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Title: pick up a penny?
Post by: albireo13 on April 06, 2018, 05:35:06 AM
If I see a penny on the ground I still stop to pick it up. 
Folks at work, and even my kids, make fun of me.



 Still ... it's a mindset.  It's legal tender and I just add it to my jar.
After awhile I empty my jar at a Coinstar machine and get a certificate for Amazon.

Others??

Title: Re: pick up a penny?
Post by: jim555 on April 06, 2018, 05:46:34 AM
Not worth the effort for the value of it.
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Post by: Fuyu on April 06, 2018, 06:01:10 AM
Me too =). It's something I do without thinking like buying shampoo when it's on sale.
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Post by: APowers on April 06, 2018, 06:19:05 AM
I pick up pennies. No need to let perfectly good money just languish on the ground. I've never had anyone make fun of me for it, though.
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Post by: lizzzi on April 06, 2018, 06:34:21 AM
Yes, I pick up pennies--occasionally find a nickel, dime, or rarely a quarter. Pick them up, put them in the piggy bank, roll up my coins once in a while and take them to the bank. Why would you not? Nobody laughs at me.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on April 06, 2018, 06:36:59 AM
99 more and it makes a dollar! YES, pick them up!

See a penny, pick it up, all the day you'll have good luck!
Title: Re: pick up a penny?
Post by: reeshau on April 06, 2018, 07:23:32 AM
These days, I am more likely to notice it, and leave it for a child to find--imagining it means more to them than to me.

But I do notice it.

I think that's as much a part of the mindset as picking it up to save with more--attention to the little details, which you expect to add up.
Title: Re: pick up a penny?
Post by: I'm a red panda on April 06, 2018, 07:40:57 AM
Not worth the effort for the value of it.
But it is free exercise!
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Post by: Linea_Norway on April 06, 2018, 07:59:44 AM
I seldom find pennies, but I do pick up coins when I find them, if people are not looking. Sometimes I leave a coin on the floor if it would be awkward to pick it up (difficult to reach and many viewers). Then I figure a child can pick it up later.
Title: Re: pick up a penny?
Post by: jim555 on April 06, 2018, 08:07:52 AM
Not worth the effort for the value of it.
But it is free exercise!
True. 
I got rid of all my change recently and don't want to go backwards.
Title: Re: pick up a penny?
Post by: plainjane on April 06, 2018, 08:11:31 AM
So I picked up 4 or 5 pennies on Saturday. But Canada doesn't do pennies any more. So I am unsure what to do with them. Perhaps hide them with US pennies next time I visit?
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Post by: BTDretire on April 06, 2018, 08:17:48 AM
So I picked up 4 or 5 pennies on Saturday. But Canada doesn't do pennies any more. So I am unsure what to do with them. Perhaps hide them with US pennies next time I visit?

  I didn't know they did away with pennies. If the US does that, what am I going to do with my 60lbs of pennies I have? :-)
 They are all pre '82' pennies, so I suspect they will have some value. (High copper content)
Title: Re: pick up a penny?
Post by: TheWifeHalf on April 06, 2018, 09:45:48 AM
I always tell TheHusbandHalf when I see one, because I KNOW he'll pick it up.

When I met him, his brothers called him Squeak, they said because he was so tight. But he has never denied me anything! A Perfect match
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Post by: LaineyAZ on April 06, 2018, 10:05:37 AM
So I picked up 4 or 5 pennies on Saturday. But Canada doesn't do pennies any more. So I am unsure what to do with them. Perhaps hide them with US pennies next time I visit?

  I didn't know they did away with pennies. If the US does that, what am I going to do with my 60lbs of pennies I have? :-)
 They are all pre '82' pennies, so I suspect they will have some value. (High copper content)

My SO collects pre 1982 pennies too.  Otherwise I've been noticing them but leaving them for little kids, as others here have said. 
Title: Re: pick up a penny?
Post by: I'm a red panda on April 06, 2018, 10:08:22 AM
So I picked up 4 or 5 pennies on Saturday. But Canada doesn't do pennies any more. So I am unsure what to do with them. Perhaps hide them with US pennies next time I visit?

