Do you see a penny and pick it up?

@whywiki (6070)
Canada
February 28, 2008 10:28am CST
I used to pick up every penny I saw as it is good luck to pick it up. At least that is what my mom used to tell me. These days I rarely bend over to pick up a penny, I guess I am just too lazy. I'll stoop for a nickel. I know a penny saved is a penny earned but I have so much change as it is with our dollars and two dollar bills being coins in Canada now. Do you still stop and pick up pennies?
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@danzer (2732)
• Philippines
28 Feb 08
Yes I pick up pennies whenever I see them. It might not be big but if they are accumulated, it can be helpful to someone in need! A happy day to you!
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@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
28 Feb 08
That is true. We have this ill little girl in BC and she collected change and everyone in the city it seemed gave her the change they had collected and she ended up with more than a million for her charity!
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@whittby (3073)
• United States
28 Feb 08
Oh I pick up those pennies. My kids probably don't even though when they were little, it was a big deal. My change goes right into a little jar and then to the grocery store to the change exchange machines. Of course, using those machines loses a little bit of my money for costs, so maybe the pennies I pick up pay for the transaction. And of course, I'd feel a little twinge of supersitition if I walked right by that little coin on the ground.
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@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
28 Feb 08
I wish they had those change exchange machines here. I spend hours about once a year rolling up jars of change, mostly pennies.
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• United States
28 Feb 08
Oh yes, pick up the pennies! I do the same thing. My husband used to kid me when I would pick up pennies, dimes or what have you. I put them in jars. Once in the earlier times of our marrige we were low on funds. I took the coin jar to the store change exchange machine and walked out with that nights dinner and enough for a week of gas to get to work. There is no more kidding me about picking up pennies.
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@whittby (3073)
• United States
28 Feb 08
Oh I remember the lean years when this change had to be rolled up and used for groceries and gas. And when the kids were little, we'd also raid the change jar and go get them slushies at the local 7-eleven. I never minded paying in nickels.
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@supeemom (122)
• United States
28 Feb 08
Depends on how dirty it is.. I do collect change here and there and let our little one put in her piggy bank. We are trying to teach her about responsibility and the value of money early. It does drive me completely insane to walk past a fountain and see ALL the change laying there at the bottom of the water doing nothing. Not earning interest, not being used to stimulate the economy. And really do you think a penny in a fountain is going to make your wishes come true???
• United States
28 Feb 08
The money doesn't just sit there. Every once in a while the money is collected and donated. Every fountain goes to a specific charity. Some fountains will have plaques that tell you where the money goes. Do we believe that our wishes will come true? not likely. it's fun for kids, though. they're using their imagination. and it's harmless. Our kids should learn the value of money, but I don't believe in teaching them to be scrooges. We give to those that are less fortunate. anyway. money in the fountains are donations. I hope knowing that doesn't upset you so much. why do you think it's illegal to take the money back out of the fountain?
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@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
28 Feb 08
I think wishing on a penny in a fountain will make your wishes come true as much as any other thing, like wishing on a falling star or wishing before blowing out candles on a cake.
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@miller1978 (1104)
• United States
28 Feb 08
I will only pick up a penny if it's heads up as I believe in good luck/bad luck. If a penny is heads up it will bring you good luck. If it's tails up it will bring you bad luck. That's what my parents always taught me and I have done the same with my children. At times they will even find change roaming around the vehicle and say Mom can I keep this. I tell them yes. Makes it interesting and keeps them busy whenever we go somewhere.
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@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
28 Feb 08
I'd never heard the heads up/heads down thing before.
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• United States
29 Feb 08
I've never heard this either. Interesting! As a kid, I was taught the rhyme, "Find a penny, pick it up, all the day you'll have good luck."
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@Zairo7 (78)
• Canada
3 Mar 08
Always stoop for coins. If I were to add up all the coins I've found in 2007, it adds up to around $40. Free money is free money, and if I'm on here posting for pennies, why wouldn't I go for free money right in front of me?
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@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
3 Mar 08
After I posted this topic I thought about the fact I walk past pennies yet I post for pennies, kind of strange isn't it?
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@cher913 (25893)
• Canada
28 Feb 08
i always pick up a penny if i see it laying in the street or sidewalk. i once got a bunch of dirty looks because i stopped in the middle of the road to pick one up!
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@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
28 Feb 08
I used to always pick them up when I was younger but I guess I have been getting really lazy lately and it really is kind of stupid to pass up any money.
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@starangel (414)
• United States
28 Feb 08
I use to do that w/ my great-grandmother when I was a little girl. I didn't do it much after growing up until just recently. My Great-grandmother just passed away in the summer, so now I find myself picking up more pennies all the time. You know, there have been instances when people have found pennies that were worth more than a penny. Old coins have value. Now, if i drop a penny, I'll leave it for someone else to find. My kids light up when they find pennies, so I know that my dropped penny will make another kids day, too. i'm funny like that. And, I'm not really superstitious, but if i see the tail, i have to turn it over and walk away. not all the time, but I can be like that sometimes. i guess i'm more wierd than funny. lol.
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
28 Feb 08
It is nice that you have such great memories of her. I think I feel better now that I know when I drop pennies I am probably cheering up some child.
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• India
28 Feb 08
I feel nothing wrong in picking up a penny when you saw it. Here also some people say it is a symbol of fortune. What I usally do is I will drop that in temple collection box OR give it to a begger on the toad side.
