Stamper ID: ITYK

Hometown: Ithaca, NY

Lifetime Found Bill Report Ranking: 27

Number of Times Reported: 151

Estimated Impressions: 132,125 times

Number of States Reported In: 18

Stamped in All States Ranking: 36


Why I Stamp:

I stamp because I want a more fair, just and equitable world.  I want to ensure that the future exists for the next generations of humans as well as for wildlife on this planet – both plants and animals.

I think this short animated video from Story of Stuff Project is excellent to illustrate the point why we need to stamp money out of politics → Story of Citizens United v FEC

I also stamp as I hope that stamped bills will remind people of the importance of voting.  Voting right is a privilege, not just a right.

We should be all aware of the fact that democracy is always in the making – we are hardly there yet.

Relationship status:

COVERT Narcissists CAN Change! Is There Hope?!?! https://youtu.be/VIrCxmr_VM0 ; 8 Signs of Fake Relationship https://youtu.be/yoU9Mfi_lnw ; 5 Differences NN Normal Narcissism Vs. NPD Narcissistic Personality Disorder https://youtu.be/aizZb15F-w0 ; When the Narcissist Accuses YOU of being The Narcissist https://youtu.be/GTofDRohIAU ; Narcissistic Abuse Therapist? Why traditional therapy for narcissistic abuse doesn't work https://youtu.be/xN3nLywK7SA ; The Aging Narcissist, Midlife Crisis and Losing Narcissistic Supply https://youtu.be/JA3TeWmM4yY …… After watching these videos, I had completely lost any false hope for my narcissist.

Favorite Stamp(s):

Not 2 B Used for Bribing Politicians …. Corporations Are Not People … Black Votes Matter … Stamp Money Out of Politics … Resist  .. Amend the Constitution

I especially like two vintage stamps that says Stamp Money Out of Politics – and Not 2B Used for Bribing Politicians …  the reason why I like them is because they both say “Amend the Constitution.” I used these in combination of “If you find me, please let me know stmpr.me/ityk”

I also like the stamp saying “Stamp Money Out of Politics” in a balloon, for $1 bills, that makes it look like George Washington is saying so. I like this stamp for the same reason: It states “Amend the Constitution.”

Started Stamping Date:

February 2, 2018

Favorite Place to Spend Stamped Money:

Grocery, gas, car repair, coffee shops, thrifty shops, post office, pharmacy, ice cream shop, pet shop, dentist, travel lodging, etc. .. everywhere

Tips for Fellow Stampers:

