I’ve never been one to pay for things that I can easily do myself, so I’ve always rolled my own spare change rather than cashing it in at a Coinstar machine. But according to a commercial that I saw the other day, you can now have Coinstar count your change without the service fee, which runs close to 10%. There is, however, a catch… You have to take your cash in the form of an Amazon.com gift certificate. Actually, after a bit of digging, I discovered that you can avoid the coin-counting fee by opting for gift cards from a number of other merchants, as well, including Borders, Hollywood Video, Linens ‘n Things, Pier 1 Imports, and Starbucks. So if you’re too lazy to count your own coins, and too cheap to pay a fee, consider getting a gift card from a Coinstar machine.
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