Why bother picking up pennies?
Although I don’t like to waste, I don’t generally find value in bending over and picking up a dirty penny. However, I do enjoy learning how others find loose change, such as My Good Cents. I figure, hey if you can make a story out of it, then at least it’s interesting to read.
Even I didn’t resist when my old coworker offered me about $5 worth of loose pennies that he collected during breakfast and lunch every day for 18 months at work. It was the last day of my last contract, and I had gone in to collect all my things, as did everyone else. My coworker didn’t have a bag (while I did), and even if he did I doubt he would have lugged around a couple pounds of coppery metal on his trek back home.
But imagine collecting 55,000 pennies over 19 years! You might immediately see that huge number and think it’s a fortune, but alas it’s only $550. I wonder if all that bending and squatting will cause more back problems than could be covered by $550. Now if it was anything higher than a penny, then I’d be impressed and even jealous. But 55,000 pennies is just a burden in my mind.
Here’s how much 55,000 coins in other denominations would be:
Dollar coins: $55,000…duh!
Unfortunately, other people find the value in silver- and gold-colored coins so you’d be hard-pressed to come by 55,000 nickels, much less dollar coins. But if you enjoy searching for spare change, then all for you. It’s just not for me unless they’re in large batches.