Monday, November 2, 2015

You'll Never Look At A Penny The Same

There's an old saying that says every little bit matters and no one knows that better than Otha Anders. His story is proof positive that when it comes to money every little bit eventually adds up to a nice chunk of change:

[Anders said he found his first penny lying on the ground and it reminded him to pray and give thanks. “I became convinced that spotting a lost or dropped penny was an additional God-given incentive reminding me to always be thankful.” He said that over the last 45 years there have been days when he has forgotten to pray or may have been less than thankful. On those days, “more often than not, a lost or dropped penny would show up to remind me.”

Once Anders started to see his penny collection grow, he stopped spending them and made a conscious effort to start saving. He would go so far as to try to ensure his purchases would result in three or four cents change. He would also not use them once he got them. “I would never spend a penny,” Anders said. “I would break a dollar before giving up a penny.”

Anders water jugs were broken open with an axe and a hammer in the bank’s coin room. It took five hours to pour the pennies into the electronic coin sorter via small plastic buckets. It took an average of 20 minutes to fill a $50 coin bag before it was changed out with a new one. The bank and Anders agree that it would have been an awful task to sort and count those pennies without the assistance of the coin machine. He may have continued to save and accumulated even more, but Anders related that his homeowner’s insurance policy would no longer cover his collection.]source

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The takeaway from this story is when you see a penny don't look at it as a measly 1 cent, instead consider it the beginnings of a small fortune.

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