I hate when people hide Canadian money in ours.  Usually it is dimes
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Post by: Basenji on April 06, 2018, 10:09:36 AM
Yes

We wrap coins for bank deposit after emptying the large piggy bank about once per year.
Title: Re: pick up a penny?
Post by: misshathaway on April 06, 2018, 10:15:28 AM
Still do it. I watch the ground b/c I am a tripper so I find lots of coins, especially in store parking lots. Then, like OP, I Coinstar them into an Amazon card. It's fun to buy trinkets with found money.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on April 06, 2018, 10:24:12 AM
Cool things to do with PENNIES!!!

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=use+pennies+to+make+flooring&view=detail&mid=0B5542E8C2964C237B7D0B5542E8C2964C237B7D&FORM=VIRE
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Post by: Dusty Dog Ranch on April 06, 2018, 10:36:13 AM
At my office, we take a couple of walks a day. Sometimes the picking up of pennies gets competitive! One time my coworker found an Italian lira in the road, which was crazy enough given that we are in a tiny town in the middle of nowhere, but made even crazier since she was leaving for a cruise to Rome the next week!
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Post by: sisto on April 06, 2018, 10:45:26 AM
I still pick them up too. I have a large change jar that I toss them in.
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Post by: Mrs. Rocker on April 06, 2018, 03:12:11 PM
We always pickup money laying on the ground no matter the denomination.
Title: Re: pick up a penny?
Post by: albireo13 on April 06, 2018, 05:25:48 PM
I was a big coin collector as a kid so I am always hoping I find a neat coin .. maybe an Indian Head cent!
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Post by: plainjane on April 06, 2018, 06:40:21 PM
So I picked up 4 or 5 pennies on Saturday. But Canada doesn't do pennies any more. So I am unsure what to do with them. Perhaps hide them with US pennies next time I visit?
I hate when people hide Canadian money in ours.  Usually it is dimes

We're in ur country, destroying ur economy.
Title: Re: pick up a penny?
Post by: RedmondStash on April 06, 2018, 07:31:46 PM
See a penny, pick it up, all the day you'll have good luck!

These days, I leave it for someone else to find. I've already had good luck, so I figure I'm paying it forward.

But yeah, I used to pick up any spare change I saw on the ground.
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Post by: dragoncar on April 07, 2018, 04:51:29 AM
I wouldn’t pick up a penny but I also wouldn’t make fun of anyone doing so.  If I did pick it up as litter removal I’d probably throw it away.  I hate pennies
Title: Re: pick up a penny?
Post by: MrThatsDifferent on April 07, 2018, 07:35:34 AM
Whenever I find money, I always give it away. I sure as hell don’t need it and there are so many who definitely do need it. Except pennies. Are you kidding me!?!
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Post by: oldmannickels on April 07, 2018, 07:42:33 AM
I walk almost 2 miles through the city to get to work everyday and I almost always find a penny, it's funny because now I spot them from far away. Biggest finds this year were a $20 on my way to the gym, and a $10 in the community pool.
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Post by: 2Birds1Stone on April 07, 2018, 08:38:07 AM
I happily pick up spare change, including pennies.

A meal in Thailand costs between $.30-$1 at many street vendors.
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Post by: TartanTallulah on April 07, 2018, 08:52:15 AM
I always pick up coins from the pavement. It's a bit of a thing in our family. One of my children collects the discarded coins, and at the end of each year they double the sum collected using their own money and make a donation to charity.
Title: Re: pick up a penny?
Post by: MarciaB on April 07, 2018, 09:06:42 AM
Not worth the effort for the value of it.
But it is free exercise!

Yup. Totally worth bending down for (stretch those hamstrings!).

Also - if you repeat a mantra like "I attract money like a magnet" it gives a little psychological boost. 

Well, at the very least it can't hurt - right?
Title: Re: pick up a penny?
Post by: Hula Hoop on April 07, 2018, 09:07:27 AM
At my office, we take a couple of walks a day. Sometimes the picking up of pennies gets competitive! One time my coworker found an Italian lira in the road, which was crazy enough given that we are in a tiny town in the middle of nowhere, but made even crazier since she was leaving for a cruise to Rome the next week!

Was this before or after Italy switched to the euro in 2000?
Title: Re: pick up a penny?
Post by: Dusty Dog Ranch on April 07, 2018, 11:05:30 AM
@Hula Hoop, this was just last year. So she couldn't use it but it was still a heck of a coincidence!
Title: Re: pick up a penny?
Post by: desk_jockey on April 07, 2018, 12:48:29 PM
After awhile I empty my jar at a Coinstar machine and get a certificate for Amazon.

