A penny for your thoughts

September 7, 2008 at 3:42 pm 9 comments

Who says pennies are useless? I’ve read reports of pennies being abolished.

At home, we keep our pennies in this tin container. This is where my youngest son takes his pennies to put in his Penny Power bag. His catechism class has a Penny Power Project that encourages the students to bring pennies in a Ziploc bag every Saturday. The pennies collected from the school are then sent to the village of Loma Linda in El Salvador and help with the children’s schooling there.

Once in a while, I’d also dig in this container when money is tight. Like now. After spending a lot on tuition fees, school supplies and new clothes for the kids, I’m broke. It’s true what they say. After Christmas, school opening is the next most expensive season.

After rolling all those pennies, nickels and dimes, I counted $9.00. I’m bringing these to the bank tomorrow. That’s gonna make my purse heavy.

Would you just throw $9.00 away? That can buy us a gallon of milk and a loaf of bread.

That loose change will stay in the container until we can collect enough to roll them, or when I find myself broke again. :(

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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Toe  |  September 8, 2008 at 8:13 am

    I like that Penny Power Project Niceheart. It teaches children charity. You are right. I also keep all my change in a jar. Madami din yan after a few months.

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  • 2. Sexy Mom  |  September 8, 2008 at 9:56 am

    oh yes, keeping small change in a jar or a bottle is a good idea, like a piggy bank. when the bottle is full, i am kinda surprised–pera din pala

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  • 3. JO  |  September 8, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    do your bank charge you for changing coins? i was charged before. kainis!

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  • 4. niceheart  |  September 8, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    No, the bank didn’t charge me at all. It’s probably because I am a client.

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  • 5. haze  |  September 9, 2008 at 9:09 am

    I keep my pennies too they’re useful. I buy bread, stamps and when I am out & need to photo copy something it helps a lot and practical because the machine needs .10 cents only :D !

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  • 6. julie  |  September 10, 2008 at 4:57 am

    that looks familiar :) we do that too, Niceheart.

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  • 7. pining  |  September 12, 2008 at 10:29 am

    we put ours in a tin as well, then when it’s full, we take it to the supermaket where they have a machine to change it into notes (coinstar), for a minimal charge.
    sweet of your yougest to give some to charity :-)

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  • 8. Kyels  |  September 15, 2008 at 5:04 am

    I keep my coins too – even the 1 cents which are hardly used b/c of its value. I have so many of them and at the end of day, those cents will go into the donation box b/c it will definitely make a difference for the ones in need.

    ;D

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  • 9. annamanila  |  September 28, 2008 at 6:59 am

    The tiny coins look so nice in the pictures. I wonder if they could be turned into bangles or buttons or whatever. I got a lot of five and 10 centavo coins at home and in the office which I don’t know what to do with. I hope some school launches a project like the one you described.

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