If you see a penny do you pick it up????

budsterAugust 14, 2002

I did and got a look of horror from my friend who I was walking with....she just said "You don't know how long it's been there or what or who has walked on it.....it's ONLY a penny"....... I just figured...Yipee...good luck and a free penny for the piggy bank. Am I being too cheap??? Is there such a thing....Budster who is happy to find a penny.

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Amethyst_OR

talk about timing, in the latest Readers Digest, it has the following stats: 75% of us will stop to pick up a penny off the street, while 12% will pass by a heads-down penny because its bad luck.

If I see money, I pick it up

    Bookmark   August 14, 2002 at 6:47PM
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johndeere

Find a penney pick it up and all day you will have good luck.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2002 at 8:34PM
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livin4jc

If I find a penny I pick it up-heads or tails-I don't believe in luck.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2002 at 12:55AM
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Pooh Bear

Pennies make dollars.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2002 at 1:01AM
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fredda5018

Watch the pennies and the dollars will take care of themselves.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2002 at 9:42AM
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Mhousework

Isn't picking up a penny from the ground a type of recycling? Good for the environment, not to mention the economy?

I'll pick up a penny, you betcha. I used to deliver newspapers in the wee morning hours and found all sorts of money, coins and bills. (If you're out at dawn, drive by a bar or nightclub parking lot, money falls out of people's pockets and it's too dark for them to notice.)

    Bookmark   August 15, 2002 at 11:00AM
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Momma_Bird_OH

DH and I both pick up any $ we see, including pennies. His coworkers made fun of him because he'd pick up a coin from the sidewalk when they were out to lunch. I think those guys are nuts. Why pass up free $, even if it's just a penny?

    Bookmark   August 15, 2002 at 2:40PM
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spewey

I was on the sidewalk last night and spotted a $5 bill. Sure, it is probably biodegradable, but I hate seeing litter, so I picked it up. Recycled it at Starbucks this morning, free breakfast and a buzz.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2002 at 6:30PM
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whazzup

I always pick up pennies. A few years ago I found one, picked it up and put it in my shoe (I didn't have any other place at the time to put it). That evening, while still wearing the shoes, I got a phone call about a job I had interviewed for and was offered the job. This job paid TWO TIMES what I had been earning. So, while I don't really believe in good/bad luck, something like that does kind of make you go "hmmmmm". :)

    Bookmark   August 15, 2002 at 7:40PM
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albert_135

Elsewhere on this forum we have a thread about a senior center that does not want anymore penny donations because of the complications in turning the pennies into money. One of their problems is that kids get them as change from McDonalds, the kids toss them, the seniors walking to the center pick them up. The center has a large waste basket full of pennies and no one will exchange them for money. I pick up an average of 29 cents a day walking and that is just accumulating in a jar in my kitchen.

Here is a link that might be useful: http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/saving/msg0613304222516.html?32

    Bookmark   August 16, 2002 at 2:17PM
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cmonkey8

Budster,

Maybe you should ask your friend if she knows the history of every penny she currently has in her pocket/purse! If she thinks they were never on the ground or in questionable places, just because they are currently in her pocket, she should think again. Pennies are pennies, whether they come from the ground or a cashier's drawer! That means they are equally dirty and equally valuable. Good for you for picking it up!

    Bookmark   August 19, 2002 at 3:45PM
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dgulkis

I let my 3 year old son pick up the penny. He gets a big kick out of it!

    Bookmark   August 19, 2002 at 6:03PM
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Shannon_MA

I pick them up. Free money is still money. And what's that saying? A penny saved is a penny earned?

    Bookmark   August 20, 2002 at 3:35PM
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ttabb

Its 100% profit and tax free. I also got an email about pennies. Every coin has on it " In God we trust" The emailed talked about this rich guy would pick up any coin he found and reflect on his beliefs in God and put the penny in his pocket.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2002 at 2:47PM
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budster

ttabb.....we have the Queen on ours...maybe I'll think about buying a few diamonds with my free pennies....and I'm still gonna pick them up....wish I could find a few fivers like another poster did!

    Bookmark   August 21, 2002 at 11:13PM
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akaDenise

I always pick up pennies. I don't care if I look cheap to my friends either, because I would feel silly walking by and leaving money on the ground for somebody else to pick up.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2002 at 5:59PM
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Melissa_M

You bet I do! When I was 5 years old, my grandmother started saving every penny she ever got. She would not spend a single penny, EVER. She saved them for me and gave them to me to deposit into a special savings account. When I graduated from high school I had over $5,000 from pennys that my grandmother had saved, counted, rolled and gave to me to deposit in the bank. How quickly something so insignificant as pennys added up.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2002 at 5:37PM
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joyfulguy

Hi Budster,

Were you lucky enough to find a fiver, you'll need to find more than a twonie along with it to equal the fiver that our U.S. friend was fortunate enough to have found. Almost a loonie extra, as a matter of fact.

