There’s something about a piggy bank that makes people smile. Whether it’s because the little thing is so cute and funny-looking, or because it reminds us of a simpler time when we were children, or if it’s because it stashes away something we all need more of, I don’t know. But piggy banks really are fun and actually, they are a really good thing to have. I keep one in my kitchen where I toss all kinds of change I find from the boys’ pockets, my overflowing wallet, or the nickels discovered in the family room couch. Then, whenever I need a few spare quarters to stick in the lunchboxes so the kids can get ice cream at school or am heading somewhere that I know will require change (think metered parking), I have quick and easy access. And here’s something to think about. I gave my sister in law one of these silver plated piggy banks about two years ago as a small gift to keep her change handy. She told me recently that the thing had gotten heavy and she decided to open it and count up her quarters. The result was a windfall of $245 she never even knew she had. Let’s just say, a much-deserved dinner out that night was on the pig.