Where to Get Quarters: 9 Quick Options

by Manage Money

You’re here because you’re wondering where to find quarters. It used to be easy, but in 2020 a national coin shortage and a global pandemic made finding quarters difficult. If you regularly drive on toll roads, need quarters to pay for a parking meter, or just to do a load of laundry, this can be pretty frustrating. The good news is we know all the right places to find quarters- even if your change jar, piggy bank, and couch cushions are empty:

  • Local Banks and Credit Unions
  • Grocery or Convenience Stores
  • Retail Stores
  • Gas Stations and Pharmacies
  • Fast Food Restaurants
  • Vending Machines
  • Arcades
  • Car Washes and Laundromats
  • Street Performers (Buskers)

Local Banks and Credit Unions

For the most part, local bank branches and credit unions are the best options for finding quarters. One of the benefits is you can find many options close to your home or work- so it’s likely more convenient than some of the other options on our list. For example, there are over 1,220 Bank of America branches in Pennsylvania alone.

A bank teller will usually give you change as a one-time courtesy even if you don’t have a bank account. But if you continuously do it at the same bank without being account holders, they may stop giving you quarters to keep their staff from getting overwhelmed. If you don’t want to open an account, you can improve your chances by going during a less busy time. To check when that is, search the branch on Google maps and check for the busy times.

Your local bank or credit union might even have a coin exchange service (usually located near the teller line). If that’s the case, you’ll be able to receive change without having to bother the staff!

Finally, be sure to bring the right amount of cash in to exchange for a whole roll of quarters. In the case of quarters, that’s $10. Asking for quarters in increments other than $10 means the teller will have to break up their rolls of quarters and count out the coins making things more complicated than they need to be.

Banks and Credit Unions are open for regular hours during the week, shorter hours on Saturdays, and are usually closed Sundays, so plan accordingly!

Grocery or Convenience Stores

grocery stores are a great place to get quarters

If you’re willing to buy something, your local grocery store and convenience store are a good bet. The easiest way to get change is to head straight to the checkout line, buy something small like gum, lip balm, or a candy bar with cash, and ask for your change in coins.

Grocery and convenience stores are a good option only if you need a small number of quarters since they keep a limited amount of change in their cash registers. We suggest keeping your request below $10. Anything above that, and you’ll likely get turned down.

It also helps if you go later in the day. You’re more likely to get turned down in the morning because they have a whole day ahead of them and want to keep their quarters to ensure they don’t run out too early.

Retail Stores

The best way to get quarters at a local store is to go to the customer service desk. They’re usually not busy and will be more than happy to help you.

This is especially true at big stores like Target and Walmart. They’re less apt to turn people down because they don’t want customers leaving without making a purchase.

Like grocery stores, they often keep limited change on hand, so we recommend asking for small amounts ($10 and under) and going later in the day. If they turn you down, you can always make a small purchase at the checkout line and ask for your change in quarters.

Gas Stations and Pharmacies

If you’re in an unfamiliar city or on a long drive, your best bet just might be a gas station or pharmacy.

Gas stations and pharmacies usually keep a decent supply of quarters on hand because so many people pay with cash at these places. Gas stations and pharmacies also usually sell laundry detergent, so if you’re trying to get quarters for laundry, you can knock out two birds with one stone!

Just remember to be kind because making change for you is a courtesy, not a requirement, and be aware many gas stations will require you to be a paying customer before they give you change.

Fast Food Restaurants

Fast food restaurants can also be an excellent source for quarters, although they usually require a small purchase, so you might have to buy fries and a drink.

Fast food places are great because it’s easy to find one on any street corner, but they typically aren’t willing to give up too much of their change, so don’t plan to get more than a couple of dollars worth of quarters.

Vending Machines

use the return change button to get quarters at vending machines

If all else fails, the corner vending or soda machine just might be what you need, and they’re everywhere! All you have to do is insert dollar bills, then push the return change button.

Some older vending machines are unable to return bills and will instead give you quarters. Keep in mind, if the machine is out of coins, you might lose your money, so do this one dollar at a time.

Arcades

Arcades are growing rarer, and some of the ones still around have swapped to using cards instead of coins, so you might have less luck here.

But the old school arcades with coin-operated games will have coin machines fully stocked with quarters!

Car Washes and Laundromats

Car wash attendants and laundromats are the two places on this list that are most likely to require quarters as payment. Because of this, they often have change machines where you can get a lot of quarters. At carwashes, the change machines are usually outside, so you can access quarters 24/7.

At the car wash, just be sure to double-check that the change machines aren’t token machines! Sometimes those machines dispense tokens that can only be used at that specific carwash.

Also, be aware that some laundromats require you to be a customer before using the change machines, so double check before you show up without a load of laundry.

