Monday, April 2, 2012

Convert Your Coins to a Stop & Shop Gift Card #NoFeeCoinstar #Cbias

What do you do with all your coins? Over the years, the amount of coins in our pockets have decreased as we did less cash transactions but we still get a nice amount that we take to the bank a few times a year. Recently I took notice of the Coinstar kiosks at Stop & Shop, and learned of a new feature that you can convert your coins directly into a Stop & Shop gift card that you can use towards your grocery shopping. We usually take our change into our bank that allows us to deposit into our accounts with no fee, but being able to use our change towards my shopping right away sounded great, also with no fee, so that was convenience doubled!
Coinstar visible as I walk in...
I can count on them for fresh produce
I shop at Stop & Shop with my family all the time, it could be a stop to buy some simple snacks or important essentials we depend on like a special diet product they carry, either way we frequent often. One particular location carries a great variety of items that are food allergy friendly which is what brings us back every time, and it does help that they have a great selection of everything else as well as fresh produce too. You can learn more about Stop & Shop on their Facebook page as well. Although we visit at least once a week or two, I have never noticed the Coinstar kiosk available near the entrance until I heard of this feature I was interested in using, even though it is right there ahead of me every time I grab a cart. I brought the "bottle" of coins we had filled up and headed to the Stop & Shop store excited to try it out and apply to our grocery shopping.
Easy, clear on screen instructions
I was excited to see all the signage right on the Coinstar kiosk, but soon found out the option wasn't available yet. I ended up trying out Coinstar anyway since I was already there carrying all our collected coins. I chose to get an Amazon gift card from the many choices, still with no fee and was very pleased with the experience. The screen selections were easy and to the point, it cointed my coins and I was done in no time. You can see whole my experience via a photo story here on Google+. My guess is that the feature is still new so all the kiosks weren't updated yet, but I know I will be looking forward to using #nofeecoinstar when it is for a Stop & Shop gift card, and also when I actually collect enough coins again. :)
Counting coins couldn't be easier
All done
I know I will notice Coinstar every time I see it from now on, and now a fan on Facebook as well as Twitter so I can keep up to date with their latest.  Despite not being able to try out the feature I was interested in, I'm glad I got to try it out.  If you have one near you and haven't tried it out yet, I'd give the #nofeecoinstar a try, there are many choices to choose from.  Have you tried Coinstar before?

*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.


  1. I've used coinstar in the past many times, love it!

  2. We have one in our local grocery store that we use a couple times a year.  We save up change in a huge container for months, and then are able to go cash it in and treat ourselves to a nice dinner or something.

  3. I'm so glad there isn't a fee for this anymore. I remember having to pay to have coins I collected in a jar counted in the past. Pfft.

  4. I really agree!  We do more plastic shopping but the Teen Diva has a part time job that results in a lot of trading with Mom & Dad for bills!  Would be so handy to just take care of them at the grocery, especially with no fee!

  5. i have tried coin star before & i will have to check & see if there is no fee now. last time i used it the grocery store took a fee to change out the money to me!
    anne hill
    calliope_123 at hotmail dot com

  6. There's a coinstar at our supermarket.