I joined a Credit Union with a coin machine so that I can deposit the change directly into savings.  I'll pick up anything silver, but only sometimes pennies. 
Title: Re: pick up a penny?
Post by: Car Jack on April 09, 2018, 10:50:13 AM
Absolutely, I pick up pennies.

For a time, I was searching penny rolls for pre 82 copper pennies.  I got to the point where I had $20 face value of them and spoke with my local bullion dealer and asked him what they're worth.  He said "Spend them, nobody will pay for them".  I dumped them in my credit union coin machine.

I was able to sell the wheat cents I would find maybe one every 20 rolls I'd search.  Those were sold to the dealer for 1.5 cents each (but I had to have at least a roll to consider) and I forget what I got for the roll of 43 steel pennies.
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Post by: driftwood on April 09, 2018, 12:40:34 PM
I find money on the ground 3/7 days per week, or more. And yes, I ALWAYS pick up pennies I find. Sketchiest was a penny on the ground at the Biscuits stadium last week...ground was pretty dirty from all the stadium food & beverages.

I found a $5 on the edge of the road at the arrivals terminal at ATL two weeks ago.  Biggest score in years.

Penny today in a classroom
Dime and penny this past weekend at the movie theater
It's ridiculous how often I find coins. I always feel happy when I find a coin.

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Post by: PoutineLover on April 09, 2018, 12:46:54 PM
I always pick up coins and any cash I find on the ground, it happens a lot especially when the snow is melting. Living in Canada I don't usually see pennies, but one time I was super lucky and found 2 fives and a ten scattered on the ground outside! If I see a homeless person I'll give them the change I've picked up, otherwise I'll stick it in my wallet. It usually goes in a tip jar, but it's also useful for paying exact change when I'm trying to offload some coins.
Title: Re: pick up a penny?
Post by: driftwood on April 09, 2018, 06:34:29 PM
I found two pennies after posting this. I think it's my superpower.  I would've chosen regenerative healing like Wolverine, but this isn't too bad.
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Post by: Gone Fishing on April 09, 2018, 07:31:26 PM
I pick up pennies. My kid found several Pounds/Euros worth of change on our trip to the UK last year.  People drop coins much more often than bills, especially near security checkpoints, making countries with high value coins more lucrative than the US.
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Post by: Gyosho on April 09, 2018, 07:47:14 PM
Yes I pick up pennies.

Saturday was a fantastic day for me coin-wise. First I found a nickel on the sidewalk and picked it up. A few minutes later I found a whole quarter!!

Jingle jingle.
Title: Re: pick up a penny?
Post by: freeat57 on April 10, 2018, 06:33:33 AM
I pick up coins.  It's entertainment when I'm out on walks.  About a month ago, I found a $5 bill.  I celebrated by walking to my favorite Mexican bakery and buying two items.  Everything there is $1 per item, including cinnamon rolls!  The remaining $3 went to my grocery money. 
Title: Re: pick up a penny?
Post by: jim555 on May 03, 2018, 06:41:52 AM
Who returns bottles/cans for the deposit?
Applies to: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Oregon, Vermont

I have.
Title: Re: pick up a penny?
Post by: Roadrunner53 on May 03, 2018, 06:54:45 AM
I return cans and bottles and put all the money in my piggy bank.

Years ago several of us gave all our cans/bottles to a lady who was having tough times as a single mom. She said it helped her out a lot.

There is a guy in my town who collects cans and lots of people donate them to him. He cashes them all in and he helps people in need with filling their oil tanks, paying an electric bill and other charitable things. Years ago when the town found out about this guy, they wanted to get involved to decide WHO got the donations. People were outraged and that never happened. For cripes sake, the guy does all of this work on his own time. If he wants to pick and choose who gets help, so be it. It isn't a government program.
Title: Re: pick up a penny?
Post by: lizzzi on May 03, 2018, 09:52:26 AM
Who returns bottles/cans for the deposit?
Applies to: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Oregon, Vermont

I have.

