UPDATE – July 16, 2010 – Wayne confirmed that there’s still a coin counting machine (that, as below, takes a 10% commission) at the SuperValu at Commercial and 1st.
Speaking of pennies, I have a largish bowl next to my wallet-keys-watch-ring dish. when I come home, my spare change (minus loonies and toonies, which go in another bowl) goes into the bowl. Every six months or so, the bowl fills up.
In the past when that happened, I’d head up to the Safeway in the (ironically named) City Centre Mall at Cambie and 12th. They had a Coinstar machine. You dump your change in the machine, the machine counts and sorts, takes 10% for itself, and gives you a receipt for the rest. You go to one of the tills, and turn the receipt into cold, hard cash.
I headed up there the other day with my bucket of coinage, and discovered that the machine was gone.
Coinstar apparently no longer serves the Canadian market (at least they don’t have any other machines near me). I’m a lazy bastard, and don’t want to sort and roll the coins myself. What alternatives (aside from, you know, giving them charity, which is an option I suppose) do I have?