10 Best Places To Find Money When Walking

finding coins on the streetI wrote last year that I like to look for money when I walk around. I find a minimum of $50 a year and would estimate that I clear over $100 most years (in helps living in Japan where they have $1 and $5 coins). I received an email asking me where are the best places to find coins and so here is my top ten list for those who want to try.

Before I begin, let me emphasize that if you are doing this to try and make extra money, it’s not going to work. While it may be hard to understand, it really isn’t about the money. I have had a lot of friends in the past that have heard about how I am able to find money and decide they are going to try it too – and invariably, they come back in a week’s time saying that they haven’t found anything. The truth is, you won’t find anything most days. That being said, if you are not looking, the days that you do find money you probably wouldn’t had you not been looking. The people that are successful at it view it more as a game and treat it as such.

Another thing is that I am basing these top ten places on my experience living in Japan. While I assume they will convert pretty well to those living in other countries, there are bound to be some slight differences — one of which is I walk a lot more in Japan than I ever do in the US (thus increasing my chances of finding money). And without further ado, here are the top 10 places I find money:

10. Sidewalks: Most people don’t look at the sidewalk when they walk. It’s surprising the number of people that walk by money simply because they never have seen it. Keep your eyes on the sidewalk when walking and you are sure to find some coins.

9. Gutters: This may apply to countries where there are a lot of people that ride scooters like in Japan, but at least for me, walking on the edge of the sidewalk so that I can also see the gutter will increase the chances of me finding money.

8. Intersections / Crosswalks: I’m always on the lookout for money when crossing the street. For some reason, it seems to gather here more than on the sidewalks and gutters along the main portion of the street.

7. Train / Subway Stations: Public transportation stations are a good place to find fallen coins. People are taking out money to buy tickets and invariable a coin drops to the ground here and there.

6. Telephones: This used to be a great place to find coins and would have been much higher on the list if I had written it 5 years ago, but with everyone now carrying around a cell phone, it’s becoming harder to find coins around phone booths. Still, it’s worth a look since money does drop and people do forget the coins they are feeding into the phone from time to time.

5. Stores: People are at stores to buy things so they are taking money out of their pockets to pay for items they want. Coins get dropped and not all of them get found. Keep your eyes open along the sides and corners and you will find a stray coin from time to time.

4. Parking Lots: If I have an opportunity to cut through a parking lot, I don’t do it to save time or distance, but to look for coins. Parking lots are one of the better places to find coins.

3. Self Pay Parking Machines: I always pay special attention when I walk past a parking lot that has a self pay machine as the person is exiting. People are leaning out the window putting coins into the machine and sometimes a coin drops. Most of the time when this happens, the person isn’t going to get out of their car and look underneath it for the coin. Instead, they will write it off as a loss and just leave. When this happens and the timing is right, that coin will become mine.

2. Around Vending Machines: There are a huge number of vending machines in Japan and simply looking around them will provide you with a bunch of coins over a year’s time. This is especially true in winter when it’s cold outside and people are wearing gloves (I find far more coins in winter than I do in summer). They don’t have a feel for the coins and are more likely to drop one without noticing. I’m sure I could find even more if I was willing to look under the vending machines (they even make special tools in Japan for people to do that), but I stand out enough as a 6 foot 3 inch Caucasian in Japan, the prospect of standing out more by digging under vending machines has kept me from doing so.

1. Vending Machine Return Coin Slots: The place I find by far the most coins is in the coin return slots of vending machines. Luckily, most of them are clear plastic so you can see into them without getting down and reaching to feel around. As mentioned above, winter is the best time as people are often wearing gloves and don’t feel the coins they leave behind.

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64 Responses to 10 Best Places To Find Money When Walking

  1. Vegas Money Collector says:

    I am sure this doesn’t benefit many of you, but living in Las Vegas, I literally just walk the strip, go into every casino and Look all over the floor, press cash out buttons on machines, sometimes people just drop their paper tickets without cashing them out.

  2. theguywhothisarticleisatramp says:

    your a tramp

  3. simranjit says:

    You can find money in the park on the grass.

  4. Megan says:

    Ok, I’m sorry if I come off rude, but what if that was your one hundred dollar bill that accidentally fell without you knowing. First of all you are teaching your son bad manners and second that person must of felt absolutely sick to their stomach when they found out. You didn’t even give a second thought about that, did you? There is a huge difference between a couple bucks and someone’s rightfully earned money, that you wasted on some kids stuff.

  5. Lea says:

    if they didn’t know who it belonged to, what are they supposed to do? Judgmental much?

  6. 2 Legit 2 Quit says:

    whoever wrote this is not legit

  7. rackcitychic says:

    Ha..i call it treasure hunting..i always find something..i pick up scratcher lottery tickets..i have found $1 to $50 discarded scratchers…as a passenger in car my eyes are peeled lok searching roadside..curbside..parkin lits etc.. oh the casino..thecasino..found a wallet all tore up completely empty except 4 $100 dollar bills…check cigarette packs for sure..$280 in one at a bar parking lot…gold rings found on ground..backpacks purses…bags from store with goofs in them…hello people drop stuff all day everyday…show the love ..pay it forward when u can…if u found it..it is yours.. hey el grumpo up top…bitter much…wow..oh look theres a $100 on the ground better leave it their i bet that robin dropped it…lol..

  8. Judge Mental says:

    Not only are you being a little judgmental, but if that person lost a 100, it proves he or she (or they) did not want it bad enough, because if they wanted it bad enough, they wouldn’t have lost it. I’ve NEVER in my life lost a 100. Why? Because I want all my 100’s. And so even if they earned the money, if they didn’t want it bad enough, why should they have it back?

  9. cath says:

    I’m always looking for lost money. I find about $50 a year. It’s there if you just look.

  10. peter says:

    moneys always good, its causes arguments, fights and even wars i for one love robbing people for money. And finding money, well that would prevent a lot of fatallities and will result in a much better crime free countrie so why not let it rain money from the heavens praise the lord, amen.

  11. looooooooooool says:

    Found a $5 bill down the back of a seat in a bar and I also pulled out a small bag of excstasy pills I handed the pills in not the money =))

  12. money says:

    Always look at a football game look in the bleachers.I’ve found 10 coins in a day one time.

  13. Lucky duck says:

    My husband and I went to disney world for our honeymoon we had gotten on one of the roller coasters and stuffed down the side of my seat was 40 dollars rolled up! So keep your eyes open at amusement parks people are always losing money on rides.

  14. GamingNews101 says:

    I live in an apartment so I have a really big parking lot were all the cars park to go to there apartments I mean people don’t really pull out money when getting out of the cars but I still love walking around the huge parking lot in the afternoon
    I don’t find much but its worth it!

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