Ways You Can Help

Since starting Penny Experiment, I have been getting emails from people asking how they can help. Penny Experiment doesn’t accept money donations. If you would like to donate money, please donate it directly to your local food bank. If you feel that this experiment is worthwhile, here are a few simple things that you can do:

Coupons Needed: This is a list of current coupons that couponers need to get great deals at the stores. Printing these coupons and mailing them to us is the easiest way that you can help and will help us provide a lot more food to food banks at little cost.

Couponers: If you are a coupon blogger, we would love to have you use your skills to purchase food for your local food bank at no cost to you. Learn more.

Book Launchers: We are currently looking for people willing to launch “Penny for Your Thoughts” books into the world. Learn More.

Add Our Button: If you have a blog, consider adding the Penny Experiment button to it (look to your right) to let people know that you support Penny Experiment and so that more people can become aware of it.

Become A Fan On Facebook: If you are really motivated, you can take it even a step further and write something about Penny Experiment on your wall.

Follow Penny Experiment On Twitter and give a tweet from time to time to let your followers know about it.

Blog About Penny Experiment: If you have a blog or website, write a blog post about Penny Experiment. Feel free to contact me if you’d like to do an interview.

Become Inspired: The goal of this entire experiment is to show that an average person with little money can make a huge difference with a bit of creativity and a lot of determination. You can make a difference and I hope you are inspired to do so.

6 Responses to Ways You Can Help

  1. Hayley says:

    I am really glad that I stumbled upon this website. I am a Senior Art and design Education major and have recently taught a high school class in Chelsea, New York. Before I even looked at this website I had developed a lesson using pennies. I was inspired by my little cousins math homework, I was confused by an odd symbol next to his money calculation, and I couldn’t remember what that symbol was or meant, it was a cents sign. Have you noticed that the cents sign has practically become worthless and never used? Nevertheless, I was inspired. I came up with a concept for my high school students to intrigue them. “A penny for you thoughts” was my slogan. I told them that a penny for you thoughts wouldn’t be insulting in the 16th century. The Straight Dope calculates a 16th-century penny would be worth $42.67 in 2001. It got them to brainstorm thoughts, ideas, and visuals. Then we hot glued hundreds of pennies to individual magnets. The students brought their brainstormed thoughts and visuals and we went to town. We walked around the city trying to find metal that the pennies would magnetize to. They spelled out their thoughts and visuals onto mail boxes, subway cars, and traffic light poles. We documented their efforts with photos. After the project we discussed disposable art, and graffiti. How we created our own type of graffiti that did not destroy public property. They took the magnets home and continued the project without my knowing it. By the end of the semester they showed me they documentation for the continued project. I would’ve really liked to show them how truly important a penny can be by showing them this website. I think what you are doing is wonderful! Keep up the good work! Let’s bring back the cents sign one penny at a time!

  2. janet h says:

    oh Hayley,

    what a lovely project! is there any way you could post some of the penny graffiti pictures ?

    is there a link?

    i would love to see this!

    janet h.

  3. janet heritage says:

    i have used several found couch pennies and a few foreign coins in this gorgeous Penny Art Book #15 (in progress) (artist janet heritage)
    Sitting in the art studio in a nature bowl, filled with sea urchin quills, seed pods, and starfish……love this project.
    Book #15 is coming along nicely!

  4. I would love to launch a book if they are still available. I live in Sandpoint, Idaho which is an amazingly charitable town and I am sure it’d be VERY well-received here!


  5. admin says:


    Have sent an email to you with all the information. Thank you so much for wanting to participate.

    Jeffrey Strain

  6. lari says:

    Wonderful penny idea! Good luck! I enjoyed Jeffrey’s recent “eating on $1 a day” series and got some great couponing strategies. I used to use many of my soon-to-expire coupons for a shopping trip for food bank items every few months. Then the economy tightened my own budget so much that I had to cut way back — now I coupon and catalina and drug store sale shop ONLY for coffee/tea/creamers/splenda for the food bank. The food bank manager was thrilled because almost no one donates coffee and families really miss that. It narrows my focus and helps me stay on (okay, closer to) my philanthropy budget. And using the coupons and deals satisfies my “thrill of the bargain hunt.” Thanks for your inspiration.

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