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A penny at a time

It’s often stations that this happens in. I’m behind someone and they get their oyster pass out of their pocket. Some loose change comes out and falls on the floor. They look down and then leave it. It’s only a bit of change after all.

I wish that I was rich enough to be able not to bother picking up my money when it falls out of my pocket. Just this morning when I got to work, I took the keys out of my pocket and I heard the tinkle of money falling.

I went down a few steps and then saw a penny that had fallen out. It was the same penny that I had picked up this morning in the station.

For some reason that I can’t remember anymore, in our family we have a tradition of thanking the white rabbit whenever we find money – even our own money when we find it in the flat. So I thanked the white rabbit, even though it was ‘mine’ in the first place.

If the money that we find doesn’t go straight into our wallet, it goes into a little box at home. Sometimes the money goes to charity and sometimes into our wallets, depending on how hard up we feel.

 

money and leaflets

Maybe I should record the money that I find in our spending diary and then put it into baby’s savings account.

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How much is the packaging worth?

Two packets of salmon in Tesco, side by side. One is £2.50 and is in the value range. The other £2.69, down from £3.69, has fancy packaging. 

The woman next to me takes the fancy pack. Only 19p more, she says to her friend, I’ll have the higher quality one.

I’ll have the value one, I say to her, twice as much fish for 19p less. 

At Quaker Social Action we run a project called Made of Money, teaching people living on low incomes how to budget and manage their money, explore their attitudes to money and, importantly, they learn how to communicate within their families about money. Just being aware of Made of Money has helped make me more conscious about choices I make while spending.