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Pick up 30 coins on a single level without letting any disappear.

Difficulty: Easy

Penny Pincher is an achievement unlockable on the PC, iOS, Nook, and Android versions of Plants vs. Zombies. It is worth ten points on Game Center. The player unlocks it when they collect 30 coins of any kind without missing one in a single level.


This achievement can be completed at any level, including Adventure Mode, but only if enough coins are dropped. The best levels to do so are Survival: Endless because of the large waves of zombies that arrive. However, you cannot let any disappear or this achievement will not count. Playing the Last Stand mini-game and using Marigolds and/or a Gold Magnet would be a good example. Another would be playing Whack a Zombie (or Level 2-5) because the zombies drop coins very often in that mini-game. You can also get this achievement in Zen Garden, and it is quite easy (the more plants you have, the easier you can get it). Another excellent way to get this achievement is through Wall-nut Bowling and Wall-nut Bowling 2. Just wait for the screen to be filled with zombies, then send a few Wall-nuts through to make combos and therefore, earn coins. Replaying level 4-10 after your first playthrough can help, as killing the Zombie Yeti for the first time will provide 5 diamonds, leaving you with 25 coins or diamonds left for the needed amount.

Note: Diamonds will also count for the achievement.


  • The name of this achievement is a reference to "penny pinchers," people who are careful with money and pinch it before letting it on a surface.
  • The player can earn this achievement in Zen Garden, despite it not being a level, though the player has to not to go anywhere during collecting coins.
  • The icon of it is misleading, as only 18 silver coins appear in the icon when 30 are needed to get the achievement.
    • It is possible that they are behind the other stacks.

See also

Achievements in Plants vs. Zombies

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