Translation: Budster being a Canadian, and the Canadian Dollar being worth about 64 cents in what U.S.ers (1) call "real money", s/he'd need to find (more than) one of our two dollar coins (copper-coloured centrepiece surrounded by a nickel-coloured ring) in addition, to make it equal in value to the U.S. five.

Quite a large number of pennies more.

Almost one of our one dollar (copper-coloured) coins, called a "loonie" after it came out a number of years ago, because there's an engraving of a loon on the back.

Our two dollar coin came out several years after the one-dollar "loonie" and it soon became a concensus that we'd call the new two-dollar one a "twonie".

(Yeah, we Canadians spell funny, as well!)

Good wishes to all for a healthy, happy and prosperous weekend.

joyful Ed

1. Many call citizens/(residents?) of the U.S. of A. "Americans".

But a citizen of Chile is a Chilean, also an American. A citizen of Argentine an Argentinian, or Argentine - and an American. A citizen of Peru a Peruvian - and an American. A citizen of Colombia a Colombian - and an American. Of Panama a Panamanian - and an American. Costa Rica a Costa Rican - and an American. Nicaragua a Nicaraguan - and an American. Mexico a Mexican - and an American. Of Canada a Canadian - and an American.

Of the United States of America, a ???????????? - and an American.

To use that designation to specify (only) citizens of the United States of America is far too imprecise.

I've heard of various people being "stateless" if they didn't have the right to call themselves citizens of any nation.

Should we say that citizens of the United States of America may be called "nameless"?

If not, what unique name do they use to designate themselves, and we use to designate them? EB

    Bookmark   August 24, 2002 at 12:41AM
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DingBat

Ed, Canadians are people too! Important people. My best friend is Canadian, she *forgives* me for being "American" and as far as I'm concerned the political border doesn't determine the personal worth of a person.
As for "real money" have you seen our new stuff? Looks like funny money to me. I pick up pennies. Someday my grandkids will get them, by then they'll be antique examples of an extinct species of money. There are some Canadian coins in those bottles too.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2002 at 2:51PM
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budster

Hey Ding you are right on. We Canadians are a proud people..dare I say we cringe when people say "You are American" when we travel in a foreign country say Europe. Nothing against you Americans but we like to be recognized as different from you...and we are! I am happy to have so many wonderful Americans for friends and think our differences is what make us interesting. I also am a firm believer that although we have a border to separate us we will and do help each other anytime, anywhere. It hits home to me "United we stand.....". Bud a canuck!

    Bookmark   August 24, 2002 at 3:02PM
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lydia1959

I only pick up "Heads-Up" pennies and always put them in my shoe.

I read once about super gluing a coin (a quarter would get more takers) to the sidewalk, then just sit back and watch as people try to pick it up. Never did it, but it sounds like fun :-)

    Bookmark   August 25, 2002 at 4:46PM
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heather_on

There is a poem, I'll try and find it that says Pennies are dropped by the angels in heaven. Yes I pick them up too.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2002 at 3:00PM
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johndeere

My wife and I saved all are penneys in a glass jar about 2 quarts.When ever we had pennies we through them in.Well probably took about a year to fill maybe not that long those pennies added up to $26.89 pennies make dollars.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2002 at 8:51PM
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Marie_TX

Some of our grocery stores have a machine in the lobby that takes large quantities of coins and gives you a receipt for it. A charge of some percentage is taken out for the service. Dump your gallon jars of pennies in it, and you'll get a receipt you can take inside and either get another kind of cash or pay for your groceries. Kroger's has this, I know. Kids love to stand in front and watch the coins go down the chute. -- Marie

    Bookmark   September 4, 2002 at 5:44AM
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mammie15

Heather, I know the poem you're talking about but I don't have it either.

Anyway, my Dad passed away last week and you wouldn't believe all the pennies I've found since he's been gone. I've always been an avid coin rescuer, but not it means even more to me.

    Bookmark   September 4, 2002 at 6:21PM
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budster

OT: I was out shopping with a girlfriend last week. We went to a little town not far from our town. On the main street (and there weren't too many people about) I found 2 empty beer cans which i shoved in a pocket of my purse and tossed into my car trunk when we walked past where I'd parked. My girlfriend was killing herself laughing....I admit I couldn't help myself I just thought...oh boy 20 cents! And wonder at people who throw pop and beer cans away.... Guess I need a l2 step program. Oh and this morning I rescued a glass 3 tier plant stand from beside someones garbage....brought it home and gave it a wash and it now graces my living room.... OH I need help fast...LOL!!

    Bookmark   September 4, 2002 at 10:01PM
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johndeere

Picking up beer cans for the recycle center could cost you a open liquire ticket that is one thing i will not pickup.

    Bookmark   September 4, 2002 at 10:45PM
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budster

Nope don't think so.....they'd do a blow test first...and I wasn't drinking....and the cans were empty....perhaps, maybe I don't think so...never considered that aspect.

