Today’s lesson, how to turn loose change into a weekend with the stars. We began with two tickets to The Hollywood Show in Burbank. This month’s special guests were James Darren, Lee Meriwether and Robert Colbert of Time Tunnel. If you know me, you know I’m a huge fan of anything Irwin Allen so this was one show we couldn’t miss.
The show was held at the Burbank Marriott, which of course made me think Coinstar. You know Coinstar, those green machines at the grocery store that automatically count and sort your coins? Did you also know that if you turn your coins in for a Marriott eTravel Card, there’s no fee. That means you get every penny back to spend on rooms, meals, even spa treatments at any Marriott.
I took my change with me when I went grocery shopping, so I didn’t even have to make a special trip. I dumped all the change I found in the car, the bottom of my purse, and in my husband’s pockets into the special tray and Coinstar did the rest. It sorted and counted the money, even removed the extra lint from that pocket and gave me my total. I chose Marriott from the list of gift card options and seconds later I had the gift voucher in my hand. No mailing it in. No waiting. Instant money to use on our trip. And listen, I’m sure the people at the hotel’s front desk would rather have a single paper voucher than a bag full of dirty coins. . . I’m just saying. . .
After settling in to some sweet digs, we hit the show. The oh-so-handsome James Darren was kind enough to pose for a picture with my husband and I. Then we chatted with Lee Meriwether who looked marvelous in orange (Grr. . I didn’t get a photo) and finally, with Robert Colbert who is one of the happiest fellows I’ve ever met. We brought a rare photo from City Beneath the Sea for him to sign and he liked it so much, he took a picture of the picture!
After all that excitement, we went back to the hotel to have lunch. Delicious 4-cheese mac and cheese with bacon. Yummy! Then it was back to the ballroom for more encounters with the stars.
I see loose change as found money and found money should always go toward a sweet treat, like an overnight stay at a glamorous hotel after spending the day hobnobbing with the stars. Thanks Coinstar and Marriott for making it so easy.
Coinstar Marriott Gift Card Giveaway
Want to embark on your own sweet treat weekend? I’m giving away a $100 Marriott eTravelCard voucher from Coinstar. You can spend it on your room or use it to buy dinner or spa treatments, even play golf at any one of more than 3,000 participating locations.
All you have to do is leave a comment about where you’d like to go for the weekend (or longer!)
Deadline to enter: October 19 at midnight PST
US only, one entry per household
Winners will be notified by email and must respond within 72 hours to claim your prize or a new winner will be chosen. Voucher is only good for services at Marriott and cannot be redeemed for cash.
Note: Coinstar and Marriott have paid me to blog about their products/service. All opinions are my own.
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