But even stores might not have enough if it is just opened, or late at night- "we carry no large bills past 10pm" some places post.
Banks and credit unions are truly the best places to get the proper cash.
my fave yard sales are the "moving, everything must go!" where they practically pay YOU to take their stuff away!
Although, there was one time, just last month, when I happened upon a huge yardsale, on a weekday, and I just had to stop and look around, even though I had little cash.
I found a lovely item, a work of art, way above an amount I had on me. I mentioned where and how it could be used, for educational purposes at a specific location, and the owner said, "that school? For that age and teacher? Ya know waht, I bet we can just do a donation on that one!"
So I gave them my card and even more details on where it would be going.
I did a write up on the back and presented it to the teacher a few days later. The item now has a place of honor in her classroom, and the kids were very happy to receive it.
So, yes, I got it for free, but all the people involved were extra happy about it!