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Old 03-03-2015, 12:50 AM
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Interesting day today.

Went to a well-known mall just on the outskirts of the city here (7 miles from us) that still has a watch store I bought my last watchband. Couldn't believe after all this time, the same store/owner had the same style watchband.

Walking through the mall on the way out, hubby says to me, "Look there" and points to a square patch of "grass" (surrounded by cement) that has a couple of huge plants. There's a crisp dollar bill sitting on the edge of the grass. (Too bad it wasn't a $1,000 bill).

Remember when they used to have pay phones? I'd catch the bus in front of a Walgreens downtown after work, and a co-worker/friend and I would "check" the returned money slots just for the heck of it. We'd get free $$ in change that would pay for our bus ride.

Ah, those were the days...

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Old 03-03-2015, 09:47 AM
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I was thirsty one time when we were on vacation and wanted a drink from the vending machine. Mom and dad said no we have one in the camper and is free. I poked the button on the machine and got a free drink, they let me drink it. I would always check vending machines and phone booths.

Forward to the present I have found free money in trash cans of all places especially at county and state fairs. It never bothered me to take it. I still check vending machines but not as often as I use too.
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Old 03-03-2015, 01:53 PM
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LOL... I was tempted to hold up the dollar bill in the mall and ask if anyone lost a $1.00.

I think if it were a $1,000 bill I'd take it to the police station and wait the 30 days. I've found wallets and returned those (intact).

My dad used to find $, almost new watches, etc., in the trash and take those to a pawn shop.

People here where I live have cleaned out old Victorian homes and put valuable items on the curb for trash pick up. DUH!

One time I was in our district police station getting information on a building in my area, when a woman came in with a paper bag with $2,000 in it. She filed the paperwork and was told to come back in 30 days.
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Old 03-04-2015, 01:01 PM
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My friend and I went to the local second hand shop (she hadn't been to the one in my town) she needed snow pants for herself and her little boy needed warm winter clothes for school.

She found a $100 bill in the pockets of a pair of snow pants. She was thrilled. That $100 was stretched for the remainder of the month.


If I ever win the lottery, I made a personal promise to God that I'd be putting some bills in pockets of clothes. I shop there because it's a game for me, I enjoy paying $7 for a $69 pair of work pants, I know my brands and prices, it's the thrill of the hunt.
But others shop there because they need to.

Seeing my friend tear-up at the joy, well that was a shot to my soul. I don't know if someone forgot the *hundred* dollar bill....or if by sheer good deed left it there on purpose. All I know is that it could not have found better hands and my new goal in life is to render myself financially capable of doing that for someone else.
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Old 03-04-2015, 06:46 PM
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The kids at church and the Boy Scouts here do the roadside cleanup thing. They find all kinds of valuable stuff. The biggest one I remember was a $100 bill in the ditch beside the road. I'm too old to do all that bending over!
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Old 03-04-2015, 06:59 PM
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My daughter, who was 9 months pregnant and not working, missing that income (nursing home) was walking in to her OB's office building on a windy day. There were 5 or more people ahead of her when she spotted some cash on the edge of the sidewalk. NO ONE else saw it or picked it up. She slipped it into her pocket, afraid to even look at it.
When she got home she looked, counted it. $200. That really helped when her baby was born very ill, like life flight to major medical center.
She only told me about it last month. Baby well and growing like a zucchini now.
I think that it was the Lord blessing and strengthening her for her upcoming ordeal.
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Old 03-04-2015, 11:39 PM
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The only problem with lost $ is that if it's counterfeit...

There's a yellow pen you can use to check bills. So far been lucky.

I mean, like who loses $100 bills nowadays? (I don't carry cash, generally).
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Old 03-04-2015, 11:43 PM
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Another source of $ is old homes or buildings. If you buy a home, check the baseboards, flooring, etc. (Even kitchen toe-kicks). Where I live I found lots of old newspapers from 1908 that were wrapped around a vac pipe in one of our closets (they had a central vac system here). Big news of the day in one newspaper: "WOMAN GIVES BIRTH IN HORSE-DRAWN WAGON".
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Old 03-05-2015, 01:32 AM
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I was driving one time and spotted a $50 bill in the middle of the road. Country sort of road, I pulled over...yep, definitely a $50. I split it with the lady that was with me. Canadian $50 bills are red, I think that made it easier to spot.
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Old 03-05-2015, 02:09 AM
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Second hand shopping, Bought a used 2 drawer filing cabinet and found a yellow envelope in back with 288 bucks in 1 dollar bills. When to Casino with it in Niagara Falls and first machine won 1800 bucks, I left after that, it paid for my new 64 inch plasma tv.
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Old 03-05-2015, 10:07 AM
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My dad used to pick up pop cans when he'd be working his Go-Kart track. He'd walk the road and pick them up and one time he found $100.00 along the road.
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Old 03-06-2015, 07:30 PM
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Felineman,

Read your post to hubby here. He's impressed.
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Old 03-07-2015, 04:18 AM
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We once were house parents at a children's home. My sweetheart was doing some spring cleaning one day so I had several boxes of refuse to haul to the dumpster.

As I was tossing stuff into the dumpster, a bill caught my eye - turned out to be a hundred dollar bill. It was a reach but I was able to grab it without climbing in too far. As I was reaching in, I saw another one. Then another. By now, I've climbed into to the dumpster and I'm rifling through the trash, finding more and more c-notes. Ended up with over a thousand bucks worth by the time I figured out that they had come from one of the old books she had tossed!

She about fainted when I told her about all the money I had "found." I don't know if that was enough to stop the squirreling habit or not but I look closely before tossing anything these days.
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