    Bookmark   September 5, 2002 at 1:49AM
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johndeere

Wouldnt take the chace where i live Barney and Andy wait for this kind of action.

    Bookmark   September 5, 2002 at 5:36PM
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joyfulguy

Dear John,

Stick 'em in the trunk.

When you pick 'em up on the roadside, rub a bit of dirt into them.

Often when you pick 'em up on the roadside, there's no odour left around them - tell the officer to smell 'em.

When you blow into the roadside machine, it'll say you're clear.

If he takes you to the office to blow, he can't let you drive your own car, in case you are drunk, so he'll have to bring you back.

I've picked 'em up for a long time - have some from the U.S. that I doubt whether they'll accept, here.

Haven't been stopped for a long time.

If I get charged - I'll see them in court: being retired, I wouldn't be losing work time.

Hope you're having a decent summer - some of the people in eastern IN and nw OH have corn that has pretty small cobs - or no cobs at all.

joyful Ed

P.S. Hope you had a good trip.

I expect you've read that I drove from Detroit to Peoria with no starter. Wouldn't have done it if the Colt had an automatic tranny.

I may be dumb, but I ain't stupid. EB

    Bookmark   September 5, 2002 at 8:33PM
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johndeere

Happy shifting Joyfulguy becareful picking up those cans.Small corn crop here to im afraid Oh well thats farming.

    Bookmark   September 5, 2002 at 9:28PM
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dadoes

I used to work in a movie theater. Among other duties, I was regularly a part of the 'tween-show clean-up crew. You betcha I picked up every penny, nickel, dime, quarter, dollar, five, ten, twenty that I ran across. If a patron came back for it (and some did), they got the lost fundage back immediately. Otherwise, finders/keepers!

The most I ever found in one whack was $620. Yes, you read that right. Neatly stashed in a wallet dropped under a seat that contained not a single shred of identification. It was kept in the theater's safe for several months, but nobody ever came to claim it . . . so, finders/keepers!

    Bookmark   September 6, 2002 at 1:56AM
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joyfulguy

Deere John,

Is it true that them wot drives automatics are called "shiftless"?

Uncle Ed

P.S. I hear that them wot drives standards are called "shifty". Look out for 'em. EB

    Bookmark   September 6, 2002 at 12:43PM
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gina_in_fl

PENNIES FROM HEAVEN

by Gary Jacobson

When you're feeling blue,
Not knowing what to,do
Consider for a moment
All you've got.
Subtract what you've not.
You'll see you've got much more
Than you thought,
Really quite a lot.

See how fortunate you are?
Thank your lucky star.
if you Just take time
You'll watch impossible problems
rapidly sink...
I think?

Just pick yourself up
By the bootstrap,
Force yourself to close
Depression's gap.
Don't stop!
Don't idly sit,
Despair about it,
Or cry about it,
Stop now!
That's right...I said now!
Stop your feeling blue.
Just do it, do it, do it, do...

Happiness is but an attitude.
How's that for a platitude?
For greater happiness
look to life's rainbow
from whence pennies from heaven flow.
A forced smile
Beams naturally after awhile.
Talking happy will be your new style.

Pennies from heaven distilled by morning dew,
Blessings relieving this worlds blight,
Shining new,
Shine radiantly bright.
Good feelings coming so quick,
All around you looming thick,
You can the choicest of blessings pick.

Replace those darkened glasses
With outlook shiny bright.
Force hurtful cares from your mind
That hinder second sight.
Evil worries can fill mankind
With distempered bite...

Always wear glasses with rosy hue.
They make you see the world brand new.
Before long
You will think them special made for you.
So turn bad luck good,
By just thinking happy like you should.

Always maintain a positive approach.
Live life full without reproach.
Always have a dream
It will give to your eye that lustrous gleam.
So join life's team.

Wipe away depressions fevered brow.
Being down only makes you sour.
Stand tall my friend!
Fight the good fight to the very end.

Do not be the problem!
Be the solution!

    Bookmark   September 30, 2002 at 12:49AM
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gina_in_fl

Pennies From Heaven

Young Mary had a penny and the little girl was itchin'
To tell her mum where it was from, she ran into the kitchen.
"Oh Mummy Mummy!" Mary cried "I've earned myself some money."
Her mother took time from her chores and said "Where's that from Honey?"

Said Mary, "Well some boys from school, there wasn't very many,
They asked me to climb up a tree, then paid me this here penny"
"Oh Mary!" cried her mother, "Those boys are just dirty trickers,
They paid you to climb up the tree to see your frilly knickers"

Young Mary was quite taken back, she hadn't seen their schemin'
Her lip popped out and down her nose the tears they started streamin'.
But next day, as oft' children will, she went to do her schoolin'
She reckoned she would teach them boys who were upon her foolin'

She ran home from school at days end, from ear to ear was smilin',
Another penny in her hand, her mother's nerves were trialin',
"I've earned another penny Mum", cried little darling Mary,
But the words her mother used you won't find in your dictionary.

