garden.

    Sarah Fischer

  55. Shannon says:

    Drive through money!

  56. Paula Gardner says:

    All the change that my family dumps in the bottom of my purse.

  57. Danielle T says:

    i save up my coins to cash in for breakfast treats!

  58. Margaret Smith says:

    We save all our change in a big jar and during the summer, we usually cash it in for spending money for vacation.

  59. Rhonda G says:

    I would cash in my change jar and get a restaurant card with the money

  60. I would cash in my coin jar!

  61. ethel dandrea says:

    to finish off purchasing my Christmas gifts.

  62. Kelly D says:

    I would cash in my change for grocery shopping.

  63. angie says:

    Use if for Amazon cards

  64. Stephanie says:

    I’m gonna make my boyfriend use coinstar to cash in all of his piles of change! He has got to have atleast $200!

  65. Laurel Simmons says:

    My sons piggy bank to turn all those coins into cash!

  66. Jessica Fortner says:

    Every year I save my loose change in a box and then cash it in at Coinstar at one time.

  67. Cynthia C says:

    I would use it to clear the coin clutter off my dresser.

  68. Kim H says:

    My husband always saves change and always ask for Lowes cards for Christmas….I bet he will pick Lowes

  69. Ann Fantom says:

    I put my Coinstar money in my daughter’s college fund

  70. Tarah says:

    To count our spare change to add to our son’s piggy bank

  71. Tracie Trump says:

    weekend getaway

  72. Suzanne K says:

    I’ll be using Coin Star for gift cards for my college daughter

  73. Seyma Shabbir says:

    I will let the kids have what change I collect for toys

  74. Connie Lee says:

    My husband throws in loose change in a can everyday. I can use Coinstar to count up the change.

  75. Ashley Fryer says:

    I would put the cash toward a vacation.

  76. Rebecca Graham says:

    I would cash in my coin bucket.

  77. Brandy Davis says:

    I have a huge old plastic water bottle we use for our change, will be using coinstar on that : )

  78. miranda says:

    I would use this to collect change for a vacation to Disney World

  79. Peggy Rydzewski says:

    I have a change jar and when it fills I take them to coin star for restaurant gift cards.

  80. denise says:

    I’ll use it to get money off my boyfriend.

  81. Anitra says:

    The money in my kids’ banks.

  82. Carol Mclemore says:

    So i can turn my change jar into cash the easy way.

  83. we use coinstar every year after the holidays to convert change into gift cards or cash! ty for the giveaway!

    jenn @ hello, rigby!

  84. mary gardner says:

    I’ll be using it for all of the loose change that has collected in the ash tray of my car!

  85. Pat B says:

    I have a jug full of coins that I need to get rid of

  86. Christy DuBois says:

    I use it for my jar of change to buy treats while on vacation.

  87. I would definitely turn mine into cash so I can put it away and actually attempt to start SAVING!
    Thank you for this awesome giveaway :)

  88. Dawn Ganey says:

    Easy way to get rid of my change.

  89. melina r says:

    I will be using coinstar to change a big jar of pennies to dollar bills. I like the concept of getting the gift cards with no fee but cash helps out better than a gift card at times.

  90. mary j says:

    I like Amazon gift certificates

  91. Katherine says:

    Change our gallon jug for vacation money

  92. Audra O'Hara says:

    I could probably clean out enough coins from my car to warrant a trip to use Coinstar. Much easier than rolling change in the little paper rollers!

  93. Crystal F says:

    I would use it for cash. We usually put change away for a rainy day. thank you!

  94. Laura J says:

    Oh I would maybe use it for a fun pizza and movie night for the family!

  95. Lauren E. says:

    we have a huge change jar thats pretty filled right now. I would use coinstar for that

  96. Dani says:

    I will be using it to get Amazon codes from my spare change.

  97. Danielle says:

    To buy gift certificates for special occasions like birthdays and Christmas

  98. Jessica H. says:

    We save up change all year long to use as a little extra cushion when I am not working in the summer. Having that around can be a blessing when you need it.

  99. christine jessamine says:

    I would love to use this towards gift certificates

  100. jennifer says:

    We use it to cash the change from our swear jar!

  101. Helga says:

    I use it for donating money.

  102. Monique Rizzo says:

    Amazon Cards.
    Thanks for the chance.

