Monday, March 26, 2012

{Guest Post} Smith Brothers Blog: Turn your change into more with #NoFeeCoinstar at Bi-Lo! Thanks #CollectiveBias

Check out how these two amazing bloggers in the making from the Smith Brothers Blog used change they collected to give back to their community with the help of Coinstar!
The Smith Brother Blog is a blog that my boys started over the weekend to highlight the life of 10 & 12 year old brothers living in the house with me, their nearly obsessed SOCIAL MEDIA Mama and a Daddy that stays as far away from social media as humanly possible.  
Well, we were all invited by Collective Bias to participate in a great  program at BI-LO  in conjunction with COINSTAR and the boys  jumped at the opportunity-
We had every intention of doing this shopportunity for Collective Bias on Friday (school was out), but the day got away from us after spending lunch with brother, my mama, auntie, niece, nephew and brothers girlfriend– it was just too late to slide in another Friday project so we moved it to the Sunday schedule.  Our Sunday usually is church, dinner at Mama’s and fun outside on the big boy toys like the 4 wheeler and dirt bike.

This Sunday we added in going to BILO in Union, SC to use the COINSTAR machine with a pencil box of change.   Union is a bit of a drive for us, so it was great for a Sunday because you don’t want to be on one of the two-lane roads behind a school bus during the week!  We know, we live in the country, but this was the real country! We loved seeing lots of green pastures, cows, donkeys and more!

Not sure if you know,  but you can use the COINSTAR machine and there isn’t a fee if you convert your change into gift cards or e-giftcards.  You may wonder,  what can kids get from a grocery store that they really want?  Well, since it was “just change”,  they didn’t really think it was worth taking to the bank, therefore,  it was easy to talk them into just simply turning them into the machine.

They always ask,  "Can we use that green machine to count the money?" 
and I used to say, "That thing charges you 9.8% to count that money!"   
Colby would say,  "Never mind,"  
Camryn would say,  "Let’s do it!"

Needless to say, it wasn’t ever done until Sunday!  We learned that they could get a BI-LO gift card and bring it back over and over with the change they add with no fee— they are saving up for groceries to donate.  Colby is in a group at school called S.O.S. that is always involved in Community Service events so this will allow them to be able to add can goods and other non-perishable foods to the stock at school or donate to a family.

Check out our photo journey down to Union, SC 

From the Smith Brothers Blog

“I have been paid (at Coinstar’s request) to try and blog about Coinstar’s products/services as part of a Collective Bias shopper insights study. All opinions are my own.”  This Coinstar machine is located in Union, SC.  #CBias  #NoFeeCoinstar

1 comment:

  1. Love that these boys are using their spare change to help others in their community! That's fantastic :)


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