I watched a segment from the Last Week Tonight with John Oliver about Pennies. I also watched a YouTube video called Death to Pennies. Both of which lead a great conversation for everyone in my life about pennies. Last week I conducted a penny poll on here where my readers could answer the questions: Would you Rather…? Right out of the gates I should have set up the question better, I realized this after I already published the poll. The results came in and they weren’t surprising. 50% of the participants would rather pick up the five dollars then the penny, dollar, or none. Only 20% would have picked up a penny.
What does this mean for the penny? Besides that, they are unwanted, nothing. The United States uses online transactions now (meaning debit and credit cards) according to a 2014 statistic report from CreditCards.com. I know I am having second thoughts about the existence of pennies. Maybe there is a case for pennies to be discontinued and start rounding everything up to the nearest nickel. After all it would make cashier’s lives a bit easier when someone hands them extra money wanting a whole bill instead of change back. For now you can keep your pennies, toss them out when sweeping, vacuuming, or make a floor out of pennies. Whatever it is, just remember every penny counts.