The other day I met a friend for lunch at a local diner. It was his turn to pick up lunch and he paid with cash, which was all that they accept. After our lunch we talked outside for a few minutes about our different business ventures. While we were talking I watched as he put all of the silver coins in his pocket and threw the pennies into a bush. Surprisingly this caught me off guard. I have never been able to throw any of my money away. Sure I have fallen victim to the pointless purchase or impulse buy. Never have I ever thrown pennies on the ground or left them behind.
This may go back to my childhood, I always would ride my bike and stop to pick up any spare change I could find. I enjoyed saving them in jars for months and then rolling them to see my new found earnings. Once while I was in high school, I was working as an usher for the Tampa Bay Rays, while I was working I noticed a wad of cash on the ground. It turned out to be $200 that someone obviously lost; I would be depressed if I lost $200. I did the right thing and turned it in to my boss, and figured that was the end of it. A week later the boss returned the $200 to me and informed me that nobody had claimed the lost money. The point is I have always kept my eyes peeled when walking around as you never know what you will find.
The Escapist Magazine posted a poll asking readers if they pick up money of the ground. 37% answered Yes Always!, 23% Yes, but no pennies…. 1.4% No, I have pride. I wonder, who are the people who are too prideful to pick up free money? This got me thinking about reasons why people wouldn’t pick up change. I came up with the following reasons; they don’t want to appear cheap, it is dirty, not worth there time, or it may be too dangerous(change on a busy road). Safety would be the only reason I wouldn’t pick up money, well that and a bathroom floor (I may even leave my cell phone if it fell on a public restrooms floor). I manage rental properties and you would be amazed at the amount of change people leave behind when they move to a new home. I recently found close to $5 on the top of a refrigerator of a move out.
Since I began thinking out the topic I found $0.11 on the ground. This brings my total to $43.14, watch out world. I will add this savings vehicle to my Upwards of Twenty portfolio, since it doesn’t take any additional effort and will be interesting to track. I actually found two blogs that tracked there monthly money findings Change Race and The ChangePot. Neither site has had a post in many years but still were interesting to read, the total for Changepot was $1087 when it ended.
I am still working on the Recycled Crafts and hope to have pictures and the product listed on websites soon. I know the blog is still in its infant’s stages but I look forward to more followers, comments and emails as things get rolling. As they say “A penny saved is a penny earned”, don’t be a chump and pick up those pennies. You never know it could be one the 25 Most Valuable US Pennies, then you will be thanking me! JB