* Keep your stamp pad upside down to keep fresh ink on surface.
* Replenish ink on the pad for clear imprint .. especially for stamps with small letters, like “The system isn’t broken it’s fixed.”
* Remove your animal companion’s hair from the stamp. I know it sounds silly but over time the stamps attracts gunk … wipe them off before stamping.
* Pay rent, credit card bills, auto insurance, and other bills using money orders – and use stamped bills to get them.  This takes care of a lot of stamped bills.  Credit card and other companies nowadays are not most responsive to this old-fashioned way of payment, so mail in your payments in advance.   I should mention this practice is totally worth it, as I ended up vastly improving my credit score, as a result of 1. dramatic reduction of credit card use in my attempt to avoid a high balance for monthly payment 2. sending in extra payments in advance – making the credit company owing me a few dollars rather than the other way around.  My credit scores have been always good, but not this soaring high, in 800s.
* Carry a small brochure or a card explaining Stamp Stampede to explain the purpose and legality of the stamps to the skeptics.
* Get a small safe – I find it useful to organize.
* Smaller bills ($1, $5, $10) circulate more so stamp them and use them. $5 bills are great not only because cashiers always want them but also because $5 bills have a LOT of white spaces for stamping, especially on the back!
* Use ATMs for deposit, especially those ATMs that take bare bills (instead of the ones that ask you to put bills into envelopes). I’m assuming with these bare-bill ATMs, the stamped money will be put right back into circulation, spitting them out for withdrawals.  Make sure to avoid stamping the bill number, and the security circle, and the middle area of the bill.
* Most banks will be willing to exchange at least a couple of $20 bills into singles, even if you don’t have an account with them.
* These days I stopped obsessing on trying to stamp and put into circulation every bills that come into my possession (namely $20s) – this decision made my life so much easier.  At my banks, I just bring and exchange plain $20s to exchange into $1, 5, and/or 10s – so if you have five $20 bills, that can be exchanged into 100 singles. I feel sacrificing five bills for one hundred bills to be stamped and put into circulation is totally worth it. Plus it’s nice to have a stamped supply of 1s.
* The types of stamps: Personally I prefer old-fashioned desk stamps, using a separate ink pad – I tried pre-inked pocket stamps but for their price, they don’t seem to make very good impressions – partly because you don’t really stamp well when you are on the go (stamping on a poor surface like a book, for example.).   Also,  if I keep it in a car in a freezing temp – the ink also freezes, rendering it unusable.
* The types of stamp pads: the best ink pad is the one from this site – I tried different pads from different places (from thrifty store, freecycle, and finally spent a fortune at Staples for a very disappointing result – ink bled on the bills like crazy) and I can tell you this one is really the best.  An older wooden stamp saying “Stamp Money Out of Politics” that I had almost given up on come out beautifully using this stamp pad.
* Stamp away on a bill in a really bad shape to your heart’s content. It’s going to be taken out of circulation soon anyway. Might as well take advantage of that.
* I read in one of the stampers’ tip for a supermarket – he recommends to use a quick checkout lane to pay for your shopping – most people use credit cards for their payment in regular cashier lanes, where your stamped bills have less chance to leave the cashier’s drawers.  The bills tend to leave the drawers of quick check-out lanes faster.
* Finally, but not the least, look through other people’s profiles on this website and check out their tips. I got some of the above from them – Kudos to the pioneers of the Stampede!

Education:

Masters and upwards.

Hobbies:

Talking to my cat, hiking, camping, plant IDs, cooking, stamping, crocheting, sewing, mending, watching documentary films, gardening, etc.

What Makes Me Happy:

It makes me pretty happy when my stamped bills are reported as sighted on this website.

I especially enjoy reports with a little details – like where it was sighted and how it was used.

I was delighted to see report from Florida, California, Texas, Nebraska, and Minnesota … it will be so cool to see ones from Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Wyoming, Guam, Puerto Rico, etc. (hmmm will I ever?)

I want to thank someone who reported sighting of multiple bills at Northshire Bookstore in Vermont. I love that bookstore all the more!

 

General Comments:

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” MLK Jr.

