A Penny for Your Thoughts – and Other Things

Our family keeps a basket on top of our fridge that we use to collect loose change. Every now and then, when we head to the car wash or take a trip to Oklahoma for soccer (which has toll roads), we dig into our basket for anything “silver” and leave the pennies behind.

Always leaving the pennies behind.

The only time we seem to think of them is when we use phrases like “penny for your thoughts” or we pick them up for good luck. And even then, that’s not very often.

So when I saw that today is National Lost Penny Day, it made me smile.

The penny gets to shine on its own mini holiday, which also happens to be Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. Very fitting, right?

I thought it would be fun to share some ways we can use some of our forgotten fortune.

{ONE} Measure up

Fun fact: a stack of 16 pennies equals one inch. And if you place those same 16 pennies flat in a row, they equal one foot!

So next time you need an exact measurement – and don’t have a ruler handy, you can pull out a handful of change.

{TWO} Repel slimy slugs

I know it’s a tad soon for gardening tips, but this is one to file away – especially if you like to plant pansies. Creating a copper ball out of old pennies is said to repel slugs.

I used beer traps last year around my precious pansies (which the slugs tried to DEVOUR), but this ball would look so much prettier tucked between plants.

As a bonus, pennies are also known to increase the pH levels of soil, which enhances the color of some plants – like hydrangeas. Pennies help them turn a more vibrant blue.

I’m definitely collecting pennies for my spring gardening!!

{THREE} Preserve your petals

This is another fun fact about pennies and plants. If you put a few cents in the bottom of a vase of tulips, it keeps them fresher for a longer period of time.

The theory is that the copper acts as a natural antibacterial agent – which keeps the water clean and the flowers fresh.

{FOUR}  Pop a top

Pennies are like little Swiss army knives. They can do so many things that a small screwdriver or strong fingernail could do.

I’ve used them to pop open a can of soda, scratch off the silver stuff on the back of a gift card, unscrew the back of a toy or remote control that needed new batteries. The list is pretty much endless.

{FIVE} Heal yo’ self

Some believe wearing copper (like in the form of a bracelet) can reduce inflammation and help with conditions like arthritis. I’m not a doctor, so I don’t know if it truly works, but I’m fascinated by the idea!

You can make a bracelet of pennies if they’re dated 1982 or before. {Pennies will have 95% copper in them before this date.}

If all else fails, go toss your coins in a fountain and use them to make wishes – or pay people for their thoughts. 😉

Many blessings,

-Kate

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