Penny Picker-Upper

Okay, I’ll admit it. I am guilty of picking up pennies off the ground whenever I see one. I see them all the time in parking lots and along the walkways when I take a walk. Why do I do this since one cent won’t buy anything?

I’ve attempted to explain the “why” to people who ask me about this often dirty habit. Though most people don’t “get it”, I’ll attempt to explain it to you, my readers.

Penny picker-uppers don’t pick up a penny for its money value of one cent. Rather, the value of that penny comes from the act of picking up the penny.

  • It’s a reminder that every penny counts.
  • It’s a reminder to be frugal and thrift … even with the little things.
  • It’s a reminder that the little money decisions we make add up to a lot over time.
  • It’s an act of acknowledging the down-the-road benefits of managing our money.

In the end, that 1-cent penny provides a value far beyond its face value.

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Published by W. M. Brown

I am a retired U.S. expat living in Ecuador. I was a business owner for 32 years before retiring in 2012.

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