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SLATON, Texas (Jan. 20, 2015) – They say a penny saved is a penny earned.
Eighty-one-year-old Ira Key is living proof.
According to KCBD, Keys hasn’t spent a penny since he was 17 years old because of advice from his father.
“He says, ‘Whatever you do son, save your money,’” Keys said. “Back when I started in ’52, I didn’t have a lot of money, so I saved pennies and I just kept saving them.”
Keys walked into a bank and deposited a penny collection 65 years in the making. It weighed 500 pounds and took employees more than an hour to count.
When it was all said and done, Keys ended up with 81,600 pennies worth $816.