Street Performers (Buskers)

Street performers often want to get rid of coins in exchange for cash.

Street performers, also called buskers, often have people give them change as a tip. Many street performers don’t want to carry all that change around and might be happy to change their coins for your dollars.

Just be aware that they may want to give you all their change, not just the quarters. Also, be courteous and don’t interrupt their performance!

Busker locations are constantly changing, so it might be hard to predict where to find them. Your best bet will be heavily foot trafficked areas like downtown and farmers markets.

Rare and Valuable Quarters

While you’re on the hunt for quarters, keep your eye out for these rare and valuable quarters! Each of these quarters are worth more than their face value and worth keeping an eye out for!

Pre-1965 Quarters

Quarters made before 1965 are 90% silver. The silver alone makes them currently worth about $3.50, but some collectors may be willing to pay more (sometimes up to $35).

pre-1995 quarter

1999-P Connecticut Broadstruck Quarter

Many coin collectors like finding coins with manufacturing errors. One of the more common errors is a broadstruck coin. Broadstruck coins are those that are struck outside the retaining collar which makes the coin looks smashed and off-center. These coins generally sell for $10 to $40.

broadstruck quarter

2004 Wisconsin State Quarter With Extra Leaf

State quarters are fun to find, but finding an extra leaf Wisconsin quarter is even better! The first design of this quarter had an extra leaf on the back, which makes them desirable to collectors. There are two varieties, a “up” and a “down” version depending on the location of the leaf. The up variation is worth more (around $300), while the down leaf is worth a little less (around $250).

Wisconsin state quarter extra leaf

2005-P “In God We Rust” Kansas State Quarter

Here is another example of an error adding value. In the 2005-P Kansas State Quarter, the letter “T” became plugged with grease when minting, so it wasn’t imprinted on the coin like the other letters. This resulted in the quarter reading “In God We Rust.”

Because this error is relatively common, the coin is generally worth between $15 and $30.

In God we Rust Quarter

Related Questions

Where Can I Get $10 Worth of Quarters?

Your best bet is your local bank or credit union. After that, grocery, convenience, and retails stores are the most likely to have that amount in quarters though they may not want to give you that much. Vending machines and car washes, and laundromats are the third-best options.

We would avoid gas stations, pharmacies, and fast-food restaurants because they generally need to keep the change they have in their cash registers.

Where Can I Get $20 in Quarters?

A bank or credit union is the best option if you need two quarter rolls. Most other places won’t give you that much change.

Where Can I Get Quarters Besides a Bank?

You can get quarters from credit unions, grocery stores, local convenience stores, retail stores like your local Walmart or Target, gas stations and pharmacies, fast food restaurants, vending machines, arcades, car washes, and laundromats.

Where Can I Get Quarters for Cash?

You can get quarters for cash at banks and credit unions, grocery stores, local convenience stores, retail stores like your local Walmart or Target, gas stations and pharmacies, fast food restaurants, vending machines, arcades, car washes, and laundromats.

Can I Get Quarters at an ATM?

No. ATMs only dispense paper money, not coins.

Can I Order Rolls of Quarters Online?

You used to for an extra fee. There was a service called Washboard that delivered 40 quarters per month, which is one roll ($10) for $14.99. They have since gone out of business.

You can also buy quarters directly from the U.S. mint. The U.S. Mint usually just sells current coins and coin sets, but you can sometimes find last year’s as well. The most popular options for sale are their annual proof sets, uncirculated coin sets, bags and rolls of America the Beautiful quarters, and collector’s version of the American Eagle coins.

But since these coins are collector items, your probably don’t want to use them for laundry or paying tolls.

Where to Get Quarters for Laundry?

If you need quarters for laundry, check with your laundromat to see if they have coin machines. If not, try the other options on our list.

Where to Get Quarters During a Coin Shortage?

Your best option is banks and credit unions. Most other options will avoid giving coin change during a coin shortage.

Where to Get Quarters During Quarantine?

Most of the above options will work as long as the store is open. If not, give vending machines, and change machines outside the car wash a try.

Wrapping Things Up

Getting quarters can be challenging, but our list should give you plenty of options so you can do that load of laundry piling up in the corner.

Happy hunting! Remember to keep your eye out for rare and valuable quarters while you’re at it!

Alexander Newby

Alexander Newby

Alex's entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for the wealthy life have freed him to live a life he loves living. Though he faced plenty of obstacles along the way, he overcame. You can read about Alex's journey from childhood bullying, to his first business, and even the near loss of his marriage on the Our Story page. Through his struggles, Alex learned what it truly means to pursue the wealthy life in all the ways that matter most and has been in pursuit ever since.

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