"Young Mary!" screamed her mother (I'll leave out her nasty swearin')
"They paid you to climb up the tree to see the pants you're wearin'"
"But Mummy" said young Mary "I quite shrewdly earned my penny,
You see I tricked 'em this time Mum..... I wasn't wearin' any"

Copyright; Tony Strauss

    Bookmark   September 30, 2002 at 12:52AM
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gina_in_fl

Pennies From Heaven

I found a penny today
just laying on the ground
But its not just a penny
this little coin I've found

Found pennies come from heaven
that's what my Grandpa told me
He said angels toss them down
oh, how I loved that story

He said when an angel misses you
they toss a penny down
Sometimes just to cheer you up
make a smile out of your frown

So do not pass by that penny
when you're feeling blue
It may be a penny from heaven
that an angels tossed to you

    Bookmark   September 30, 2002 at 12:54AM
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bouncingpig

Always! I want my kids to learn not to look at a penny as nothing, but as piece towards finishing the "financial freedom puzzle!" On any given day by the Walmart pop machines I have found from 25 cents to $2.00 worth of change. We have a huge jar we fill with change and I take it and deposit it in the bank whenever it get full . . . those pennies really add up. Most kids seem to look at pennies as nothing nowadays, because we as the adults seem to pass that notion on to them. We need to show them that even the little savings can add up.

Brenda

    Bookmark   September 30, 2002 at 2:21AM
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Azarae_Duske

Isn't that the truth Brenda! I love a great bargain & I guess I've passed that on to my children(mostly my 9 y/o) because alot of times they will see an item they would like to buy(with their own $$) & come ask me of it's on sale or clearance!
We have a "family" bank & our goal is to fill it as often as possible w/change...we will pickup pennies whenever we can!
Azarae D.

    Bookmark   September 30, 2002 at 7:12AM
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Turquoise_Tulips

I would not pick up a penny! I don't want to bend over on the street and pick up garbage. I don't like pennies. They stink and they are dirty. I even throw them in the garbage sometimes. They are a complete waste of time. Many stores have a small dish of them at the register to use if a customer doesn't have one. The stores don't even care about them if they are willing to give them away. I would be embarrassed if the person that I was with were to pick one up off the street. Sometimes I just leave them on the counter if I am given a penny or two for change. I seem to have a different opinion than most people that answered this question!

    Bookmark   September 30, 2002 at 2:52PM
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budster

Turquoise Tulips.....you are welcome to have an opinion just like the rest of us. I like to see someone else's view and say it makes the world more interesting.

    Bookmark   September 30, 2002 at 5:06PM
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DBird

At our church the little children "collect pennies" after their children's serman. Who can resist a sweet little face passing a small basket?! Anyway, over the years they have collected miles of pennies. At first the money went to our building fund. Now it goes to a charity that changes annually. Pennies add up, and are a pretty painless way to fund various projects!

    Bookmark   September 30, 2002 at 6:12PM
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trekaren

I have noticed fewer and fewer of those "need a penny, take one" dishes since the economy has slumped. We are all counting pennies now!

    Bookmark   October 1, 2002 at 6:58AM
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Melissa_M

I'll never be able to view a found penny in the same way after reading that poem posted by Gina. I'll always think it is my gramdmother (who used to save every penny she ever got just for me) or my father (who ALWAYS spotted coins on the ground) tossing me a penny from heaven.

    Bookmark   October 1, 2002 at 10:29AM
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gina_in_fl

Turquios Tulip ....
Would you pick up a $100 bill off the nasty filthy street?
What's the difference between a penny and a dollar?
A penny is just 1/100'th of a dollar.

Maybe that's why I come here for amusment and you come here for advice?

    Bookmark   October 1, 2002 at 11:54PM
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joyce_zone5

I was just thinking the same thing---most people who pass up pennies would pick up a dirty old $20 from the ground! If you have ever worked retail you know that all money is probably dirty! That's OK--any of you have any dirty old money you don't want, just send it my way! I'll wash my hands after I deposit it!

    Bookmark   October 2, 2002 at 11:01AM
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pal98

Yes

    Bookmark   October 13, 2002 at 8:53PM
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ladyish2

I sure do pick up those penny's and any other money I find on the ground. This week I found 3nickles and 3penny's LOL. I live on a small military base and walk/run often so I find money a lot. I give it to my 4yr DD she thinks she is going to be "RICH, RICH someday".

    Bookmark   October 23, 2002 at 12:02AM
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joyfulguy

Yesterday, on way home from having five teeth extracted (at the University Dental School - for under $100.00), I saw a sign in front of a convenience store whose words would have meaning for Koreans - so went in to see whether the managers were Korean.

It was the term that they use to refer to the Korean War - the words "Yook - ee- oh" in Korean for the month and the day that war began, June 25 (of 1950): "Yook" means "June", "ee" is "twenty" and "oh" is "five".

As I got out of my car, I found a shiny dime lying on the ground.

