FIND A PENNY, PICK IT UP

Physician's Money Digest, July15 2003, Volume 10, Issue 13

According to Coinstar, whichoperates a network of 10,000 coin countingmachines mostly in theUnited States, 3 of 4 Americans willstop to pick up a penny on the street,but 12% think a penny that's headsdown is bad luck and won't stoop forit. Almost 75% of Americans savetheir loose change, adding up to anestimated $7.7 billion that has accumulatedin their homes. Nearly 61%of American adults report sorting,rolling, and wrapping their accumulatedcoins. Of those, 64% say theprocess took more than 1 hour. ACoinstar machine (www.coinstar.com) can save you that time andeffort, but you'll pay an 8.9% servicefee for the convenience.