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@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
28 Feb 08
I think it is nice you would make the effort to pick it up and then give it away.
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@crazylady (470)
• United States
4 Mar 08
I sure do! Pennies add up! I have six in my pocket right now..two of which I found cleaning my kids room.
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@cortjo73 (6500)
• United States
28 Feb 08
I used to when I was younger. But, these days, I don't carry a lot of cash around. I tend to use my debit/visa card more than anything else. Plus, knowing what is on money now, I just have a really hard time handling cash. People are filthy...not all...but most. The disgusting stuff that is on money weirds me out. I really only have cash after a birthday or Christmas. Usually the first few months of the year following Christmas as my Bday was just last Friday. But, once that cash is spent (usually for Starbucks coffe), I don't carry cash and picking up a coin from the ground is just more cash I don't want to touch or carry! I am a little tiny bit of germaphobe. Sort of a new thing for me this year because I get sick so easily that, I just don't want to take anymore chances than I already am taking by being out in public. Nevermind the feces that ends up on money because some people don't wash their hands after using the bathroom. Ugh! I am nauseated just thinking about it! Thanks a lot for making me sick to my stomach with your discussion topic! LOL! Just kidding!
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@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
28 Feb 08
Money is filthy that is so true. When I drove a cab at the end of the night my hands would be black from handling the cash. Now you are making me want to go wash my hands!
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@cortjo73 (6500)
• United States
28 Feb 08
Serves you right for making me nauseous with the thought of dirty money! LOL! Go wash your filthy hands! LOL! Just kidding. That is so gross about how black your hands would get after handling all that money! I never even thought of how visibly dirty a lot of handling money can do! Gross! I just think of the invisible bugs and filth! Ick! So nasty! Love my debit/visa! It is a slight bit less safe if it gets stolen but, then again...you don't have proof if someone stole your cash so, you will never get that back. At least most banks protect you so that if your debit/cc is stolen, they will give you your money back! And, since I don't have to hand my card over to someone as much as I can just swipe it, it is a lot less filthy. Hehehe!
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@cortjo73 (6500)
• United States
29 Feb 08
Gross! Now I don't feel anything is safe! LOL! I guess I will just have to start using my antibacterial wipes on my debit/visa too! Yuck! But, thank you for pointing that out! And, that sleeve idea is smart too!
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• United States
29 Feb 08
I pick up any form of change. Yes, even pennies. As long as the object has monetary value of some sort, I will pick it up, no matter what. One time I spotted a penny in the middle of the road, but I was not going to go until I picked up that penny. So I waited almost five minutes for all of the cars to go, then I proceeded to pick it up and added it up to my penny collection. My penny collection comes in handy at the end of the year when I exchange it for gift cards at Coinstar. -Feel Free to Disagree!
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
29 Feb 08
I can just picture you perched on the sidewalk watching the traffic whiz by waiting to pounce, like that frogger scene with george on seinfeld.
• United States
28 Feb 08
A few days ago I got about 5 pennies off the table at the post office. I don't bend down to pick up pennies. It's because my knees are bad. I do take them from places left by others. I use them first when shopping as well. I will bend down for a dime or more.
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@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
28 Feb 08
I bend for dimes too. That doesn't sound quite right does it?
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@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
18 Mar 08
No i do't. I say to my daughter"see a penny pick it up." She picks it up. It'll go in her bank. Then hand sanitizer that I keep in my purse goes on her hands. lol
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@rcaira7 (145)
• United States
7 Mar 08
My five year old is always finding pennies...i tell him it is good luck and he's always looking...
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@MsTickle (24991)
• Australia
5 Mar 08
We no longer use one or two cent pieces. However, people tend to throw away handfuls of five cent pieces. I picked up 65 cents one time. It's getting much harder for me to pick them up as well with my bad knees, sore back and extra weight but I just can't leave them there. People don't have the respect for money they should. Remember the old adage...If you look after your pennies, the pounds take care of themselves...so, ok, that was pre decimal but it stuck with me and it's very true. I've always been careful with money.
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@bgerig (1259)
• United States
4 Mar 08
I still pick up every penny I find. Not only for the good luck, but for the extra penny. You never know when you will need it. I have been down to almost only a penny (not quite) so I still like to pick it up. It is amazing, to me though, the number of people I see who do not do it.
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• United States
2 Mar 08
Sometimes. It depends, if it is "heads up" and I am not in a hurry already and the penny in question is not gross looking!
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• China
3 Mar 08
If it is one buck or more, I will pick it up. I remember when I was a kid, I used to pick up every penny on the road. Maybe I changed a lot too.
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
3 Mar 08
Sometimes I wish I could go back in time when lifes joys were simple like that of a found penny on the side of the road.
• China
4 Mar 08
Yes, me too. Maybe our lives don't change at all, but we changed. Can we go back? Can we give up something we have now?
• Canada
1 Mar 08
Heck yes! Sure, I believe in the whole "penny saved, penny earned" deal, but really I'll just stoop for anything shiny. I've been called a crow.
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
2 Mar 08
I love crows, they do go for shiney don't they!
• Canada
3 Mar 08
Shush! It's not may fault, I just like shiny things. I always have.
• United States
29 Feb 08
I pick up what ever change/money I find. I think that it helps me collect change for what I need that money for. And even though it is one penny they end up adding up.
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
29 Feb 08
They really do and when you spend them it is like getting something for free.
• United States
29 Feb 08
Pretty much. I have a container that I keep all my change in and then when it gets full I turn it in.