Recent Sightings

Stamper: ITYK, Ithaca, NY

Sighted in: Ithaca, NY

Date Reported: May 19 at 8:20 am EST

Possession: change from a plant sale

Stamper: ITYK, Ithaca, NY

Sighted in: Rome, NY

Date Reported: May 18 at 8:35 pm EST

Possession: Manager at Burger king

Stamper: ITYK, Ithaca, NY

Sighted in: Ithaca, NY

Date Reported: May 17 at 11:36 pm EST

Stamper: ITYK, Ithaca, NY

Sighted in: Ithaca, NY

Date Reported: May 17 at 7:01 pm EST

Possession: customer paid with it

Stamper: ITYK, Ithaca, NY

Sighted in: Ithaca, NY

Date Reported: May 17 at 12:13 am EST

Possession: Pete’s Bar

Equiano the Cat's Map of Found Bill Reports

Reported Date Location How did this come into your possession? Times Bill Sighted Image
5/19/2019 Ithaca, NY change from a plant sale 1
5/19/2019 Rome, NY Manager at Burger king 1
5/18/2019 Ithaca, NY 1
5/17/2019 Ithaca, NY customer paid with it 1
5/17/2019 Ithaca, NY Pete’s Bar 1
5/16/2019 Sayre, PA I got it as change 1
5/13/2019 Staten Island, NY Change 1
5/13/2019 Ithaca, NY I got it as a tip 1
5/11/2019 Rockville Centre, NY I am the owner of a chicken restaurant in Rockville Centre. It was used to purchase a meal. 1
5/8/2019 Cortland, NY Change at store 1
4/29/2019 Trumansburg, NY 1
4/28/2019 Jamestown, NY my uncle gave it to me 1
4/28/2019 Ithaca, NY 1
4/26/2019 Ithaca, NY Tip 1
4/26/2019 Susquehanna, PA as change in a store 1
4/26/2019 Williamsport, PA Cash back 1
4/24/2019 Brooklyn, NY 1
4/23/2019 Alfred, NY Weed Sale 1
4/21/2019 Candor, NY Change 1
4/21/2019 Candor, NY 1
4/21/2019 Shallotte, NC 1
4/15/2019 Wellsboro, PA 1
4/15/2019 Charlotte, NC 1
4/9/2019 Ithaca, NY 1
4/2/2019 Orlando, FL Tipped for bell services at WDW Resort 1
3/31/2019 Ithaca, NY Received as change 1
3/31/2019 BERKSHIRE, NY 1
3/30/2019 Ithaca, NY Received as change in Ithaca New York 1
3/30/2019 Ithaca, NY Change from purchase in Ithaca 1
3/29/2019 Plains, GA I got change for a $5 bill and I received this $1 1
3/28/2019 Endicott, NY VENDING COMPANY 1
3/26/2019 Ithaca, NY 1
3/26/2019 Ithaca, NY FOUND 1
3/24/2019 Circle Pines, MN 1
3/23/2019 Mahopac, NY 1
3/22/2019 Mill Hall, PA at Sheetz in State College, PA 1
3/21/2019 Boston, MA 1
3/14/2019 Interlaken, NY Fastrack 1
3/13/2019 Calverton, NY 1
3/8/2019 Williamsport, PA 2
3/7/2019 North Adams, MA Change from a restaurant 1
3/7/2019 Elmira Heights, NY Gas station 1
3/6/2019 Utica, NY 1
3/6/2019 Ithaca, NY Tips 1
3/6/2019 Trumansburg, NY Change for bands of 100 1
3/5/2019 Cortland, NY A friend owed me money 1
3/5/2019 Port Crane, NY I got it after going to Wendy's for dinner the other night 1 View Bills
3/5/2019 Ithaca, NY 1
3/4/2019 Spencer, NY Change from a purchase 1
3/3/2019 Spencer, NY Change made 1
3/3/2019 Lockport, NY was given as change back 1
3/3/2019 Flushing, NY Barbershop 1
3/3/2019 Williamsport, PA 2
3/2/2019 Concord, NH Dollar General 1
3/2/2019 Bronx, NY 1
3/1/2019 Mineola, NY I sold some fentanyl to some undercover DEA agents. They then proceeded to use said fentanyl while implicating me as a member of Antifa. 1
2/28/2019 Ithaca, NY Shopping change 1
2/25/2019 Harrisonburg, VA 1
2/24/2019 Watkins Glen, NY Was paid by a friend and this was in the payment. 1 View Bills
2/21/2019 New York, NY at a store 1
2/20/2019 San Antonio, TX A taco restaurant 1
2/14/2019 Ballston Spa, NY 1
2/11/2019 Manchester, VT Northshire Bookstore 1
2/11/2019 Manchester, VT Northshire Bookstore 1
