I never thought I would see the day when there were places right here in these United States where they didn’t like cash. Cash is no longer king, and sometimes the green is not good.
First some small history. If you have read my blogs over this summer you will have some small inkling of the size of the pile of crap that has fallen on us. Long story short, (side note at this thought, zemanta just brought up some pics to put on the page, I am hoping a manure pile is one of them) anyway, long story short, we have decided to nearly forego the banking industry and go back to a mostly cash system for our budget.
Seems like a good idea right? Get the direct deposit, go withdraw it, be hyper accurate with records and it should work out fine. Biggest problem, some places give you dirty looks when you pull out cash. Some look on in puzzlement as former presidents look out from their assigned currencies.
Some say “Oh, we don’t get much cash.” or some don’t even take it. I tried to pay my rent with cash and they said no. I had to go get a cashiers check or pay over the net with a credit card. Hmmm. Imagine that, here is perfectly good money, issued by the Government for the people by the people and protected under miles of codes and laws, and they don’t want it. All they want is the numbers in the bank account.
It is not like I am paying in chickens or anything. Back in my grandparents day, they had cash. You got paid in cash or a check that you cashed at the bank. You paid cash for groceries. You paid cash for gas. If you didn’t have cash, you didn’t buy that extra candy bar. Debit cards are way too easy to use and they get you in trouble.
I could have called this article “Down with Debit Cards.” We got nailed with the timing of debit cards to the tune of about $1400 in the past 6 months. May not be catastrophic but that is rent and groceries for a month. The issue is timing. and the fact that the banks need to make up some revenue that they are not getting from loans and other government restrictions.
So I am working hard to keep my bank accounts at a minimum and use that debit card as little as possible. I have had to plan on getting gas during the times when a person is actually in the place to take my cash. I have had to really keep track because I know that when the cash is gone, there is no more. It brings a whole new level of frugality that debit cards and easy credit have taken away.
Plus you can have fun with it. I sold some fitness equipment earlier this week and took the check to the bank to cash. They asked how I wanted it back and I told him a sack of dollar coins. He looked nervous before I chuckled and told him what bills I wanted. I would still like to have $1000 in dollar coins. Walmart would have an apoplexy when we got groceries.
Anyway, have a great weekend, Remember Talk Like A pirate Day is on Monday, I hope you have all decorated and have been watching your pirate movies and singing your sea chanteys around the grog pot. There will be a special edition of the podcast on Monday, the reason there was not one yesterday. It is taking a lot to put together, but it should be entertaining. I have had not interest in joining in on the podcast, so **like deleted to preserve family content**
I will be having some special guests that will remain unnamed until the naming during the podcast. I would say you don’t want to miss it, but then again you might. In that case I will email it to everyone who visits this site and clog their servers and email systems so that I can take over. Cyber hijacking. Anyway, have a fun weekend.
ONE MORE THING! Happy Birthday to Ralph earlier this week, he got older and probably more cantankerous. Wish him a happy belated birthday.
Later – Justin