Picked it up and brought it home.

As Grandma (who died in 1950) used to say, "Take care of the pennies and the pounds will take care of themselves". I think that she never lived in a society where they used English pounds.

If I don't try to find as many dollars as I morally can and get good value for my dollars, who will?

joyful Ed

    Bookmark   November 14, 2002 at 5:56AM
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Momma_Bird_OH

Torquise Tulips - you said you don't want to bend over to pick up garbage off the street, likening pennies to garbage.

Well, I take a bag on my daily walks just so I can bend over and pick up garbage. If I don't do it, who will? I like my neighborhood to look nice and neat, and no matter how careful people are, garbage does get loose!

My oldest son found a $5 bill on our walk becaue he was bending over to pick up trash!

    Bookmark   November 14, 2002 at 9:07AM
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eiagaaf

I had to register, just so I could respond to this question.Yes, but the amazing thing is my DD, she's 7,picked up this habit at the start of the summer. So, in the past 6 months or so, she has found $23.19.(I just went and counted it, we keep it in a special container) The funny thing is, only .89 was in pennies. She has extra good eyes, but my other two children have also found several dollars. I picked up a childrens metal detector at a garage sale last week, and we've found .19 in the yard!

    Bookmark   November 14, 2002 at 7:36PM
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monica2001

I don't pick up pennies when I see the because I know little kids get a charge out of finding them. BUT I sure pick up anything else. I figure it doesn't have any more germs than all those fruits in the grocery store from third world countries.

    Bookmark   November 14, 2002 at 8:41PM
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DingBat

Today my granddaughter picked up the penny we found in the parking lot to put in her bear bank. She was thrilled! Between that and autumn leaves, this 3 yr. old has wonderful treasures to take home.

It was in the news that a store in British Columbia refused to take $5 in pennies from a mom who'd just rolled them up to go buy food for her children. Apparently the kids all got sick and all the extra expenses (and probably missed time from work for mom) wiped them out. The store manager apologized saying in spite of the store policy that they don't have to take more then 25 pennies at a time it shouldn't have happened. An apology on the news was nice but it didn't take food home to her kids that night. Sometimes this world disgusts me. BTW, I'm not down on BC because of this it could happen here just as easily and probably has.

    Bookmark   November 15, 2002 at 4:33PM
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budster

being as I am in BC I agree with you it shouldn't have happened I saw the original airing of this story on the news and was disgusted with the store and their policy. However as you stated the store did apologize and offered to make it right with the mother (coupons, gift basket whatever). It did not help the mother that night and her friends did step in. It shouldn't have happened and yes I was disgusted but perhaps it will help someone else the next time something like this happens...pennies are legal tender....sometimes store policy stinks..

    Bookmark   November 15, 2002 at 11:01PM
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ruhbehka_re_reformed

Monica,
I bet all those pennies you left on the ground "for kids to find" were happily swiped up by Budster! hehe. She might have to start following you around and picking up the fortune you're leaving behind! woo hoo!
:)

    Bookmark   November 18, 2002 at 11:04AM
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joyfulguy

Hi all,

I'm cussed enough that I'd probably have asked the store to give me a quarter for my pennies, then walked out.

Repeat the same act till they refuse to change more. Then see what I can afford in the store.

If I have four quarters and see something that I want costing $1.50, I'd bring it up to the cashier.

If she refused to accept fifty cents in pennies, I'd look her in the eyee and ask if she'd exchange 25 more pennies for another quarter.

Then tell her that I had $1.25 in quarters and another 25 pennies, so now we could do business.

Actually, most of the time I try to be accomodating to others, to keep the wheels of society running smoothly.

joyful Ed

    Bookmark   November 19, 2002 at 5:56PM
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Melissa_M

This has been a most interesting thread. It has given me some insight into human habits. Some people will do anything if there is a small monetary reward tied to it (and I happen to be one of these people). Some people don't care to pick up garbage . . .and it shows all over the United States with the enormous amounts of litter we create!
Back in early March I began taking a 3 mile walk each day. Over these months I have become well known to my neighbors on my walking route. I am the woman with the garbage bag who cleans up her neighborhood while out walking. I now notice that FAR MORE residents are making the effort on their streets to keep the route I walk litter free! Hmmmmmmm, why? Do they like the cleaner appearance or is it an embarassment to have their neighbors see me pick up trash in front of their yard?
Turquoise: I KNOW there are many folks just like you who would NEVER DREAM of picking up a piece of garbage (pennys or otherwise), but if for one month EVERYONE would pick up five pieces of garbage daily and dispose of it properly we would soon have it demonstrated loud and clear how much small efforts make over time. . . and that is the point being made by those who do pick up pennys . . . small efforts turn into big efforts over time.

    Bookmark   November 23, 2002 at 9:22AM
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avajo

Sometimes I will pick up a penny and sometimes I won't,depending on how bad my back is hurting that day. BUT I always pick up trash if I see it and I never,ever throw trash down or allow my children to.

