Monday, May 12, 2014

TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGING


Something fishy is afoot these days. Money is money and it all spends the same. But it seems folks don't value a certain denomination of coin like they used to. Anytime I pay with cash and there is change due that involves pennies, I get the same question from the cashiers. Do you want the penny? Or pennies? Duh. YES, I do. Why wouldn't I? If the item ends in ninety nine cents, they'll round it up to next dollar, rather than give you back the penny. This drives me crazy. Apparently they also put the pennies in a little container by the register so that customers can take from it if they are short. I guess that is an interesting concept. If you help your customers make change, so that you do not have to deal with too many pennies,yourself... then you don't have to count them at the day's end when cashing out the register. In the old days... one penny would buy you a pretzel stick, bubble gum, an assortment of candy, a stamp, a postcard... just to name a few things. Nowadays, children can get a mechanical pony ride for just a penny at MEIJER'S.  Yet... folks today want to do away with the penny just like they did with the two dollar bill. I think that's a shame. I LIKE pennies. In addition to spending them, I've been collecting pennies in a big glass jar. Don't know how many I have, but out of habit I put my extras in there. That old adage applies... "A penny saved is a penny earned." If you saw a penny lying on the ground, would you walk past it or pocket it like a treasure?


20 comments:

jack69 said...

No hesitation here, WE pick it up, always have always will I imagine. Sherry once had a 6 gallon jar full of pennies, it broke from it's own weight. I got to joke about having so much money we swept it up on a dust pan!

I think being watchful over a penny makes you more watchful over the mighty dollar.
Good thoughts today lady!
Hope you had a very good day!

Weekend-Windup said...

That's true. We use to pick it up and only leave the place.
You have put around a nice suggestion in getting the balance from the shops.

Jon said...

I like pennies, too! Years ago they had a special meaning. Nowadays nobody seems to care. All the things that we once knew are fading away.

Rose said...

I recall a cashier in CVS once did not give me back my change of a penny.

I told her I wanted my change back.

That is stealing if they keep your money.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I keep my pennies for sure...save them up until I get a change purse full and then cash them in. I wonder that they'll ever do away with them. Everything is costly and every penny counts.

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

I always pick up pennies; always haved. And I still have a small jar at home. But in Canada, we've done away with the penny. WHAT? I know, my reaction as well. If you pay in cash, everything is rounded up or down. They still charge you every penny for credit though.

betty said...

I rarely spend cash at the store or rarely pay for anything when out and about since I usually only go shopping when hubby is around or if I go by myself, I just use my debit card, so I don't have the penny problem, but I think I would probably put it in a jar there by the cash register rather than carry it around. I don't pick up pennies if I see them. I remember how much fun as a child it was to see money on the ground and get to pick it up, so now I leave it in case it is a child who sees it next :)

betty

Lori said...

I save all my loose change in a bowl that one of my sisters made when she was taking pottery classes. Every time the change purse in my wallet gets full I dump it in that bowl. Then when the bowl is full, I take the change to my bank because they have one of those coin machines, and I don't have to pay anything to cash in the change. While the change is in the bowl, if anyone in the house needs some change, they can usually find what they need in that bowl. I have cashed in thirty dollars or more at a time. It all adds up. I don't pass up a penny, and I always take my penny change, unless I'm in a hurry. Sometimes I'll donate it or put it in the little take-a-penny tray. But usually I keep it. There have been times in the past when that one penny has made all the difference in the world.

Paula said...

You bet your boots I pick pennies up. Speaking of boots I have a bank shaped like a cowboy boot with plastic on the sides to view my full boot of pennies.

Mevely317 said...

You bet-cha. Now some days, stooping to pick-up that penny is all the exercise I get, but I can't ignore $, no matter how insignificant. Remember when folks used to say you'd attract bad ju-ju if you retrieved a coin "tail's up." Well, that haunted me for about 15 minutes 'til someone else reminded us of the "In God We Trust" inscription on US currencies.

PS - I've still happy memories of the uncle who'd gift each of his nieces and nephews with a $2 bill on our birthdays.

DD said...

Interesting!
I always use a credit card when shopping, so I have not experienced cashiers holding back pennies or rounding up or down. Times are changing too rapidly for me...lol.

Pam Kessler said...

I always picture the cashier at the end of her shift pocketing the extra couple bucks she "earned" that day. OK, so it probably only adds up to a dollar or so, but still!

Red Rose Alley said...

Oh my gosh, Taryterre, this post hit home for me because I am one of those people who give the extra pennies away. I think it's because they pile up in my wallet, so any extra change I hand over to my son. I do, however, have a penny jar made out of pottery that says "Pennies from Heaven", and every time I see a penny on the ground, I put it in my container. I love your penny jar. It is getting filled up. You're right, THINGS ARE A CHANGING, that's for sure. Your posts are always a delight to me.

love,
~Sheri

Sheila Y said...

Oh yes, I pick up pennies and save the extras in a brass container in my closet. They bring good luck and they are from loved ones who have passed, how could I leave it on the ground...:) Have a great day, Sheila

Cheryl @ TFD said...

My hubby has a big jar of pennies, too! I would never pass up a penny on the street or wherever. They do add up! I can't believe the cashiers that'll say not to worry about a penny. I always wonder how they reconcile their money at the end of the shift if they do that several times a day!

Hollie said...

We save pennies too! I'd definitely pick that penny up!!

Hollie said...

We save pennies too! I'd definitely pick that penny up!!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

In the day and age of credit cards, almost nobody carries cash anymore. I am guilty of this a lot myself. I will say that I always pick up a penny if it's heads up :)

Red Rose Alley said...

Oh Taryterre, you should still do a post about the Little Golden Book that you bought for yourself. We have different blog friends, and I think they would love to see it. Isn't it great? I smiled when I heard that you remember the Little Golden Books too.

love,
~Sheri

Formerly known as Frau said...

I agree I would never turn down any change that was mine.....a penny is still money....I would gladly pay for things in pennies and still do! Whats next the nickel....soon will we be coinless!