10 things to do with your pennies


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Happy Birthday President Lincoln! Did you know that he became the face of the penny in 1909? Since then, there’s been so many sayings attached to the pretty penny including “A penny saved is a penny earned” to “In for a penny, in for a pound.”

Honestly speaking, I actually have a penny-phobia. I’ve seen so many of them that are dirty it makes me wonder what sort of history it has (and not in the pleasant way).  However, when I get a new cent in my hand, it makes me smile because it’s so beautiful. While you may feel like you can’t buy anything with a penny which is probably true unless you have a high value coupon, there are 10 different things that you could do with it:

  1. Make a wish. Since I was young, I believed that making a wish and throwing a penny into a fountain would make it come true. Now my children believe in it too. It’s a great bonding experience with the family.
  2. Souvenir. Whether you go to a local amusement park or Disney World, you can get your pennies pressed into a memorabilia. The kids think it’s really cool and it will be the cheapest thing you can probably get at the attraction.
  3. Donate. If you can save a penny, how nice would it be to pass it onto someone who doesn’t have it. It’s never too early for your kids to save a change full of jar and donate it to a local charity of their choice.
  4. Education. I’ve found that pennies make for the perfect counters when teaching your children addition and subtraction. They visually identify how numbers are added and taken away.
  5. Penny bracelet. With the pressed pennies that you’ve collected from various places, make a nice souvenir penny bracelet.
  6. Penny ring. Love my rings and what a clever way to showcase a ring. This DIY penny ring is going to be easy to make and cute to wear.
  7. Play a practical joke. Of course, we’ve got to have some fun. Penny lock a door and get a nice laugh out of it. Please do it on someone that will be a player so that you don’t create enemies.
  8. Skip granite, install a penny countertop. It looks very modern and sleek and I can picture this pretty much anywhere. Love the industrial and clean look to it.
  9. Dance on it. If your child is going to their first tap class, make them temporary tap shoes to wear until you find out if they like it.
  10. Add Flooring. We’ve got carpet, hardwood, laminate, tile, marble, vinyl, concrete and now you can add pennies to the list. Install pennies on your floors to make it stand out and make a statement.

Have these ten ideas inspired you to do something creative with your pennies?  Please comment below.

(Source: Savings.com)

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  1. ChuckG

    2 years ago

    In one of the latest episodes of “Pawn Stars” the Old Man hoarded his pennies. He had 5 gallon tubs full of pennies hidden around the pawn shop. Small wonder why we have a copper shortage. Must have had $5000 worth of pennies. Can you imagine how many years that takes to collect?

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