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Blogging for Change

New Yorkers chronicling the fortunes found on the streets of the five boroughs



    Blogging for Change
    The streets of NYC are paved with quarters and nickels and pennies and dimes!

    It began innocently enough with a nickel and two pennies. Three years later  Barbara Humphrey' has collected more than $1,000 and kept a running tab of every cent on her blog.

    "I thought, 'Let me start a little blog about finding change,'" the Staten Island woman told the Daily News. "So that first day I found seven cents. The next day I found a dime. Then my husband started finding quarters here and there."

    She enlisted her husband and their two kids, sharing each discovery with the readers of The Changepot .

    Beginning on Columbus Day 2005, the family started dumping their booty in a votive candle holder. They soon moved up to an Utz pretzel jar and then a five-gallon water jug.

    The family has become so dedicated to their endless quest for treasure that they've taken to carrying around hand sanitizer in the event of a less than hygienic discovery, like the penny in the public bathroom sink Barbara once spotted.

    Twelve months later the family deposited $365.50 in the bank.

    Like Humphrey, Mame McCutchin tracks her daily score on Found Money, which she launched in May after finding a twenty and a ten on consecutive days.

    "It's a rare day I don't find anything," she told the Daily News.