How lazy are RVers about picking up spare change?


How many RVers will bend over to pick up a penny laying on the ground? How about a nickel? A dime?

You may not know the answer, but we do. Over the last few months we asked you what it would take for you to bend over to pick up change you came upon. Heck, just walk across any supermarket parking lot and you’ll almost always find a penny.

Approximately 10,000 of you responded to these polls.

Not surprisingly, the more valuable the coin, the higher probability you would bend over to pick it up.

The lowly penny is not worth the effort of bending over for many of you. Only a third of you will always reach down to pick one up. The rest of you report you might pick one up, but you might not. Six percent will never go to the trouble to reach down for such a pittance.

A nickel is more likely to get picked up. Eighty-five percent of you will always reach down for it. One percent of you could not be bothered — you’ll leave it for someone who needs the money more than you.

Now, a dime … that’s starting to get some respect. Ninety-one percent of you will reach over to grab that ten-cent piece. Still, like the nickel, one percent of you will walk right by. We’ll take a guess that these folks are well off and, heck, what can you buy with a nickel or dime, anyway?

So there you have it — the amount it will take for you to bend over.

Okay, while we’ve got your attention, what’s the chance you’ll reach down for a quarter? Take a guess before you respond, then see the actual results. Our editors are betting about 97 percent of you will grab it.

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D Haley
4 months ago

I have on several occasions almost been knocked over from stopping to pick up any change on the ground and hell it’s tax free money! My father would say “mind your change the dollars will take care of themdelves”. Of course I am assuming back in those years it was pertaining to interest earnings. But, I have donated a lot of change and my grandchildren have been given some in the plastic Easter eggs on Easter egg hunts. So keep dropping your change for I’m picking it up.

4 months ago

If it looks like a coin I pick it up. I pick up washers – heck they are worth five cents or more. I have honestly picked up washers, nuts and bolts and found a use for them only days later. Always pick up bolts and screws. My tires are a lot more expensive than a five cent screw.

4 months ago

Every time I pick up a quarter, or even a penny, I say to my wife – “and the money keeps rolling in”.

1 year ago

Some wag glued a few quarters to the sidewalk near the outdoor seating area of a restaurant I frequent.

Dinner and a show.

Gary W.
1 year ago

I will pick up any coin, put it in a jar, and donate the entire contents to the Salvation Army during the holiday season.

1 year ago
Reply to  Gary W.

Great idea!!

Terry Wilson
11 months ago
Reply to  Gary W.

I don’t support the Salvation Army .They support illeagle aliens.IDont

D Haley
4 months ago
Reply to  Gary W.

I do the same no matter whom at the end it benefits except for Terry.

Al Florida
1 year ago

I find pennies, nickles and dimes to be mostly worthless. Quarters, at least I can use them in the laundromat. Additionally I buy absolutely everything I can with a credit card, so my cash transactions are down to paying cash 1 to 3 times a month. When someone gives me change in those pennies, nickles or dimes I struggle to find a way to get rid of them.

Will @ Direction Wide Open
4 months ago
Reply to  Al Florida

I have a jar, any time I have change, it goes in there. Before we went fulltime, I’d drop it all off at the credit union from time to time. I’d generally have $200-300 in the jar. Now that we’re RV’ing, the wife won’t let me keep the change, “spend it”, she says. Hard to do, as I, too, generally use a card for most things. And when I do use cash, usually looking to break a twenty. I don’t carry the change around to use. So into a jar it goes again, much to my wife’s dismay. My current plan is to find Coinstar machines. From what I understand, you don’t lose any “fee” if you put it all to an Amazon credit. Lord knows I owe my soul to *that* company store, so sounds like a win.

1 year ago

Not only penny’s, but also pop cans and bottles. They are worth more

Joel and Betty
1 year ago

We consider the coin to be ‘lucky’. So we will always pick up the ‘lucky’ penny.

1 year ago

Not only coins, but I will even pick up a tab from a can and put it in my pocket and it ends up in a collection at home that I eventually give to a group collecting them. They collect the scrap aluminum that will pay for someones wheelchair.

Edward I Owens
1 year ago

I need quarters for the laundromat, always looking out for them

Cheryl Carr
1 year ago

I wil stop and pick up any coin regardless of its value. My 2 year old granddaughter loves to put the coins in her piggybank and to her a penny has the same value as a quarter.

1 year ago

A penny earned is a penny saved. Although in Canada we got rid of the penny a long time ago (and now everything is rounded to the nearest nickel and you know who it rounds up in favor of -don’t you) I’d still bend over (and I can with zero problem) to pick up a penny or anything else of value I find on the ground or laying about. Could be why I retired in my fifties.

Tommy Molnar
1 year ago

My guess is, those who will not bend over to pick up change (ANY change!), don’t because they CAN’T. Nuff said.

1 year ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Is it so much that we (me included) can’t bend down or have more trouble getting back up?

Judy G
1 year ago

You betcha! When I started work, a quarter was my hourly wage!

1 year ago

Pick up a penny, you betcha,i have been made fun of for doing it but i now have over 13 gallons of pennies, its a site to be seen

1 year ago

My wife and I will bend over to pick up a mere penny! Over time they add up and we also get the bending and stretching benefit.