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Tightwad top ten: pennies - part one

A penny isn’t just for losing in your couch or as a dust collector on your already overcrowded bureau. Here are ten ideas to put it to work:

10. Curtain straightener: keep curtains hanging straight and level; make an opening in the bottom hem and slide one is as a counterweight. You can apply the same principle to weighting a kite tail.

9. Table anchor: shim your wobbly table with a penny – just stick a coin under the leg to restore balance.

8. Makeshift screwdriver: pennies are often the right width to screw open a toy’s battery pack.

7. Party icebreaker: hand out pennies at a party and ask guests to share a story about the year the penny was created. Improvisations encouraged!

6. Birdbath cleaner: ward off algae growth with a few pre-1982 (US) pennies. Their higher copper content will stunt growth.

5. Games piece: use as a replacement piece in games such as checkers and Monopoly.

4. Tile spacers when DIY your bathroom floor.

3. Get the win: scratch lottery tickets

2. Keep it up: add one to a vase of tulips to prevent drooping.

1. Change it up: increase the pH of the soil for hydrangeas and thereby change their colour.

What do you do with your pennies? Save them? Donate them? Always have exact change?

2 comments:

Annie Jones said...

We save them along with our other coins.

Michele Chastain said...

Thanks for these cool tips! I really love the icebreaker at a party one! :)

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