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Do you say "You can keep the penny!"

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Just curious as to see how many of us say "You can keep the penny" when you are paying cash somewhere and your change would be a penny. :D

I sometimes do. :wink:
 

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I usually always let them keep the penny. I don't like pennies taking up space in my wallet. I sometimes say Keep the Penny but I find myself saying more "It's ok, thank you" something like that :wink:
 

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Sometimes, if its a place where I use the penny sometimes I will make an effort to remember to drop it in the tray, but alot of the time I mean to let them keep it and just stick it in my purse taking up space
 

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I almost feel cheaper telling someone to keep the penny because it's basically worthless. However, if there is a penny cup at the cash register I always put the penny in it.
 

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I usually don't think about it and when it is handed to me with the receipt, I just dump coins, receipt and all into my purse. Later on, I dump all of the loose change into a jar. Right now, I have several jars of coins, mostly pennies because my kids rummage through and take the larger value coins (especially quarters).

I recently had a chocolate-craving attack and went to a nearby convenience store to get my fix. I had left my purse in the car, so I dumped all of the change in the "take a penny" dish. As I did so, I noticed there was a 1970 Canadian penny in it.

We live in Texas, so it came a long way! :wink: I did take that penny to give to my daughter. She collects coins not common to what we usually find, and has a Canadian penny that is smaller than this one, with geometrical edges: not round as the older Canadian pennies are. So, when I gave her this one, she thought at first it was an American penny and gave me that "why would I want this?" look. :?

We used to get them more often around here, but this is the first one I have gotten in change in a long time.

Anyway...I usually keep the change out of habit, but would say "keep it" if I thought about it. It isn't usually an issue though. I use my credit card for almost everything these days. It is so much easier to just 'swipe n go' than to dig for cash. Not to mention that 1% of the amount of every purchase is applied back to my insurance premium! By going this route, I get to skip a premium payment 3-4x a year. I am hoping that my mortgage company will start accepting online payments via credit card...that will add a lot of "bonus" premium! I have already added my phone; dsl; hubby's online game; and satellite tv service to this method. I would also love to add my utilites, pool service, and car payments...heck, maybe I should see if I can pay my insurance premium online via "their" visa. :lol: If I carried a balance and paid interest on my credit card, it wouldn't be worth it. But, since I am able to pay it in full every month, it works great for me. I'll bet Visa hates me! :lol:
 

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If there's a cup for pennies, I just put the pennies in myself. On a few occasions, if my purchase was $2.03, or something similar, the cashier told me not to bother looking for pennies, and took them out of the cup. I think it's a good idea.

If there's no cup, it just fouls up the register at the end of the day when it's checked, so I would never say, "Keep the change." It just confuses things.
 

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Jeanie said:
If there's a cup for pennies, I just put the pennies in myself. On a few occasions, if my purchase was $2.03, or something similar, the cashier told me not to bother looking for pennies, and took them out of the cup.
Thats what we have - I used to hate trying to sort the till out at the end of the day at my dads bar when people said keep the change and they were put in the till instead of the change jar!
 

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I don't ever actually say it, but if there's a dish for pennies on the counter, usually I'll leave the spare pennies. I don't like all that change jingling in my pocket. :)
 

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I keep the pennies, they go into a shoebox and once the box is filled I take a trip to the local CoinStar machine to get it turned into bills, I can clean up that way (sometimes getting as much as $92 for all my spare change)
 

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I voted never. I'm a coin collector and like to look threw all the change I can. You can still come across a wheatback every now and then. Also, I hate it when my purchase is only a penny or two over a dollar and the cashier just rounds it off or takes it out of the penny jar for me, I WANT the 99 cents in change thank you!!!!

Plus, anything I don't collect goes into a change jar and gets dumped into the coin machine at my bank (and I every cent gets deposited into my account, unlike coinstar, which skims several cents off of the top of each dollar).
 

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We don't have anything like that where I am. Most places have a charity tin so I usually put change into that.
 

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Sometimes I put my change in the collection boxes but mostly I keep it and put it in the "buy Stephie a treat when it's full" jar!

My mum had this expression ...

"look after the pennies and the pounds will take care of themselves"! I guess it has stuck with me
 

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lolakitty23 said:
I'm still in "poor grad student" mode, so I cherish every penny I can get. GIVE ME MY MONEY! :twisted: :lol:
Me too!!!

Also, I used to be a cashier for more than a year at the Underground Food Services Court in Texas A&M University. They are really strict about money. Every time I am several pennies over or several pennies short at the end of the day they get extremely upset. It has to be exactly right amount.

I think sometimes giving cashiers pennies could hurt them...
 

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I know what you mean. I worked at McDonalds for years and I always had people telling me to keep the loose change but instead of putting it in the drawer, I'd put it on the register and use it when someone was a penny short or whatever.
 
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