I was reading an article over at www.financialodyssey.com the other day, in which Money Man writes about a story of a friend who found a $5.00 bill. It was a cute story, which I won't tell the ending, because I'd like for you to head over to his site and read it for yourself. It was posted on September 21, 2010.
It got me to thinking about pennies. How many of them are out there, just sitting on the ground, waiting to be discovered?
Do you stop to pick up a penny? Or would you bother only if the coin was silver?
I personally almost always stop to pick up a penny I see laying on the ground. I will wipe it off if it's dirty, and put it in my pocket. It gets taken home, and dropped into the change jar along with all the other change that has accumulated over the month. At months end, I roll all the change and deposit into our EEE fund.
I can't say that the found pennies have amounted to very much. I probably only find about five cents worth in a given month. But that's five cents that I didn't have to work for, other than bending down to pick it up. Would that fall under putting other people's money to work for you to the extreme? Most likely! Ha ha ha!