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The Penny Trip

Posted on: January 20, 2010

I’ve counted all my pennies. Paris, here we come!

Jonathan and I are planning an anniversary trip to Paris this fall. Can I confess that I am maybe just a tiny, tiny, little bit excited? I’m already dreaming of crepes, wine, cheese and visiting Pont Nuef, where we got engaged. In order to go, Jonathan said that I needed to raise half of our travel funds. Which is no small feat for a person with no steady income and who isn’t nearly as business savvy as my friend, Leah. I’ve been saving money since last summer and shortly before we moved, Jonathan said he’d donate our change jar to my funds. I’ve been wanting to count the money for a while, but haven’t had the chance until this week. My grand total in coins? $58.90.

$36 in pennies


$22.90 in silver

I got a huge kick out of counting all those pennies. Every time I hit a dollar I thought, “Oh, yeah baby!”. Here’s the beginning:

I roped Julia into helping me out, handing me pennies as we went:

Here’s my system, that Jonathan laughed at; I’d make 10 columns, 2 pennies deep, 5 rows long:

Here’s the finished product; I really need some penny sleeves:

And some more pennies for my jar:

8 Responses to "The Penny Trip"

way to post your blog in your twitter 🙂 don’t worry, i will pass along all my business ideas to you in the next 6 months 🙂

Hi babe, I like your new blog design. It’s very pretty. I’m glad you worked so hard to save count all the pennies. It looks like you girls had lots of fun. Look out Paris, here we come!

Love those piles of pennies! Most people would probably just take it to the bank to the change counter, but this is more fun 🙂 Hope you guys have a FABULOUS time on your trip. Mike is not a big fan of Paris or France in general, so I’m not sure it will be on our list any time soon. I’ll have to live vicariously through you!

L – I did the twitter to see if it increased my hits for the day. It totally worked.

J – Look out Paris, here we come! Can’t wait for some smelly cheese! 😉

A – A lot of people I talk to say that Paris/France is their least favorite place to visit. Which is funny to me, cause I loved every minute of it. Perhaps it is because the entire time I kept telling every Parisian I met how amazing their city was, so they were really nice to me.

We’re going in March!

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