    Bookmark   December 2, 2002 at 2:35PM
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Bobbi1

I would be foolish if I didn't. A penny saved, is a penny earned! Pennies add up and they can add up in my pocket, just fine!

    Bookmark   December 4, 2002 at 6:43PM
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eiagaaf

Yep, a penny saved is more like 1 1/2 cents earned!!!! (Depending on your tax bracket) Just my way of saying saving more money can be more important than earning more.

    Bookmark   December 5, 2002 at 8:42AM
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joyfulguy

Hi eiagaaf and all,

How true your observation that a dollar saved does NOT merely equal a dollar of increased earnings.

Now that tax preparation season is upon us ...

We can all appreciate how true it is that ...

a dollar saved is worth about $1.40 increase in money earned (depending on one's tax bracket.

ole joyful (volunteer income tax preparer trained by the Income Tax people to prepare returns free for low income people)

    Bookmark   April 13, 2003 at 4:23AM
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talley_sue_nyc

well, I live in NYC, so there are some places I won't pick up a penny from.

The crosswalk is one of them (don't want to get pasted--plus, it's probably starting to stick to the asphalt already).

The corners in the subway is another.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2003 at 4:58PM
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goldy

I am a walker and always look down.I have found pennies fifty dollar bills and jewlery.I don't pass anything up that looks of value.If you were born during the depression years I don't think you could just walk by a penny.I wish I had a dine for everytime my bill said 6.01.Yes I'm digging for the penny because I don't want to brake a dollar bill.

    Bookmark   November 1, 2003 at 9:58AM
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joyfulguy

Hey, Goldy ...

keep up the good work.

$6.01 may be $6.10 the next time you shop.

And by then you may have found at least four more pennies to put toward the extra cost!

Those pennies, plus an extra nickel in your pocket, might even save you breaking a $5.00 bill!

Once you break 'em, the rest sures scoots fast, doesn't it?

Good wishes to you and the ones who are important to you,

joyful guy/Ed

    Bookmark   November 2, 2003 at 1:00AM
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tahlequahgardens

Yup, sure do. Yesterday I rode a 58 mile bicycle ride with my daughter and my husband... and I found a penny. This was at a great location too! :) Riding a steep uphill, and I was out of breath, and kinda tired, I see a penny, and stop. Bend down, pick it up, and stay for a couple of minutes before mounting back up, and riding on. Sure felt good to have a reason to stop! :) Plus, I was a penny richer.

Moni

    Bookmark   November 5, 2003 at 12:22AM
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teresava

Absolutely positively! I don't turn down any kind of free money and takes about 2 seconds of my time!

At my last job, I used to walk to and from the train station. During that walk, I passed many parking meters. I can't even tell you the amount of pennies, nickels, dimes I found next to the meters on those walks. I figure people were in a hurry for meeting/appt and couldn't be bothered to pick up dropped change.

I have always beena saver. The year I got engaged I saved all my spare change in a jar. Had an "extra" $88 to bring on the honeymoon! Then once we were married, DH and I saved all our spare change in a big plastic jar, and in a year or two had saved $236 to put towards buying a washing machine!

    Bookmark   November 12, 2003 at 1:47PM
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Cinderella

I sure do!!!!

    Bookmark   November 16, 2003 at 7:48PM
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joyfulguy

The other day while watching a Santa Claus parade in a nearby city, I'd been asking questions and carrying on a discussion with a family standing there.

Looking down, I saw a penny lying in the street. I reached down and picked it up.

It appeared to have been there for some time, as it was a bit bent and rather heavily scarred

I laughed and said that I'd heard that when one finds a penny, one should give it away.

Offered it to their daughter, about 7 years old.

Her hand slowly crept out to receive it - didn't break any speed records.

I told her that I was sorry that it was so badly bent and scarred - but that it would still buy a penny's worth of goods.

People that are old, bent and scarred have value, also.

I think I told her that if she could keep her eyes open and find 99 more (that she chose not to give away) or save some from change that she gets, between now and when she gets to age 15, if she were to invest the 100 cents and get 5% growth rate on the investment - 50 years later, when she achieves the grand old age of 65, she'd have over $11.00.

Should she get 10% growth - value at age 65 would be $117.00.

Not too shabby, I'd say.

Few kids are interested in a 50 year time horizon - but those that might have their interest piqued enough to pursue such ideas would do well, financially.

Remember - every dollar of income you receive becomes an employee in your personal business.

Use them to buy food, they're gone in a week.

To buy a car - gone in 5 - 10 years.

To buy a table - gone in 50 years.

To buy a home - gone in 100 years.

Invested - they'll work for you as long as you choose to employ them. Even for your children and grandchildren.

Pennies are important.

ole joyful

    Bookmark   November 26, 2003 at 2:27AM
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lexi7

I remembered this thread today when Oprah said she picks up a penny. With all her millions, she still picks up a penny. That message should say a lot to everybody.

