April 3, 2014
Hello to everyone visiting this site thanks to its coverage in The New York Times ("Two Dollar Bill Is Oddity, but Some Love the Tender," April 1, 2014). The story was the most e-mailed piece in yesterday’s Times Metro section, and now it’s at number four. Excitement! A gal dreams of winding up in the paper of record, but when it actually happens, it’s a surreal feeling — getting that kind of honor and visibility.
Reporter Chadwick Moore did a swell job, and I’ll soon feature some of his excellent $2 bill material that didn’t make it into the Times story. For anyone who wants to know more about Two Buckaroo’s intention and inception, I direct you to the explanatory inaugural entry, here.
My inbox was resplendent with correspondence from readers yesterday. Hearing about how highly you value the $2 bill warms my heart. So, with permission, I’d like to share snippets of a few letters:
Living in Israel I have not seen a two dollar bill in a long, long time. If possible I would like to send you a ten dollar bill in return for five two dollar bills.
I happened to be perusing The New York Times this morning and noticed the discussion about you striving to revive the use of $2 bills (which I used to collect). I am enchanted by the $2-bill mission.
New York City
I loved the NYTimes article.
Quick question: Where can I get a steady supply of $2 bills in the NY area? I love them too. I live in Ethiopia and use them for tips in the USA all the time — taxi drivers, hotel maids, luggage carriers.
Rick Hodes, MD
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
I found you through the recent New York Times article.
Since 1976 I have been spending $2 bills and usually have some in my pocket at all times. I say CONGRATULATIONS! and THANK YOU! for getting the twos out there.
I would like our government to save lots of taxpayer money by gradually eliminating the $1 bill and forcing people to use the $1 coin AND $2 bill. Not to mention the 50¢ piece…I use half dollars whenever possible.
They say it’s becoming a cashless society, but I routinely ask for $500 in halves, $500 in dollar coins, or $100 in twos and try to spend those when cash is expedient and when not fixated on earning points through credit cards. So, for example, if a purchase is $6.34, I would give a $5 and a $2, or a $5, dollar coin, and half dollar. Or, if it was a $7.34 purchase, I might give four $2s.
In all my years (59) I’ve only seen two or three people actually spend a $2 bill. I’ve just been trying to do my part to get the $2, $1 coin, and 50¢ out there in circulation.
We need more people like us to do that, and your blog will help spread the word. I like your descriptions of the reactions; several of them are very similar to reactions I’ve seen.
I read the New York Times story today with great interest and am happy to know there are others who share my fascination with this currency.
My secret is to buy packs of 100 uncirculated $2 bills, which adds even more amazement and curiosity on the part of the receiver. The serial numbers are in sequential order and add to the receiver’s excitement.
My favorite recent story is when I took my 90-year-old father-in-law to a local Greek restaurant. I did not realize he had been going there and giving $2 bills to the coat-check lady. When we walked in, the beautiful lady rushes from behind the desk and gives him a big hug and kiss! I asked him what was going on, and he said, “Your $2 bill trick really works!” She went on to say that she saves all of the $2s.
I’m also recognized by tollbooth attendants! Two of the attendants remembered me: “Hey, it’s the $2 bill man.” Even the bellman at my favorite hotel in Rome looks forward to getting more $2 bills.
My secret where I get the new bills!
New York City
A friend came across your site and forwarded it to me. I’ve been ordering $2,000 worth of $2’s from my bank for YEEAAAARS!! And then going around and paying for everything with them.
I try to urge people to spend them so it gets them out there more, and I try to avoid spending them in big, commercial-type places where they just end up back in the bank. I always have enough to sell/trade; cabbies in particular LOVE to buy them off you (no profit, just proliferation). I’ve been trying to spread the $2 for almost 20 years, and I’ve brought a smile out for almost every two.
I tried to pay my company’s monthly rent ($13,350) in $2’s about seven years ago. Rolled into my landlord’s office with a suitcase handcuffed to my wrist on the first of the month, popped it open, and started counting it out on his desk. He didn’t take it after much deliberation — he said he would end up just taking it down to the bank and I would have to reorder them. So I ended up spending a lot of $2’s for quite some time!
My favorite thing to do: Watch an employee trying to figure out which slot in the cash register to put the deuce in…and then finally throwing it under the entire tray! Very perverse enjoyment…but very, very satisfying.
I wrote to the government a few years back asking them to print more, as well as distribute them in ATMs (although that’s probably more up to the banks).
Anyway, glad to know you’re out there. Love your site! Rock and roll, Heather! Glad the deuce is getting action!!
New York City
Keep the letters coming! This stuff is great. And thanks again for all the enthusiastic words. We will return soon to our regularly scheduled documentation of $2 bill spending!