Ira Keys is an 81-year-old man whose father taught him a simple rule: “‘Whatever you do, son, save your money,'” Keys recounted to KCBD. “Back when I started in ’52, I didn’t have a lot of money, so I saved pennies and I just kept saving them.”

The Slaton, Texas resident did just that and, millennials, take heed. Keys finally took all his pennies (all 500 pounds of them) down to the bank to cash in, netting a cool $816. Not a bad return for a simple habit he picked up as a little kid. Of course, the local bank in Staton reportedly had to count each penny by hand, so maybe not everyone is thrilled with Keys’ decision, but his wisdom holds up …