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  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
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  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

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Here is a great incentive to save up your extra change.  If you use Coinstar machines to turn your change into cash, think about getting gift cards instead.  If you choose to convert the coins into a gift card to various retailers you will not be charged any fee (if you choose to convert to cash you are charged a 9.8% fee).

Through December though it gets even better.  If you have $40 in change you can convert it into a gift card to participating retailers and get a $10 bonus card!

Participating retailers are:

iTunes
Lowes
Borders
Rixty or Regal Cinemas

When you turn in your change, a promo code will print out at the bottom of your receipt. Enter it online and your $10 bonus card will come in the mail. Get more details here.

Find a Coinstar Kiosk in your area.

    • Liz

      Amazon.com will join the free $10 also on the 9th. :o)

    • Beth Anne

      Almost worth going to the bank and getting $40 in quarters for this deal! ;)

      • Rebecca

        I was just thinking the same thing. We totally need blinds for the bedroom, Lowe's here we come, LOL!

      • Livserge331

        That's what I considered doing a couple of years ago when they were doing this promotion with Amazon gift cards!

    • jessc5

      This sounds AWESOME! I was needing an iTunes card anyway!

    • Deb

      According to the website, Amazon gift cards will be included in the deal starting Dec 9, so if you don't need any of the current ones, you might want to hold on to your change until Thursday

    • ireneY

      Dang! DH just spent an hour yesterday rolling coins. He may get a little upset if I unrolled them to cash in on this deal. :)

      Anyone used the machines before? Last time I tried it, there wasn't a gift card option. Did I miss something?

      • G8rLeslie

        I just went to Wal-Mart and their machine was for cash only (no eGiftcards). I then went to Food Lion. Their machine offered eGiftcards (just piece of paper printed – no plastic card). HTH

        • Beth Anne

          Go to Coinstar's website and search for machines with the gift card option. :)

    • sandra

      do you still have to lose the whatever% to coinstar? like 8% or something?

      • Jaime

        Hey, it's Jaime from Coinstar – when you get the Gift Cards or e-Certificates, there is NO fee at all. Hope this helps!

        • Corrine R.

          Jaime, Amazon.com was listed this morning as starting 12/6. I read the fine print and everything. I took my coins and went back to the site to put my code in for the $10 bonus and see the start date for amazon has changed to 12/9. What happened? and is there anything I can do?

        • Lr_marsh

          So Coinstar does not charge a fee to turn your coins into dollars? Plus they give you a free gift card?

          • jennicolerob

            No! After you have put all your change in it will ask you if you want cash or a gift card. If you choose cash it will charge you a fee. If you choose gift card then there is no fee.

    • karen

      Do you get $10 for every $40 in one transaction or do you have to do separate for each $40 you have in coins. I probably have $300 worth of change.

      • Rae

        On Lowes info page it looks like you only get ONE $10 card per promo code/name and address. So only one $10 card :(
        Please someone correct me if this is wrong.

      • Rebecca

        if you did it $40- at a time, you could send $10- bonus gift cards as holiday gifts to relatives. wouldn't cost you anything other than the time it takes to enter their address and the code at the bottom of each printout. just a thought

    • Leslie Baker222

      Before you lug in ALL your coins into any coinstar (like I did) make sure your store who has a coinstar machine is participating in this program. I took all my coins home, went to their website and still could not find out what machines in Tallahassee honored gift cards. I had to call Coinstar to find out (none of the Coinstar machines in Tallahassee participate in this program :(. Needless to say, I lugged all my coins back and exchanged them for cash at a rate of 9%.

      • Jaime

        Leslie, if you check on our site at http://locator2.coinstar.com you can find all of the locations that will serve you with e-certificates and gift cards. Thanks!

        Jaime @ Coinstar

    • Jennifer C.

      Thanks Jenny! We thought we had about $50 in coins, but we actually had $150!!! We were able to finish almost all our Christmas shopping by buying giftcards for people. I love your website!

      Jennifer

    • christa

      Can you take the Coinstar printout to the store and use it there or is it only online?

    • Rebeccauwf

      Does anyone know if you have to do $40 on one card, or could I do 4/$10 g.c.'s and still get the bonus card?

    • Kristi

      I did this deal last year at a Coinstar in my local Kroger for the Amazon deal. Was disappointed that Amazon was not in the list year. I went to the website to review this years requirements, and clicked on the Amazon heading just to see what it says. It says they will be joining the current promotion on 12/9/10. Assuming this is the $10 bonus card. Will wait til 12/9 to see.

    • Kat1890

      I just clicked over to the Coinstar site, then clicked Amazon. It stated that Amazon's promotion would start 12/9 and the $10 credit “can be applied to toys and games”. I was planning to apply at much as I could to a Kindle.

    • jessc5

      Coinstar has TERRIBLE customer service!!!!! The machine would not my nickles after multiple tries, then closed out the amount for my gc for $32! I HAD the money…all $40 bucks of it, but the machine would not take it. So now I am not able to get the addition $10 card. The manager of the store called to report the machine malfunction and tell them my issue. He was told I was out of luck! I called when I got home and was told the same! IT WAS THEIR MACHINES' FAULT!!! Yet I am the one being penalized!!!

    • Toni

      Jessica,
      Thanks for the FYI. I was going to cash in my change for an Amazon.com gift card, but if trusting this Coinstar company to keep their promise is going to be like playing a game of roulette, no way am I going to do business with them. The issue here is whether or not this company is trustworthy. They way they treated you was dishonest. They ought to have been willing to work with you on this. You certainly ought to be able to get the 9.8% charge refunded and you ought to be able to get the gift cards or at least to be able to try using the machine again. Did you get a receipt? If so, that would prove you inserted $32-worth; they should let you insert another $8 worth and then submit to them both receipts in exchange for the 9.8$ refund and the gift cards. Which gift card were you wanting? I plan to complain on your and my behalf to all these companies–and esp. the one you were going to get a gift card for, if you let me know. I don't think these gift card companies would want their names associated in any way with Coinstar if they knew Coinstar was refusing to make good on their offer.