2/11/2019 Manchester, VT Northshire Bookstore 1
2/11/2019 Manchester, VT Northshire Bookstore 1
2/11/2019 Manchester, VT Northshire Bookstore 1
2/11/2019 Manchester, VT Northshire Bookstore 1
2/10/2019 Ithaca, NY Rent money 1
2/8/2019 Ithaca, NY At work, cashing a client out. 1
2/7/2019 Ithaca, NY Someone owed me money. 1
2/6/2019 Albany, NY Person gave me it 1
2/6/2019 Hamilton, OH The bank 1
2/5/2019 Ithaca, NY 1
1/29/2019 Elmira, NY Change 1
1/28/2019 Blair, NE 1
1/27/2019 Ithaca, NY change at an eatery 1
1/27/2019 Ithaca, NY 1
1/24/2019 Chenango Forks, NY Change 1
1/22/2019 Ithaca, NY 1
1/21/2019 Ithaca, NY 1
1/17/2019 Lodi, NJ Buying 1
1/15/2019 queens, NY 1
1/14/2019 Scranton, PA 1
1/13/2019 Waterloo, NY Change 1
1/6/2019 Bladensburg, MD 1
12/20/2018 Ithaca, NY was given to me as change at a grocery store 1
12/18/2018 Waterville, NY Change 1 View Bills
12/18/2018 Sandusky, OH 1
12/14/2018 Canisteo, NY Came into my liquor store from a sale 1
12/12/2018 Ithaca, NY Cashier 1
12/8/2018 Blasdell, NY I work at a hair salon 1
12/7/2018 Staunton, VA Was used to buy auto parts. 1
12/6/2018 Ithaca, NY Change from a grocery store. 1
12/3/2018 Ithaca, NY 1
12/1/2018 Syracuse, NY 1
11/23/2018 Rochester, NY 1
11/23/2018 Sayre, PA Given change 1
11/18/2018 Ithaca, NY I went into the cat coffee shop. I didn't know cats could do this. Crazy. 1
11/12/2018 Marshall, MI 1
11/3/2018 Owego, NY Lawlers grocery store in Owego 1
11/3/2018 Owego, NY Lawlers grocery in owego 1
10/27/2018 Ithaca, NY in my pay. 1
10/19/2018 Oneonta, NY Came through a sale at our small town music store 1
10/16/2018 McKinleyville, CA change from cashier 1
10/9/2018 Auburn, NY Auburn NY Bass Pro, License transaction. 1
10/8/2018 Norwalk, CT Change from Dutches restaurant 1
10/4/2018 Geneva, NY At a store I work at 1
10/2/2018 Lansdale, PA Received as change at Dollar Tree on broad St. 1
9/20/2018 Rochester, NY Got paid cash 1
9/13/2018 Cortland, NY I was buying candy’s my local Walgreens and got this as change 1
9/13/2018 Auburn, NY 1
9/11/2018 Rochester, NY 1
9/10/2018 Ithaca, NY 1
9/10/2018 Ithaca, NY Change at a coffee shop 1
9/9/2018 Ithaca, NY 1
9/9/2018 Ithaca, NY Received in change 1
9/8/2018 Seneca Falls, NY 1
8/30/2018 Pompano Beach, FL Work 1
8/24/2018 Painted Post, NY Work 1
8/7/2018 Ithaca, NY Western union 1
8/5/2018 Sugar Grove, PA Counting store deposits 1
8/5/2018 Ithaca, NY Vending machine. South Hill Business Park, Ithaca 1
8/4/2018 Hartford, CT A miss yayoi gave it to me 1
7/28/2018 Sayre, PA 1
7/27/2018 Union, NJ 7-Eleven 1
7/25/2018 Tonawanda, NY Change at Safe Harbor Marina 1
7/21/2018 Jamestown, NY Given when taking out money from bank 1
7/17/2018 Elmira, NY Gas station 1
7/8/2018 Ithaca, NY 1
7/5/2018 Patchogue, NY 1
6/28/2018 Spencer, NY 1
6/28/2018 Ithaca, NY Buying food at a local grocery store 1
6/27/2018 Cortland, NY Turned in at my job, Coffee Mania 1
6/25/2018 Spencer, NY 1
6/25/2018 Deerfield Beach, FL Change of art supplies 1
6/25/2018 Ithaca, NY I’m a waitress and someone left it for me 1
6/16/2018 Clyde, NY Customer 1
6/15/2018 Candor, NY Change. 1
6/12/2018 Ithaca, NY Got it as change 1 View Bills
5/31/2018 Ithaca, NY Found it the cash register at work. Exchanged it with another $5 bill. 1
5/4/2018 Ithaca, NY Received from cashier at Panda Tea Lounge, also in Ithaca, NY 1
4/6/2018 New York, NY work 1
3/17/2018 Ithaca, NY 1