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Not to be confused with the time machine in Plants vs. Zombies 2.

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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.


Its name is a reference to "penny pinchers," people who are careful with money and pinch it before letting it on a surface.


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 and bonus coins given from Lawnmowers left when finishing level will also count for the achievement.


  • The player can earn this achievement in Zen Garden, despite it not being a level, though the player has to stay in the Zen Garden to collect coins.
  • This and Lucky Spin are the only achievements related to money.

See also

V · T · E Achievements in Plants vs. Zombies
20 Below Zero** · Ask Me About Mustache Mode* · Book Learner** · Chill Out** · Close Shave · Crash of the Titan · Defcorn 5 · Disco is Undead · Down the Hole!** *** · Explodonator · Flower Power** · Home Lawn Security · Last Mown Standing** · Lawn Mower Man · Melon-y Lane · Monster Mash · Morticulturalist · Nobel Peas Prize · Nom Nom Nom · Peking Express · Penny Pincher · Popcorn Party · Pyromaniac · Second Life · Shopaholic · Shopping Spree · Soil Your Plants · SPUDOW! · Street Team · Sunny Days · The Complete Zombie · Thrilling the Zombies*** · Undead Space · Versus vs Versus
Area Specific
Day Good Morning
Night No Fungus Among Us · Photosensitive
Pool Don't Drink the Water** · Don't Pea in the Pool · Pool's Closed
Fog Blind Faith · Cryptozombologist · Nebulaphile · Zombologist
Roof Grounded · Unsiege Mentality**
Mode Specific
Mini-games Attention Deficit** · Beyond the Grave · Chilli Free** · Diamond Beghouler · Lucky Spin · No-Cob-No-Explode*** · Roll Some Heads · Shooting Star · Sproing! Sproing! · Sultan of Spin*** · Wall-Not Attack · ZFF's 4 Evr
Puzzle Mode Better Off Dead · China Shop · Gotcha!** · Hammer Time!** · I, Win** · Smashing! · Still Standing · The Stuff of Legends · Think Hard · Where the Sun Don't Shine · Sol Invictus**
Survival Mode Alive and Planting · Immortal* · Tough Beans
Zen Garden Enlightened** · Greenfingers** · Greenhouser** · Towering Wisdom
  • * means the achievement is PC-exclusive.
  • ** means the achievement is handheld-exclusive.
  • *** means the achievement no longer exists.