Pressed Pennies are one of those classic things that people just go ape over.
And I can’t blame them, I had hundreds of them growing up, and I saved every penny I ever got in case it would be shiny enough to be squished into a cool design.
I mean, what did parents do before pressing pennies? It’s the most creative thing. It’s low cost, and it keeps the kids totally entertained (though, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t like doing it, because as an adult, it’s still my jam)
SO- I’m here to tell you THINGS HAVE CHANGED.
I repeat- it’s a new pressed penny world out there!!!!
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Pressed Pennies are what exactly?
Real quick- for the folks that may not know, let me dedicate two sentences to explaining a pressed penny machine.
It’s exactly what it sounds like- you get some pennies and you pick a design and you squish them into a piece of metal that will forever carry your design.
Cool and kinda creepy- but we love it.
We store them in these little pressed penny binders and suddenly, smooshing change is hella cool.
So why do we press pennies? Because they are such a fun and cool souvenir. They’re cheap, they’re unexpected, and they keep everyone entertained. Sometimes it’s the little things in life!
Ok, tell me what’s changed because I love pressed pennies and you’ve freaked me out
Pressed pennies STILL EXIST
you can breathe a sigh of relief- but things have changed.
Previously, you’d gather up your quarters and pennies and hunt for the machines around resorts and the parks. Or you’d have one of those fancy pocket finders. But two things are new that could impact your trip.
No longer do you have to hunt for your pennies- because it’s gone DIGITAL.
I KNOW ITS 2020 AND FINALLY WE HAVE AN ONLINE MAP. thank you lord because it’s annoying to come across the same machine when you really just want a new design!
So you can go to the My Disney App and search for ‘coin machine’ and find yourself a full view of where they are located on the resort property. WOOOO.
They’ve gone digital TIMES 2.
Yes- you can finally order them with a debit card and with dollar bills. No more having to carry around change which is blowing my mind!
But there’s some pros and cons to this new method.
Big CON is that you have to purchase the whole set of coins for 5 dollars if you pay with a card.
If you use a dollar you can purchase one. But this means that you now pay 1 dollar for a pressed penny (the irony here) instead of 51 cents.
IF you purchase with a card, that means you get EIGHT pennies for five dollars. Still not the same as using change, and you might end up with some designs you don’t want.
Plus, you aren’t able to select the pennies (and this can be a big deal if you like having new and unblemished pennies to get pressed!)
BUT THE PRO- is that you no longer need to carry change! You can just use a debit card or pop a dollar in the machine and tada! You’ve got some great souvenirs.
So how much change do I need to bring to get these pressed pennies?
Let’s just say friend, you’ve got options!
You can do the traditional change method (but the new ones don’t accept change)
Or you can bring dollars or a debit card (but the old ones only take change)
My word of advice, bring 10 dollars in quarters, a roll of pennies, and some 10 dollars in 1 dollar bills. 20 dollars and 50 cents will get you quite a few pennies to choose from!
Best Hacks for getting the prettiest pennies
On the old crank machines, anyone will tell you, the slower you crank, the better the image. The new ones, you aren’t able to control as well- but they seem to turn out pretty decent.
Once you get home, you can clean any pennies that are less than pretty- and it’s not hard! Simply use an eraser, or put them in some vinegar and you are good to go!
What do I do with the pennies when I get home
So I’ve got a confession- my pennies have sat in a drawer for like everrrrr and then I think I gave them away and I’m SO SAD ABOUT IT.
Now that my 4 year old is obsessed with them (parenting done right) I’m going to take some of these ideas and make a little ‘penny wall nook’ where we can keep these nifty souvenirs from our weekly trips and use them as decorations. That’s a win in my book!