As you've likely heard, the Canadian government will soon do away with the penny. The news got us thinking about all the sayings, superstitions and stories we have about the copper currency. For instance, how many of us have a flattened penny as a souvenir, or restored pennies to their shiny glory in science class?  Were you taught that a "penny saved is a penny earned", or that picking up a penny brings good luck? Ever tossed a penny in a famous fountain during your travels?

 

Admittedly, I'll stoop to pick up a penny for my coin jar, but if I drop one I'll leave it to bring good luck for someone else ;)

What's your favourite penny story or memory? We'd love to hear them!

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OK a penny....used to buy me candy.....in fact I could get three candies for a penny....a pop bottle was worth two pennies...so six? eggactly......a candy bar and six little candies to go along with it.....I was a genius business man at 6 years old......how about this...pennies........Saturday morning....scrounge together from the neighbours....6 qt baskets....take 'em to the market and voila.....a movie and some popcorn.....in my hometown at the Hyland....you could stay to watch everything again..so from 12 to 4 I was in visual never never land.....it was great....flat screen you say???? Pennies are a method of transendentalism.......dreamin'......maybe we should go straight to dimes...forget the nickle as well...no one or two dollar bills....sucks............that's it I'm done!     peace!

When I was a kid in rural Mississauga we would hunt for pop bottles thrown into the ditch and take them to the vegetable stand by Highway 5 and Mississauga Road. If it was a good day we could trade them in for candy. If it was a one bottle day we would trade them for a dripless cone. That was a simple ice cream cone without the ice cream.

I'm not too sure if this is the right place or the right content, but I would like to hear other folks opinion on

Extended Warranty on everything you buy these days.  In years past, companies used to pride themselves in having a long lasting, well working appliance.  The Maytag man comes to my mind right away.  I think it is ridiculous to have to spend an additional 3 or 4 hundred dollars on a washer and dryer as the company only extends their warranty for one year.  Does this mean it is a crap shoot if they will last beyond that year?  Just asking your opinion.  I bought a $10. DVD for my little grandson yesterday, and I was asked if I wanted to spend an additional $2.50 for an extended warranty.  Come on now, really!!! It just drives me crazy and I wonder if I am viewing this whole thing on the wrong thought process.  In these days where the penny is worth nothing, what is happening here.  Sorry, I just needed to get this off my mind.

 

an excellent point.....extended warranties...I've never purchased one.....I try to deal with companies who stand by their products because they are 'good' products.....goes without saying then that an extended warranty is a money grab.....it's gets very messy, so I understand because certain things may not be covered...etc...etc......it's stoopid! ...personally, life insurance falls under the same category...a money grab but the reasoning is so emotional that everyone does it, including me.....if I was twenty five again I would put my life insurance money in a bank account and collect the interest for forty years, I would have more and there would be no rules to fight...... the other thing that goes along with this is products that are more expensive to fix than replace....that drives me crazy......I'd rather fix but these daze some people look at you as if you just landed here.....what? 

In my opinion, it is just another money grab by the company.

Joyce Ancelet said:

I'm not too sure if this is the right place or the right content, but I would like to hear other folks opinion on

Extended Warranty on everything you buy these days.  In years past, companies used to pride themselves in having a long lasting, well working appliance.  The Maytag man comes to my mind right away.  I think it is ridiculous to have to spend an additional 3 or 4 hundred dollars on a washer and dryer as the company only extends their warranty for one year.  Does this mean it is a crap shoot if they will last beyond that year?  Just asking your opinion.  I bought a $10. DVD for my little grandson yesterday, and I was asked if I wanted to spend an additional $2.50 for an extended warranty.  Come on now, really!!! It just drives me crazy and I wonder if I am viewing this whole thing on the wrong thought process.  In these days where the penny is worth nothing, what is happening here.  Sorry, I just needed to get this off my mind.

 

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