Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Find a penny, pick it up

Money, originally uploaded by Leaca's Philosophy.

A penny saved is a penny earned.
A penny for your thoughts.

Yesterday, I found myself scrambling around the house looking for loose change. Both boys needed lunch money and I didn't feel like writing a check nor did I have cash. Luckily, I have jars, bowls, and various other containers located strategically around my house (...my bedroom make-up table, mudroom closet, laundry closet above washer, family room sofa table). This has proven to be a useful and decorative way to manage those annoying piles of coins I've found everywhere. What's more, I've found that I actually use pennies much more. With this economy in the clinker, we could use every penny we find! Click photos for original sources.

{365:5} abundance, originally uploaded by Leaca's Philosophy.

Avatar in 3D., originally uploaded by macyyyyyk.

Generosity, originally uploaded by Caroline Sumner.

beach jar, originally uploaded by jade :: chikaustin.

loose change, originally uploaded by digiyesica.

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  1. You know, I wish my boys would eat hot lunch just ONCE in awhile! We've created a couple of foodies and harped about the evils of fast food so much, they will not TOUCH hot lunch - and some mornings I'd love to just grab some quarters from MY change jar and say GO!

  2. Right!! The middle school has more a variety (including salad) so, M occasionally buys. E won't eat anything but the chicken nuggets (in any form: patty, popcorn, etc). So,he usually buys 4x a month. LOL, I'm always excited in the morning to learn it's hot lunch day! It's the small things in life, right?!

  3. I love this idea - and if your kids are bored, when mine were little, I'd get them to sort the coins. They loved to go through them and then we'd have a penny jar, nickel, dime, and quarter jar. Here in Canada we can also have a loonie ($1) and twoonie ($2) jar. I always meant to get them rolling the money however that never happened and the jars were soon all mixed up again. Sorting/classification is considered a pre math activity so it is educational too!

  4. Linda @alamodestuffFebruary 24, 2010 at 6:00 AM

    Joan, great idea!! My youngest used to count his money often. It seems that we're loosing the value of coins (no pun intended). When I was a kid, my dad would give us whatever coins we'd roll for the bank. Great way to motivate us to help. Thanks for your comment!

  5. i remember taking pocketsfull of change to the corner shop as a kid, & once{not so long ago} i put 38c gas in my car because thats all the change i could find in the car :) loveliest thoughts


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