A part of “starting over” is planning for the future too, I’ve discovered. I’ve used the Coinstar machine in the past just to turn all the change I found (in my vehicle, in my laundry room, in my couch, on the ground, etc.) in order to turn in to paper cash, which I then turned around and bought groceries with or gasoline to get to work. Coinstar machines have helped SO many people.

They used to only dispense tickets that a person would then take to the Customer Service Desk (our local machine was at Kroger’s, if you couldn’t tell). Now, they dispense SO much more versatility. Customers can turn coins into charitable donations, or an eGift card, or Cryptocurrency.

So, what is Cryptocurrency? According to, this is the definition:

A digital currency in which transactions are verified and records maintained by a decentralized system using  cryptography, rather than by a centralized authority.


Simply put, cryptocurrency is digital tokens the people “pay” to each other via the Internet, that are not controlled by banks. Some types of crypto are limited, which increase Coinstar can turn coins into the following types of cryptocurrency: Bitcoin, Dogecoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, USD Coin, Chainlink, Stellar, and Polygon.

Turning a few coins into Crypto, can grow into a wonderful investment — affordably and without a lot of money, initially, continuing to grow it by pennies — but it could grow to be A LOT more tomorrow!

NOTE: Next Friday, May 19, 2023, there will be a Part II to the Crypto “investing” education! Stay tuned!