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I learned to do this from my father who lived through the depression era. He also taught me the value of saving my loose change. I have a jar that when it fills up I take to those coin disposal machines and turn into a cash payout periodically which I can use to buy groceries. I also when I am walking notice and pick up any coins spilled on the floor and because I also clean up the trash, I have found bills too just tossed away carelessly with the trash. I am also not walking with my phone out so I am paying attention to my surroundings.  Okay, a few coins or pennies don't add up fast but eventually, they do, plus I am cleaning up my area from the slobs. I also wash my hands well after I get home. 

A (tightwad) friend of mine used to laugh that his wife would push an angel out of the way to pick up a penny. I said, "Yeah, so she could watch you squeeze it." Seriously, if you ever heard Lincoln holler, it was probably because of my friend.

He's gone now. At the funeral the preacher, who didn't know him but had interviewed his family and other friends,  talked mostly about his "stinginess" -- he said, "You thought he was stingy, but he was teaching us all a lesson." He was too frugal. But his kids are very well off now. 

MsD posted:

A (tightwad) friend of mine used to laugh that his wife would push an angel out of the way to pick up a penny. I said, "Yeah, so she could watch you squeeze it." Seriously, if you ever heard Lincoln holler, it was probably because of my friend.

He's gone now. At the funeral the preacher, who didn't know him but had interviewed his family and other friends,  talked mostly about his "stinginess" -- he said, "You thought he was stingy, but he was teaching us all a lesson." He was too frugal. But his kids are very well off now. 

Very interesting story!

AverageJoe posted:

Though it's hard to bend to pick up a penny for both my wife and myself, we BOTH still do so.  You would be amazed at how many people throw pennies out onto the ground every week. For us, a penny SAVED, rescued and even lent to us and never asked for in return ends up being worth it. 

 

I know of a man who used to throw his pennies in the trash.

Of course I do. They need homes, too. ;~)

Seriously, it depends on the penny and the situation. If the penny looks like it might have some potentially toxic stuff on it and I am unable to clean it before I have to put it in my wallet, pocket, etc, I leave it where it is. Otherwise, I pick it up. it is free money after all. 

Fun fact: Some stray pennies I have adopted were rare coins. Those I added to my coin collection. 

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