I know what it is to be broke, so that is why I buy the pennies, but really, they are a lot of fun to search. Every now and then when I can, I buy as many half dollars as I can. I will drain my bank account to buy a box if my husband has just gotten paid. I figure out of $500, at least $480 or more will go back, and if I got more than $20 in clads, I will put them aside so we can go turn them in. Sometimes it comes in handy. A year or so ago, I was able to turn in my silver and make my van payment! That was extremely lucky, and I have not been that lucky since, but I have been saving my clads since that time, and before the end of the summer, if need be (which is almost a certainty) I will turn them in again.
So, AWESOME first score! I have been doing this for a while, it is addicting, fun, educational, and I just like it.