September 1, 2009

A Penny Saved...


There aren't many of these in towns anymore...at least not the ones that still take pennies! These parking meters are still on all the streets in downtown Silverton, Oregon. A penny will buy you 12 minutes of parking!

Today the copper and zinc used to make a penny is worth more than the penny itself. It costs 1.23 cents to make one penny. That costs our country 20 million dollars a year!

Is there still value in a penny?

* A penny can be used as a "make-do" screwdriver in a pinch.
* It can end an argument with the flip of a head or tails.
* You can win a million bucks with a penny...with a scratch on the right lottery ticket!
* Pennies have become keepsakes when left to get smashed on the railroad tracks.
* And they can bring good luck when placed over a doorway.
* There is penny poker and penny spinning.
* They are put in the slot of a penny loafer and glued to the bottom of a shoe for tap dancing.
* Pennies have even been known to buy a wish at the well!

If we stop making pennies will the nickel take its place? "A nickel for your thoughts?"

I would miss our one cent piece. I have gotten used to pennies over the years. They used to buy me a piece of candy at my local convenience store, now they are placed in a little tray that says "take one leave one"!

A bunch of pennies can do big things. There have been communities of people fed and clothed by collecting pennies... hospital bills paid and homes re-built! It seems that folks find it easy to part with their pennies...especially for a good cause. Pennies do still have value. And like people, sometimes it takes a group of them working together to make a larger impact. Perhaps like me, you have a jar of pennies sitting on a shelf somewhere. I wonder how we might be able to use our pennies to help someone or something in our very own neighborhoods? Hmmm...

A Penny for your Thoughts...



18 comments:

vivian said...

Just one jar? I have a tin in my bedroom, a jar in the kitchen and at work I have a big change purse full! really dont have a clue what to do with them! great post!

Pen Pen said...

... and my name is Penny. Will they start calling me Nickel? (they already do!)

Joy said...

what a cute penny. I will have to try the penny over the door trick.

Denise said...

I can't imagine life without pennies!

XXDenise

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I always pick up pennies when I find them. My husband can't believe as fastidious as I am that I pick up a penny off the ground! lol

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Kailee and I just found a penny today leaving a store :)
It seems silly that it cost more to make a penny than they are worth.
Deb :)

Amy said...

I'm looking at penny's in a new light! Thanks!!!

stefanie said...

wow, i didn't know that it cost that much to make a penny, and 12 minutes, that great compared to some cities, thank you so much for the visit

Ana~A Petite Cottage said...

Hi Carrie,
You learn something new every day! I didn't it cost more to make a penny than what it's worth. Intresting. Loved your penny post. Thank you for stopping by at A Petite Cottage. Hope you come back and visit again real soon. Have a wonderful week.

Blessings,
♥Ana

Diane said...

I usually roll my pennies and bring a bag full into the bank, so I don't have a lot of pennies sitting around. It's fun to see just how much they are worth! I love the photo of the meter!
Hugs, Diane

Utah Grammie said...

DOes anyone remember taping a peeny to the arm of the record player when it started to skip?? Anyone?? Anyone?? Bueller? Bueller??

Judi said...

Hi there
I think I like that post is what I'm thinking..*s*..
That was very interesting and love the meter and pennies do add up and come in handy don't they....that is very impoortant information you gave to us. some of them I know and use it for...very interesting...
hope you've had a great day
Judi

koralee said...

Lovely post...I have never thought about how much pennies are really worth..I love the parking meter..I will continue to save those pennies!

Stella said...

I always pick up a penny and was told that I had to put it in my shoe for good luck. I save my pennies to buy something I think I shouldn't spend money on.

Cathy said...

Find a penny pick it up...all the day you'll have good luck!!!

Have a wonderful day!!!
XOXO
Cathy

Just a little something from Judy said...

I can never walk by a penny without picking it up and saving it. My dad would often tell us that "a penny saved, is a penny earned." He said always save as many as you find. They do add up. We just recently took ours all to the bank's coin machine, and were pleasantly surprised at the amount. Good post !

You and your husband are a nice looking couple. I like the new photo you added.

Charmingdesigns said...

I went to Montacello yesterday. I found a small box, little tiny pair of shoes. They wouldn't let me in the back room..it looked wonderful, did you buy anything???

Charmingdesigns said...

I love that Silverton will take pennies for their parking meter

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