Inexpensive Vacation Mementos

by Cate on August 6, 2012

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When it comes to mementos from our various outings, I definitely focus on photos. We also save things like brochures, maps, and ticket stubs, which all make awesome little additions to the scrapbooks we put together. Another item we started collecting? These stamped pennies.

How can you go wrong for a mere 51 cents? We started collecting them early last year, and now, every time we see one of these machines, whether it’s a Spring Break down the shore (this particular one pictured above was in Jenkinson’s Aquarium), Hershey Park, or our road trip to Washington DC last year, we start scrounging for change. Happily we even found one during our adventures in Connecticut yesterday (more on that to follow soon)!

pressed pennies

It’s a perfect tiny, inexpensive souvenir to collect from our adventures. A fun thing to keep our eyes peeled for, and a small, sentimental way to reminisce. And way better than any of that touristy junk that you usually see.

Just one more tip … usually the machines have a few different designs to choose from. We also pick one that depicts the area or place that we are visiting. Way more fun and meaningful than some of the random ones they include.

Happy collecting!

Psst …
Tomorrow? A new recipe.
Wednesday? Reading and jetBlue.
Thursday? A restaurant review.
Friday? Another Summer Bucket List 2012 item off the list!

August 6, 2012 – Bonus Photo
This morning’s breakfast. Honey Oh’s from the folks at Quaker, a cereal we discovered via my brother-in-law. They are slightly hard to find, so ’twas a happy morning indeed.

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Joanne August 7, 2012 at 6:24 am

My brother and I used to beg my parents to let us use those machines whenever we saw them! Who knows where all those pennies are now though…
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Ramona August 7, 2012 at 10:13 am

Those are interesting. Haven’t seen the stamped pennies before.


Meg August 7, 2012 at 3:52 pm

First, Honey Oh’s are my absolute favorite cereal — I’ve been eating them since I was a kid!

Next, I adore stamped pennies — as I was telling you on Instagram, haha. A friend at work collects them with her daughter, and I got “hooked” on them after she sent me on a hunt to find a machine at Niagara Falls. I thought they were so cute that I had to get one for myself, and I’ve been collecting them ever since. I actually found a stamped penny “passport book” at a national park in California, so I tuck them all in their little slots. I think I have ten so far!


Kristen August 7, 2012 at 8:08 pm

I used to always want to get those while we were on vacation and my parents never would.. “Why spend more than a penny to get a penny back?”. I now use the same reasoning with my kids, but gosh… it really is an inexpensive memento. I’m sure they would totally love it!
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paula August 8, 2012 at 7:53 am

I love these pennies. When I chaperoned Nick’s last field trip to Zoo America, I bought the four kids in my group these pennies and they were thrilled. All for $2.04.
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Laura August 8, 2012 at 1:52 pm

We love these too! we put a little hole in ours and string them like dogtags.
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mathildeelisa September 2, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Please please where do you find them ? I would die to eat one more time those cereals ! Help :)


Cate October 18, 2012 at 8:21 pm



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