Is Cash Kaput?

Do you only carry cash for tips and emergencies?

Roz Warren, Writing Coach
Crow’s Feet

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Yesterday on a walk I passed a couple of neighborhood kids who had set up a lemonade stand. I would have stopped, but I didn’t have any cash on me.

I felt bad about that.

I remember having lemonade stands with my sister as a kid in the 1960s, and how happy we were to get a customer, and how unpleasant it was when a neighbor would breeze right by without stopping.

I don’t even like lemonade, but as a grown-up, I made it a practice to always stop at lemonade stands to buy a cup and exchange a few words with the young entrepreneurs in charge. It was fun to get to know my young neighbors and support them.

But the pandemic got me out of the habit of carrying cash. These days, I put everything on my credit card. When I leave the house, I’ll sometimes put a couple of five-dollar bills in my wallet to pay for tips. And when I’m off to California, I always bring a $100 bill for emergencies. (Which I never end up using.)

But as far as most of my spending is concerned? Cash is a thing of the past.

I wondered how usual this was, so when I got home I asked my Facebook pals, mostly seniors like me, if they still carried cash.

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Roz Warren, Writing Coach
Crow’s Feet

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