Admit it: Whenever a cashier hands you a penny, you tend to look down at it with a snarl and wonder what the heck you're supposed to do with it. Maybe you toss it in a coin jar, drop it in your pocket and hope to lose it, or straight up trash it. It is just a penny, after all. Right?
But, there are plenty of ways to make good use of pennies. So, pull them out from under the couch cushion, because here's how to put your pennies to work.
1. Fix a Wobbly Kitchen Table
You don't need to be a handyman to save money on a DIY project. Just resourceful. If you have a wobbly kitchen table, stack a few pennies under the bad leg and call it a day. Bonus points if you use a glue to keep those pennies in place.
2. Donate a Jar of Pennies to Charity
If you're looking to make a tax-deductible donation, it's time to whip out the penny jar. Or, if you haven't been saving your pennies, start a donation jar. You might not donate much in the end, but any amount can help a cause you believe in.
3. Check Your Tire Treads
Here's one trick you might have heard before. To check your tire tread, simply hold a penny in the groove of your tire, Lincoln's head facing down. If you can see all of Lincoln's face, the tread depth is too low and it's time to replace your tires.
4. Create a Makeshift Screwdriver
If you don't have your toolbox handy, grab a spare penny to use as a makeshift screwdriver. You can also use the coin to open the battery compartment of electronic toys and other items. MacGyver would be proud.
5. Frame a Mirror
Get creative and
6. Decorate a Vase
Like how your mirror turned out? Now take a vase to stylize it in a unique way. If you're feeling extra creative, prime and paint the coins to add a splash of color.
7. Fill a Sock for Self-Defense
When you don't have a pocketknife or pepper spray handy, a sock filled with pennies is a good backup. Carry it in your purse or backpack and whack someone with it when in danger.
8. Preserve Your Flowers
There's an easy and affordable way to extend the life of that supermarket bouquet. Simply drop a clean penny and sugar cube in a vase filled with water. The copper in the penny will inhibit the growth of bacteria and keep your roses beautiful longer.
9. Keep Curtains Straight
To stop your curtains from swinging wildly when the windows are open, make a
10. Make a Washer for Home Projects
Sometimes, you can save money at Home Depot by making some of your own supplies for an at-home project. Use a metal drill bit to punch holes in pennies and create all the washers you need for a fraction of the cost of buying them at hardware stores.
11. Open a Soda Can
Don't break a nail while opening that soda can. Instead, use a penny to pry open the top. Sliding the coin underneath the pull tab will provide enough leverage to open the can with ease.
12. Make Your Own Ice Pack
Drop some pennies in a sock and tie the end closed with fabric. Freeze it and you have an ice pack handy when you need it.
13. Use as Tile Spacers
Home improvement projects can be more expensive than you'd expect — and sometimes, they don't pay off. So, if you're laying tile, use pennies in place of tile spacers. It'll save you a bit of cash.
14. Save a Bottle of Wine
If your wine develops an unpleasant smell, don't pour the bottle down the drain. Instead, drop a penny in the bottle and stir for a few minutes. The copper helps produce an odorless compound called copper sulfide, which
15. Make a Penny Ring
If you're crafty and like DIY jewelry, you can turn
16. Make a Penny Necklace
If you love your penny ring, make a necklace to match your creation. You can rest assured knowing the pieces you make will be one of a kind.
17. Decorate a Tabletop
Instead of trashing your old dining room or coffee table, refurbish it with pennies. Glue down clean pennies to the top. Once the glue dries, apply a coat of epoxy.
18. Design a Kitchen Backsplash
You can use pennies to make a unique and attractive backsplash in your kitchen. A custom design will command attention while protecting your wall from cooking splatter.
19. Make a Doorstop
Make a decorative doorstop using pennies and a pretty sock. Fill the sock with pennies and then tie the end with eye-catching fabric or rope. You can even dye or paint the sock for a unique design. Then, place the sock in front of a door to keep it open.
20. Get Rid of Carpet Indentations
After rearranging your furniture, spray the carpet with a little water and rub it gently with a clean penny. The rubbing motion will loosen the carpet and remove any indentations caused by the furniture.
21. Make a Coaster
Protect your table from spills and beautify your living space with penny coasters. All you have to do to make these knickknacks is glue down a layer pennies to a cork frame. If you find yourself with a sudden love for this kind of DIY decor, it's time to start your own business.
22. Create a Garden Ball
Pennies can also liven up your garden. Just glue pennies to
23. Design Wall Art
24. Make Fun Party Favors
If you don't want too much sugar in your party favors, wrap small stacks of pennies in plastic and tie the ends with a bow. Give the pennies to your kid's friends as a gift. Just make sure they're old enough not to try and eat the pennies.
25. Play a Penny Stacking Game
If your kids are bored, consider teaching them to play a penny stacking game. Grab a jar of pennies and have them take turns stacking pennies on top of one another. Whomever can make the tallest tower without toppling it over wins.
26. Search for Buried Treasure
Take a bunch of pennies and bury them in a sandbox. Then, have your kids go digging for the treasure. This also makes for a fun game to play at a birthday party.
27. Take Your Pennies to an Amusement Park
If your family is planning a trip to an amusement park, don't forget to bring along pennies. Once there, you can use a penny press to turn your coins into souvenirs.
28. Gift Them as a Funny Gift
If you want to give a gag gift for a friend's birthday, look no further than your pennies. A bag or box of pennies is a funny way to gift money.
29. Invest in the Stock Market
Invest your pennies in the stock market using an investing app such as