If you’ve got a pile of coins and have no interest in squashing them into bankable rolls, dumping your loot into a Coinstar machine is tempting, except for the 9 percent counting fee Coinstar swipes. But if you get your money as a gift certificate, instead of cash, there is no fee.
The gift certificate choices include Starbucks, Amazon, iTunes, CVS, Lowe’s, Borders, JCPenney, Regal Entertainment, and Old Navy. Not bad at all.
You can get an extra $5 when you change $30 for a gift card to Rixty, a site that offers credits to pay for online games and ringtones. The Rixty offer is good through Nov. 1, 2009.