However, one of the guests had much food, cleaners, and hygiene products stored in her basement. They came down on her for that and encouraged her to give some of it away. I thought the lady was smart to have a cache of supplies.

    Bookmark   March 2, 2009 at 9:23PM
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ilene_in_neok

I picked up a dime last week in front of the accountant's office when I went to pick up our tax returns. It was a CANADIAN dime. It travelled a long way to get from Canada to Oklahoma! OJ, have you been to my state? LOL

I bought a jacket at a yard sale once for $5. There was a ten-dollar bill in the pocket.

Our bank has a machine that you can just dump your coins into and it will automatically deposit the total into your bank account.

DH doesn't like pennies, won't carry them. If something costs 19.01 he gets 4 more because of the lack of one in his pocket. Throws them on the dresser. So they collect.

DGS is careless with his money. Wash his jeans and check his pockets beforehand. He's getting better about cleaning out his pockets now, since I keep the money and read whatever "love notes" I find. I learn a lot that way. LOL

    Bookmark   March 4, 2009 at 8:32AM
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gayle0000

YES!!! In fact, I have been saving all the coins I find since September 2000. My boyfriend at the time made fun of me for picking up coins. That night, we went to a chinese restaurant and on my fortune cookie it said,

"The key to vast riches begins with a single penny."

Right there I decided I would save all the found money and see how it added up. BF is gone, but I still have that little fortune taped into my dayplanner, and all that money in an interest-bearing savings account.

March 2009, I have around $118.00 in that account, and about $3.00 more in a jar I need to go deposit sometime.

It all adds up.

    Bookmark   March 5, 2009 at 8:15PM
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wjswe

Yes, we pick up pennies and this year have decided that we will save all pennies and donate them to a charity.

That is if we don't become the charity ourselves before the end of the year....

    Bookmark   March 5, 2009 at 9:46PM
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newgardenelf

If it is heads up I pick it up. If it is heads down I make a cross on the ground and turn it over for the next lucky person- boy my kids are right- I am weird.

    Bookmark   March 6, 2009 at 1:39PM
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budster

Nice to re-read this old thread. I'm still picking up any found money and it goes into a piggy bank. When the thing is heavy, I count and roll it. Into the bank it goes. Every little bit helps......not only do I pick up any money off the ground, but I also will return shopping carts to the drop off point and pick up the extra quarter someone else left behind, some days it is a dollar coin. All goes into the same bank...... a rainy day fund

    Bookmark   March 6, 2009 at 3:14PM
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dadoes

I still work at the movie theater mentioned above almost seven years ago, but not as part of the clean-up crew. I do sometimes check the auditoriums later after closing. Month or so ago, I noticed some paper scraps of the telltale green color under a seat. Investigated, found someone had torn a $1 to bits. I collected the pieces, taped them together. A few pieces are missing in the middle, but more than 85% of the bill is intact with the serial numbers. Desperate for a dollar? Perhaps. But it was fun to do, and I do have a dollar that I didn't have before. :-)

    Bookmark   March 6, 2009 at 3:17PM
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caavonldy

Every year our church has a "Penny Challenge" The different Sunday-school classes compete to see which one can collect the most pennies. Whenever we see a penny, we all call out "a penny for Jesus" and add it to our penny jar.

    Bookmark   March 6, 2009 at 6:56PM
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joyfulguy

A couple of months ago when I saw a lady with a bag of change about to drop it into the change counting machine at the local (chain) grocery store, I asked her if she knew what percentage they charged for counting it.

She didn't ... and when I told her that it was 9.8%, she darn near swallowed her false teeth (if she was wearing any).

Anyway, she decided that she'd take it home and count it herself!

I told her that there's a similar machine at the local bank (the main one that I use - not the one whose shares I've owned for over 40 years - don't ask me why not) that will give her a credit slip for the amount, with no deduction/fee.

It'd take her about 4 years or more to earn the equivalent amount, should she have decided to deposit it into her savings account, though.

Wow! Is this an old thread, recently resurrected ... sure wouldn't happen over at the Kitchen Table - stuff falls over the edge into the abyss from page 67, over there, after less than 3 months!

Talkative bunch, I guess ... but there's room for more coffee drinkers/talkers, and many of the dicussions are a lot of fun ... plus much good advice to be found.

ole joyful

    Bookmark   March 7, 2009 at 5:56AM
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jannie

I have a habit of looking down when I walk . One day while walking, I found three or four dollar bills in a pile of leaves. Another time, in a Rite Aid Drug Store, I found a folded up 20 dollar bill. It pays to look down! Once I almost got in a fight. I was standing in line at a Burger King, reached in my pocket for some money, and pulled my hand out. The woman behind said, "You just dropped some money". Another woman on another line screamed out "That's mine" and grabbed the dollar bills I had just drpooed. I was afraid to stop her. BUt I do pick up any pennies/cents I see.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2009 at 4:55PM
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bengardening