  103. Anthony says:

    I would use it for gas

  104. Mary Casper says:

    for all my excess change, it really adds up

  105. I turn in my change and put it in my kids’ savings accounts!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  106. Lisa V. says:

    I would use it to turn my coins into bills.

  107. MD Floyd says:

    I would use it to inspire me to save more!

  108. Melissa Nagy says:

    I would use this to take my change to the bank to deposit. It adds up quick.

  109. richelle bowers says:

    I have a can full of change that I would use. make it into bills and put into my savings

  110. Melissa L. says:

    I will be using Coinstar to save for next year’s Christmas. Thanks for the giveaway!

  111. Susan Smith says:

    I would cash in my piggy banks with Coin star, and use it to pay holiday bills

  112. Carolsue says:

    I would use it to buy gift cards with for upcoming birthdays
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  113. Bo says:

    I would use it as a way to get rid of our change!

  114. Erica C. says:

    We could use it for gift cards for holiday presents.

  115. melissa Resnick says:

    we always cash in before summer vaca

  116. beth shepherd says:

    I would change my change into gift cards.

  117. Marianna says:

    To cash in the change jar in the laundry for vacation fund!

  118. Tina Demarco says:

    i use coin star for gift cards!

  119. Daniel M says:

    for some amazon codes

  120. Deb C says:

    I use Coinstar for a treat for myself, although last time, there was so much that I got a Lowe’s gift card and bought something for the house.

  121. Angela Cisco says:

    I save my change all year for Christmas but usually end up dipping from it half way through the year.

  122. Denise C says:

    I turn in all my change to Coinstar about every other month and get an Amazon gift card without any service charge :)

  123. joseph gersch says:

    i will get some cash back for dinner out

  124. Janice Crespo says:

    When the jar gets full we head to coinstar and get Amazon credits ;) Handy dandy!

  125. paula peterson says:

    I’m a single mom so I use for milk, bread and things of that sort

  126. Terry Cover says:

    Several Jars that have filled in past 20 years, neither one of us carry change and always empty pockets and change purse when we get home.

  127. Lynne says:

    I will be turning it into Amazon gift cards….my husband needs a helmet, now that he got a bicycle!

  128. Rebecca Peters says:

    I save up my change all year for Christmas

  129. debbie says:

    I’d get the change lurking in our house and trade it in for a Amazon gift code.

  130. farrah williams says:

    i put change in a jar through out the year and then get cash at coinstar to take with us on our summer vacation.

  131. Nicole D. says:

    I have a huge jar of change…I could use that money towards my next bill payment!

  132. em says:

    Love Coinstar! I used to go all the time in high school to cash in my coins. I have a jar filling up that I would use towards a gift card to Amazon.

  133. Robin says:

    I would like to cash out my piggy bank and put the money in a savings account

  134. Allan says:

    I would use it to count loose change.

  135. My daughter has been collecting our loose change into a coin bank. We’d take it to Coinstar and cash it in for a Toys R’ Us gift card so she could pick out a toy :)

  136. susan smoaks says:

    I will turn it into amazon gift card to buy dog treats and coffee!

  137. justin salinas says:

    To cash in my step sons coins he collects.

  138. Shane says:

    I would use it to turn the bags of random coins we have into cash.

  139. laurie says:

    I have a jar of money I put all my change in it and I need to take it their any turn it in and see how much is their

  140. Laurana H says:

    I would probably turn it into an Amazon gift card. I’m saving up credit with them to buy a treadmill.

  141. Karrie Millheim says:

    I would use for Gift Cards

  142. Karen M says:

    I would cash my change in at Coinstar and use it as spending money on our next vacation. Thanks,

  143. Kim Reid says:

    I will cash in my jar of pennies for an Amazon code to buy books!

  144. Rhonda A says:

    We have a coin jar that we keep in our kitchen that mom, dad and kids put all the coins they find in the car and around the house into that we use for family outings

  145. Valerie S says:

    Since CoinStar is at the grocery store, after I have my change counted I use the cash to reduce my grocery bill.

  146. Diana C says:

    I will be using it to clear out all the jars of coins around the house. It should be worth at least ten dollars if not more!

    Diana C

  147. Janet says:

    I have too many jars of coins around the house

  148. Sarah L says:

    Put on Paypal and buy something online.
    Thanks for the contest.



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