Do you save your change? I have several bowls around the house in which to collect the stray coins that I find in various places. Usually, I try to leave them until I have quite a few to cash in. My change really comes in handy when I need money to pay a bill or if something unexpected comes up. The bad part is having to count and roll the change. What is sad is that my bank “says” they do not have a machine to count the change so I have to roll it. Several months ago, I started using Coinstar kiosks.
Coinstar kiosks are a great way to cash in your change without having to count it yourself. Coinstar has several options in which to cash in your change. You can get it in cash, gift card, donate it to charity or add it to your PayPal account. Yes, you read that right. You can add it to PayPal AND you can even withdraw money from PayPal.
Being a longtime PayPal user, I have relied on PayPal to receive payments for many of my online money making endeavors. The thing that is hard for me is if I really need my money and cannot wait for it to be transferred to your bank account. I don’t normally have that problem since I have a PayPal debit card but many people do not have a debit card they can use to withdraw funds.
When I heard about Coinstar being able to deposit funds to my PayPal account, I decided to try it out. We were planning a visit to my stepson’s house and we needed to buy a few snacks for the trip. We went to our local Brookshire’s since it is one of my favorite places to shop. I printed my list and gathered up my change to try out the PayPal option at the Coinstar kiosk. The kiosk, located in the front of the store is easily visible with its brightly colored display.
There is a cute little sign on the kiosk that says, “PayPal now lives here”. Since I had already decided to deposit it into my PayPal account, I chose the PayPal option on the screen. I was then asked to enter my email address that is associated with my account. Once my account was verified, it was time to add the change. Caden helped me get the change into the little basket to begin the sorting. He excitedly watched as the change continued to add up. By the time it was through counting, we had $50.38 worth of change to add to my account. It took a few seconds to process the transaction. Unfortunately for me, the screen popped up a message that there was an error and I would get a receipt to take to the service desk to get my money. I was a little disappointed that it did not work but I understand that sometimes in our vast world of technology, there will be a glitch here and there. I do look forward to trying it again when I get some more change saved up. I have a feeling I will be using the withdraw feature at some point in time too. I have gone to town several times in the past few months and left my wallet at home. I live 22 miles from town and it is not economically feasible for me to drive all the way home just to get my wallet.
All-in-all, my experience was a pleasant one. Even though there was an error, I was still able to get my money. I have always had good experiences with both Coinstar and PayPal. I am happy to have the option to cash out funds from Paypal or add funds to Paypal via Coinstar. It is nice to know I can access PayPal without having to have my debit card.
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I have been paid (at Coinstar’s request) to try and blog about Coinstar’s products/services as part of a Collective Bias shopper insights study. All opinions are my own.”