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    Saturday, January 27, 2007

    A penny saved is a penny useless

    What is it about throwing away money that makes us feel so guilty? When I say "throwing away money" I don't mean it in the figurative sense of -- I just bought a subscription to Omaha Steaks for a vegetarian. I mean actually throwing away money.

    On my way out of the grocery store this morning, clutched in my hand, I had the receipt from my $1.99 purchase and my change: a penny. Without much thinking I just tossed both into the trash. But a wave of guilt washed over me as I briefly thought about digging that penny out. Of course I didn't. But besides the illegal nature of my act, what's the big deal?

    Pennies should be outlawed anyway. They serve us no good. I wonder how gas stations would handle it? Would prices jump up and down a nickel? Although the real question is: What was my $1.99 purchase?