You can do a TON with a few spare quarters. Whether you’re looking to use quarters to feed the parking meter, buy your favorite vending machine snack, or get quarters for laundry, they are about the handiest thing you can carry. However, in the age of online shopping and Apple Pay, any spare change, quarters or otherwise, can often feel few and far between. Unless you pay cash and receive change in-person, this quarter dilemma may leave you wondering where you can score some quarters of your own. Here’s what you need to know.
Will My Bank Give Me Quarters? Only “My” Bank?
You can definitely get quarters from your own bank.
However, it is hit or miss if you try to exchange cash for quarters at any bank where you DON’T have an account.
To make everyone’s life easier, rolls of quarters are worth $10 each.
So, try to exchange a $10 bill or any multiple of 10 to exchange to the bank teller if you want multiple rolls of quarters.
If you are trying to get quarters at your bank, simply go straight to the bank teller and explain your request that you want to exchange cash for the value of quarters you want.
However, if you are going to a bank in which you don’t have an account, you can still go up to the bank teller and ask if you can exchange cash for quarters; however, don’t be surprised if they decline your request.
Other Than a Bank, Where Can I Get Quarters?
There are various places you can go to get quarters than simply a bank.
The following list includes common places you can get quarters:
Grocery Store: Ask the cashier when checking out.
Fast Food Restaurants: Ask the cashier when paying for your order.
Arcades: Exchange cash for coins at the change machine.
Gas Stations: Ask the cashier when checking out.
Pharmacies: Ask the cashier when checking out.
Laundromats: Exchange cash for coins at the change machine.
Soda Machine: Many older machines can’t dispense paper bills for change, so you can expect some quarters instead.
Also, some places that have drive-thrus like a fast food chain or pharmacy will likely also be willing to make the exchange from cash to quarters, never hurts to ask.
You can even buy rolls of quarters online on platforms like Amazon, eBay, and Etsy.
Yet, be aware you’ll likely be paying more money to buy rolls of quarters online rather than just exchanging at a bank or other place in-person for equal value.
Can I Get Quarters at a Grocery Store?
You can get quarters at a grocery store; however, don’t expect to get a large quantity or rolls of quarters as you would at a bank.
That being said, if you are looking for a dollar or two’s worth of quarters, ask the cashier if you can exchange a couple of dollars for some quarters.
How About Quarters from Drugstores Like CVS?
You can certainly get quarters at CVS, Rite-Aid, Walgreens and other pharmacies.
However, you’ll typically be unable to get full $10 rolls of quarters.
Yet, it is worth checking out CVS or another nearby pharmacy like Walgreen or Rite-Aid if you need some quarters.
How About Walmart, Costco Or Target?
You can typically get quarters at big-box stores like Walmart, Target, or Costco.
Either go to the customer service counter OR ask to exchange some cash for quarters when you head to checkout at the cash register.
Similar to your local grocery store or pharmacy, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to get a large number of quarters at Walmart, Costco, or Target.
Therefore, if you need multiple rolls of quarters, head to your bank.
Do Most Laundry Mats Offer Quarters?
Laundry mats are another great place to consider if you need some quarters.
You can get quarters from the laundry mat’s change machine.
While you may be able to get a few dollars worth of quarters, if you need multiple rolls of quarters, consider going to a bank.
Ask the Reader: Did I miss any obvious places where you can easily get quarters when you’re in a bind? Let me know in the comments.
By Kyle James