'You Can't Have A Dollar Without A Penny'

You can't buy anything with a penny these days, but, as the quote above drives home, every penny absolutely counts. Money image from Shutterstock

The quote comes from The Washington Post's Michelle Singletary's grandmother Big Mama, who also said that "every penny out to have a pot". Wise words about giving your money a purpose.

For most of us, a penny here or a penny there lost or spent is no big deal — until you realise it's the pennies that get you to a dollar (and the dollars that get you to a $5 note...and so on):

Big Mama believed that it was worth fretting over every penny. Literally every penny you had was as important as the dollars you saved. She taught me that the pennies you may think don't mean much can add up eventually. Think about it. You need a penny to turn 99 cents into a $1, she would point out.

The point isn't to adopt a penny-pinching attitude (taking frugality so far that you're just being cheap). It's about making all of our money count, starting with how we perceive it.

You can't have a dollar without a penny [The Washington Post]


    Tell me how to get a Penny in Australia? At most it's 5c, oh well gotta love US articles slightly localised.

      This article is talking about the mentality behind saving money. The mentality can be applied regardless or the denomination of currency. There are many American turns of phrase that are used throughout the English-speaking world regardless of the terminology, such as 'walk a mile in his shoes'.

        Valid Point, guess I couldn't find the Forest with all these tress in the way.

        That's actually not an American phrase used throughout the world. Many countries have there own versions. Going back centuries. It was Just popularized from to kill a mocking bird.

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