Yes my husband and my daughter and my son and myself all pick up pennies. My husband was at a gas station one day and there was some change on the ground he picked it all up that he could find and it was over 4.00. We like to go to rummage sales and one day my daughter found some plastic easter eggs. She wouldnt give them to the lady to take the sticker off, instead she gave her the sticker she paid 25cents for the eggs and there was over 4.00 in the eggs in quarters. I went to a rummage sale one time and I tried on a dress and I could hear money in the pocket, I went out to pay for the dress I think it was 2.00 and the lady made sure she told me that it was clean and had been washed. When I got in the car there was over 9.00 in the pocket I didnt even feel bad because she had lied to me in the first place so I went home and washed it myself which I would have done anyway

    Bookmark   March 8, 2009 at 11:33PM
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joyfulguy

Greetings Jannie,

Too bad you hadn't grabbed for the money that you'd dropped, yourself ... and in the process happened to have hit the grabber's nose with your knee.

I'd have given her an argument, I think ... and if she succeeded in grabbing it, had some fairly uncomplimentary comments to make, rather loudly, during the rest of the wait. I think there's a five-letter word that describes such a person - starts with "T", ends with "f" ... and rhymes with "leaf".

ole joyful

    Bookmark   March 9, 2009 at 4:03PM
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nosambos

I must admit I hate pennies. I have several containers full. I have been known to throw them out in the garbage. Sometimes I leave them on the lunch counter at work and it takes days for them to disappear. I make sure I always have four so that I can reduce my chance of getting more.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2009 at 10:00PM
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budster

nosambos - give a container to a homeless person you see, doesn't matter who. Give them to a church, any church, give them to a school. Give them to someone, anyone, do not throw them into the trash, so many would thank you for taking the time to just GIVE.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2009 at 10:33PM
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marilyn_sue

Sure would!

    Bookmark   March 18, 2009 at 8:44PM
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dadoes

I don't understand why anyone would toss a container of coins to the trash! That's quite a sad thing to do.

I checked on the floor behind the rows of seats at the rear walls a few nights ago, found $0.86.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2009 at 10:35PM
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joyfulguy

When we get right down to it ...

... isn't it a Federal offence to destroy or discard currency?

Including pennies, I assume.

Fairly substantial penalty, I think, if caught and charged.

ole joyful

    Bookmark   March 19, 2009 at 12:28AM
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mommabird

At my sons' basketball games, there are recycling containers beside every trash can - RIGHT beside them. I do my "good deed" of the day on Saturdays by picking the cans & water bottles off the top of the trash cans & putting them in the recycling containers. You would not believe it - the trash cans will be overflowing with cans & bottles and the recycling containers empty!

I don't dig through the trash, just take the ones off the top. One day I found a $10 bill in the trash can! I figured the Universe was rewarding me for being a recycling zealot!

And yes I do pick up change when I see it!

    Bookmark   March 19, 2009 at 9:31PM
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eric_92037

Absolutely not. IÂm the one who ignores change I happen to drop. Just be sure you put my money to good use.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2009 at 12:36AM
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bill_h

not anymore. with my back, and my lousy medical coverage, it could cost me a fortune.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2009 at 12:32PM
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joyfulguy

Hi Bill,

Sorry about your back.

My friends gave me a "Merry Christmas" hat on Christmas Eve ... that the high wind blew off of my head after Christmas Eve communion at church, as I approached my back door.

Found it in the morning ... frozen in. Slipped on ice, chopped it free with shovel, took it to the giver's house ... who took a pic of it, with ice on the peak, while it sat on my head.

Later in the day, going to a friend's house for Christmas supper, slipped on glare ice while retrieving the hat to show him, fell heavily. A couple of days later, felt twinges in back, it got quite hurtful for a time when I moved in certain ways.

It took about two months for it get back to normal, and during that time I'd have had a hard time getting down to pick up money, whether a penny or something more, or other thing of value, on the ground ... but, as I'm reasonably (or unreasonably) stubborn, I'd have probably found a way!

Anyway, the back's almost completely back to normal now ... and I don't think that it cost me any unretrieved pennies during the ordeal (well, not really an "ordeal", unless one chooses to more or less make a mountain out of a molehill).

Found a couple of pennies on the ground in the last while.

By the way - how many coin slots in pay phones do you check out, for coin taking their ease therein?

I haven't found any in quite a while, but find some from time to time.

Once, when a couple of charities were collecting at the exit from a chain grocery ... I found two coins, in two phones ... and they got them.

Don't think that I'd ever found two coins in two phones before ... or since!

Good wishes for keeping our eye out for pennies! And not only hanging on to yours ... but putting them to work wisely!

ole joyful

    Bookmark   March 21, 2009 at 2:52AM
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marilyn_sue

A lot of people have metal detectors and they pick up most everything. It is a lot of fun!

    Bookmark   March 21, 2009 at 12:18PM
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sally2009

yes i will pick up a penney.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2009 at 2:53PM
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