Is It Worth The Money?
Each of the last three times I've been in a grocery store, I've seen people using the CoinStar machine to cash in a bag or jar of change. It seems like a lot more than usual. But I guess it is almost the end of the month and folks are hard up... understandable about why they would cash in coins, but why are they paying 10% as a service charge? We save our coins up in a gallon glass jug, and cash it in when it gets near full. It's typically about $250-$300. I would never think of dumping it in a CoinStar machine and paying $25-$30 bucks for a few minutes of convenience... Especially if I was so hard up that I NEEDED to cash in my change. As far as I know, banks will still give a customer free paper rolls. I have a little plastic coin stacking rack that we use that makes it super easy. I think I paid $5 or so for it years ago.
Is there a more useful item to keep on hand in the truck tool box? They are so much more versatile than bungee cords for large items (not to mention safer - ever had a bungee cord snap loose and come back to hit you?) and far easier to get tight than rope. You can secure loads of trash going to the dump. You can keep that new furniture (or gun safe) upright in the back to bring it home. You can keep the generator from sliding around when you take it in for service. In a complete Without Rule of Law (WROL) situation, you can use it to secure captured looters (although handcuffs would probably work better). If you don't have any, you really ought to get several in a variety of sizes. Today I used one to secure my grill in the back of the truck to take to work for an end of summer cookout.
The Latest On Isaac
Isaac is a slow moving Cat 1 Hurricane as he moves to make landfall near the Mississippi/Louisiana border. They said a little while ago that the storm surge could involve two consecutive high tides because he is so slow. A lot of heavy rain and long term high winds make for a big risk for trees to come down. If you are in the area, be careful and alert, and let us know how you fare.