I do. (New York). Why would you not? I just toss the coins into my piggy bank until I get enough to roll them up and take to the regular bank.
Title: Re: pick up a penny?
Post by: Mr. Green on May 03, 2018, 10:09:30 AM
Not worth the effort for the value of it.
But it is free exercise!
Just make sure you're squatting properly! Throwing out your back picking up a penny would be maddening.
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Post by: v8rx7guy on May 03, 2018, 10:22:08 AM
If it's a pre-1982 1/2 copper penny, I'll stop.  I have a pretty good eye for them and a giant mason jar at home for someday when the penny gets discontinued and I can melt it down into a giant copper bar... muah hahaha!
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Post by: Loren Ver on May 03, 2018, 10:50:56 AM
I do.  I also pick up washers and other silly things.

But the pennies go into a container and then when DH and I got on a trip they go into the penny squishers to be come souvenirs.  I love going someplace neat and having a 51 cent item to show for it.

LV 
Title: Re: pick up a penny?
Post by: Lives to travel on May 03, 2018, 09:14:27 PM
Are you declaring it as income on your yearly income taxes??? Well, if you aren't you should be!
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Post by: Cali on May 03, 2018, 10:03:32 PM
I actually think it’s bad luck to not pick up pennies.
Title: Re: pick up a penny?
Post by: reeshau on May 04, 2018, 01:28:53 AM
Are you declaring it as income on your yearly income taxes??? Well, if you aren't you should be!

If you find less than 50 per year, then TurboTax and TaxCut would just round it down to zero, anyway.

Everything in moderation.
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Post by: DragonSlayer on May 04, 2018, 06:16:26 AM
I always pick up any money I find!

Side story: I was at Sheetz last night getting a bag of ice. (Fridge died and we're feeding the cooler while we wait for the replacement.) It cost $2.03. I gave the guy $2.05. (Ironically, I'd just picked the nickel up in the parking lot, so I didn't have to break another dollar bill.)

He said, "Do you want those pennies back in change?" Yes. Yes, I do. I'm not letting some corporation keep my change. Give it!
Title: Re: pick up a penny?
Post by: marty998 on May 13, 2018, 05:44:40 AM
Are you declaring it as income on your yearly income taxes??? Well, if you aren't you should be!

If you find less than 50 per year, then TurboTax and TaxCut would just round it down to zero, anyway.

Everything in moderation.

Wait what?

So if I lose a penny I can claim it as a deduction right?

Or Uncle Sam only cares about you finding money, not losing it...?

Title: Re: pick up a penny?
Post by: mak1277 on May 16, 2018, 08:56:47 AM
Nope...in fact I will go out of my way to figure out a way to get rid of any loose change that I have after a cash purchase.  If there's a tip jar, it's always going in there.  If not, I am annoyed the rest of the day with in jingling in my pocket.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on May 16, 2018, 11:20:53 AM
Wow, any loose change is going into MY tip jar at home! Saved all loose change, many different denominations for probably about 8-10 years and when we counted it we had $5,000! All my soda/beer bottle returns, loose change, lottery winnings and other bills.

No problem with loose change jingling in my pocket, goes right to my little piggy!
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Post by: Car Jack on May 17, 2018, 08:21:37 AM
I went on a sales car yesterday (I'm tech support) and while walking along the sidewalk in south boston, the sales guy with me bent over and picked up a nickle and handed it to me.  Now that's a win. 

The best I've done was when my wife (fiance at the time) moved to a house in Arlington, Ma.  We were waiting at the bus stop and I looked down and there was money all over.  I ended up picking up $21.75 in bills and coins.  I remember telling her "Boy, people around here must be rich".

I'll also admit that along with hard cash, on my daily lunchtime walk, I also will pick up copper wire.  I do some scrapping so have boxes of insulated wire that'll eventually go to the scrap yard for cash.  Every mili-ounce helps.
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Post by: Dicey on May 17, 2018, 08:58:58 AM
Katy over at The Non Consumer Advocate keeps an annual tally of found money,  Donna Freedman's daughter has a blog called "I Pick Up Pennies".

My coin story is that I'm the one who collects the coin from the library's lobby bookstore cashbox. Once a month, I dump it in a Coinstar machine. It's typically about $110-$130. I like that the Coinstar machine does not process the silver coins, but spits them out. I have a small pile of silver dimes and quarters. I also have a much bigger pile of random coins from all over the world.

My coin question is what to do with the foreign coins and the silver to convert them to US Dollars optimally so the money can be spent on resources for the library. And tips or suggestions? Thanks!
Title: Re: pick up a penny?
Post by: Roadrunner53 on May 17, 2018, 09:20:42 AM
God question Dicey, I have some change from Aruba and Canada and maybe France too!