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Those useless pennies

Posted Saturday, January 30, 2010, at 3:01 PM

The owner of a Shelbyville barbecue outlet has declared that he's not accepting pennies any more. For example, if you buy $15.68 worth of barbecue, he'll round it to $15.65.

Good for him.

I'm not a big fan of pennies. To understand their uselessness, realize this: I have a box in which I keep loose change; eventually they go to a bank or change machine.

Almost all the change in that box is pennies. I don't often use pennies on a day-to-day basis, simply get them back.

I realize that pennies become crucial when the issue of the exact price of things comes up. And I imagine for most people the $$ amount of pennies spent/saved would be surprisingly high if counted over a period of years.

But to the spender, pennies just don't get the job done.


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Shoot..That's how I take my vacation every year.

-- Posted by shelbyvegas on Sat, Jan 30, 2010, at 6:08 PM

Here's what you can do with them to be a bit more useful, lol!

http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizin...

-- Posted by craftin_mom on Sat, Jan 30, 2010, at 6:26 PM

I LOVE using pennies in our fast food restaurants and convenience stores where our younger generation are more likely to work. When I use the correct pennies it is so much fun watching those that have not learned to count money.

-- Posted by ghostrider on Sat, Jan 30, 2010, at 7:15 PM

When we use cash we give the cashier paper money and save the returned change for our main yearly vacation. Since w edon't use it for our smaller trips we generally have between $800 and $1100 per year.

-- Posted by gottago on Sat, Jan 30, 2010, at 8:39 PM

I LOVE using pennies in our fast food restaurants and convenience stores where our younger generation are more likely to work. When I use the correct pennies it is so much fun watching those that have not learned to count money.

hahaha.,,,I give them a $5 and my purchase is $4.97 if they didn't punch my $5 in the register they COULD NOT give me the right change..But I LOVE IT when my purchase is $4.25 and I give them $5.25. They think I misunderstood them instead of just giving me my $1. OR the dishonest ones who don't even acknowledge and thinks I misundestood them and try to keep my $1. hahahaha

-- Posted by shelbyvegas on Sat, Jan 30, 2010, at 10:08 PM

I keep my pennies in a big jar until I have quite a few. I then take them to Kroger and cash them in at the Coinstar machine and have a little extra grocery money.

-- Posted by titansfan on Mon, Feb 1, 2010, at 1:34 PM


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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.