Saturday, January 23, 2010

A penny saved.... can be used for lots of things

7 New Uses for a Penny
Clever ways to repurpose an everyday item.

1. Curtain Straightener
Make an opening in the bottom hem, slide in a penny or two, and sew the hem back up to keep curtains hanging level and stick-straight.

2. Tread Checker
Insert a penny into a groove of a tire with Lincoln’s head pointing into the tire. If the groove covers part of his head, you’re safe to drive; if the head is in full view, it’s time for new wheels. (The distance between the rim of a penny and Lincoln’s head is 1/16 of an inch―the minimum suggested tread depth.)

3. Table Anchor
If you dine out and the table is unsteady, put a coin under the leg to restore balance.

4. Game Token
Misplaced the thimble? No problem. Sub in a cent.

5. Makeshift Screwdriver
Use a penny to screw open a toy’s battery pack.

6. Icebreaker
Hand out pennies at your next gathering and ask each guest to share a story that happened during the year his or her penny was minted. If the coin predates a friend, let the person improvise.

7. Birdbath Cleaner
To ward off algae, toss in a few pre-1982 coins; the high copper content retards growth. Works in ponds also, but you need more then one penny


The Frog Queen said...

Very helpful. Definately going to try the birdbath one. Thanks!


Debra She Who Seeks said...

If you put old pennies in the bottom of a vase with cut tulips, their copper content will keep the tulips standing straight, rather than flopping over. I know this works!