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Chipotle Ends the Penny Before U.S. Mint Does

Rounding up or down to the nearest nickel saves time and that's just one argument against the diminutive denomination.

Fast-casual burrito lovers are reading headlines like "Chipotle caught STEALING pennies" this week and thinking one of a few things:

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What the 2.4-Cent Penny Says About America's Budget Problem

The controversy around the humble penny illustrates the challenges of getting public spending under control.


It turns out that the humble penny is a pricey coin. Specifically, each new penny coined by the government costs 2.4 cents.

My point here is not to remind you that pennies are anachronisms that ought to be dispensed with entirely—though that is true. This is actually a story about the federal budget, and why it’s so tough to manage.

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Dunkin' Donuts' Penny Sanity Dunkin' Donuts' Courageous Stand Against the Penny (Updated)

A lone doughnut shop is banishing pennies, rounding change to the nearest nickel. Is this savvy business or a frustrated cashier?

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