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  1. #1
    Feb 2011
    1631 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    How much does CRH cost you?

    I am starting a thread to see how much CRH Costs you(per week)... i'll start off...

    My vehicle gets 16 mph, I travel round trip about 35 miles between dumping and picking up, sometimes close to 50 miles... Gas is currently $3.18 a gallon, so I am burning 2-3 gallons of gas per week, not much, a total of roughly $10 max to support this hobby.

    Also, time is money, how much time do you put into this hobby? I probrably send 2 hours dumping and 20 minutes picking coins up...

    think, you feel mighty proud of finding that $2 1964 roosevelt dime, even that $2 mercury dime, was it really worth your time and effort to go out of your way, waste your time and gas, to buy a box of coins to produce little to no silver?

    I love this hobby, nothing's getting in the way of me and the bank
    remember, CRH is a hobby for most, but a job for others.

  2. #2
    R.I.P. Rich Hartford

    Aug 2006
    Extreme Northern NJ
    whites classic sl,whites surfmaster,garrett ATX
    475 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Hard question to answer. I usually don't go too far out of the way just to CRH. Most of my boxes are picked up on the way home from work or going to do some other errand. I would say that it doesn't cost me more then $5.00 a week. BTW, gas down there is about 20 cents per gallon cheaper then up here.

  3. #3
    May 2012
    24 times
    I was buying junk silver before I started CRHing about 3 weeks ago. So, net, I'm spending way less on silver than I was before and I'm having more fun doing it! It's the least expensive hobby I've ever had!
    2012 Half Dollar CRH Totals
    (Beginning May 2012)
    Amount Searched: $6516.00

    '64-'70: 156
    1964: 4
    Bennys: 3
    Walkers: 0
    Clad Proofs: 4
    Silver Proofs: 0

  4. #4
    Charter Member
    Apr 2012
    188 times
    Coin Roll Hunting
    Quote Originally Posted by BuffaloBoy View Post
    Gas is currently $3.18 a gallon
    Holy ****! Gas is $4.39 here!

  5. #5
    Mar 2012
    13 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    On many many weeks I spend more than what I get in silver. I enjoy it so that's what is keeping me going. I want to hit a box of halves that has more than let's say 20 in it, then it will either increase because I'll be hoping for the next one or I'll tone it down a bit.

    I drive far to dump each weekend and do at least 60 miles if I have a bunch of coin built up from buying during the week.

  6. #6
    Feb 2011
    1631 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    welcome to california, your sales tax is probrably outrageous too, right?
    Quote Originally Posted by crhstreetwalker View Post
    Holy ****! Gas is $4.39 here!

  7. #7
    Aug 2011
    26 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    a whole bunch of snacks.
    keepers are minimal right now....

  8. #8
    May 2012
    Treasure Coast-Florida
    Bounty Hunter Pioneer and Tesoro deLeon
    65 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Just paid 3.38 a gallon at a Mobile.

  9. #9
    May 2011
    204 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    All of my banks are between home and work so I spend nothing extra for gas. Right now I'm only searching two boxes of pennies a week. I do this while I watch TV with the wife so I don't figure the time is costing me anything. I always ask for halves when picking up and dumping. I doesn't take long to go through them. This hobby is paying me.
    Ben-Ro likes this.
    "Hello from deep within the copper mines of Western Kentucky."

    "Keep your hands off of my stack."

  10. #10
    Dec 2011
    Constant state of misery
    237 times
    Coin Roll Hunting
    Lets see.

    Car gets 32 mpg.

    Week 1:

    I pick up 2 boxes in town on my lunch break (15 min ) at bank 1 and sort at home ( 20 min ).

    I drive 27 miles to a town north of me, I dump 2 boxes. ( 15 min )

    I drive quarter mile down the street, I pick up 2 more boxes ( 10 min )

    I sort in parking covered parking lot ( 20 min )

    I dump at a bank half a mile away ( 20 min )

    I pick up 3 boxes at another bank 1 mile away ( 20 min )

    I drive home 29ish mile ( 45 min ) to sort the 3 boxes ( 30 min ).

    I dump 2 of those at one bank in town during my lunch break ( 15 min )

    I dump half of a box at another bank on another days lunch break ( 15 min )

    I dump the other half at another bank on yet another days lunch break ( 15 min )

    ( 4 hours total )

    Week 2.

    I drive north to the city again ( 27 miles/45 min ) to pick up 3 boxes ( 15 min ) and sort ( 30 min )

    I drive to dump bank one, 1/4th of a mile away and dump ( 15 min )

    I drive to dump bank 2, 1 mile away to dump ( 20 min )

    I drive 1 mile away to pick up 3 boxes ( 15 min ) and drive home to sort.

    I dump 2 of those at one bank in town during my lunch break ( 15 min )

    I dump half of a box at another bank on another days lunch break ( 15 min )

    I dump the other half at another bank on yet another days lunch break ( 15 min )

    3 hours

    So I average about 3.5 hours a week, 2 gallons of gas a week. Gas is $3.12 today if I recall correctly.

  11. #11
    Charter Member
    Dec 2008
    St. Augustine, FL
    1639 times
    Quantifying stats takes the romance out of the hunt. Been at this way too long. I go to the beach everyday, but I don't ever consider the beach costing me anything especially since many people would trade places with me in an instant.
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  12. #12
    Feb 2008
    Great Lakes State
    2719 times
    silver surfing
    Honorable Mentions (1)
    You may not believe this, but there was a time a few years back when I was seriously hooked on crhing, and dirtfishing. So wrapped up in it, that it was costing me hundreds of dollars a day on my days off from work ( when I was called in for OT and didn't go). I shudder to think how many thousands I lost. But hey, it's only money right.
    “They’ll go over like a Led balloon.”

  13. #13
    Apr 2011
    1359 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Fist makes a good point... Opportunity cost is much more than actual costs incurred by the hobby itself, for me at least. If I spend the day CRHing rather than picking up an extra shift, I lose $60 an hour.

    My wife thinks I am silly to spend half a day picking up, looking through, and dumping 10 boxes of halves. To her, even if I find 10 ounces of silver, I have lost a couple hundred bucks. What she is forgetting is that the challenge of the hunt & the thrill of seeing the elusive silver edge of a worn 90%er, with it's accompanying heroine-like rush is MUCH more enjoyable than filling prescriptions for cranky old people.

    Which leads me to ask this question:

    At what point does this become work & cease being a hobby/leisure activity?

    fistfulladirt likes this.

  14. #14
    Sep 2008
    273 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    There is definitely a turning point from leisure to work. The turning points can be quantified as: 2 40% per half box; 10 wheats per penny box; 1 rosie per dime box and 1 war nickel per nickel box.,

  15. #15

    Apr 2012
    204 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    My marriage, and the face value of the coins I find.

    Just kidding about the marriage. She supports me, but sometimes I have to beat into her head the fact that the "money" I spend on boxes comes right back into my wallet when I'm done sorting them.


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