I thought it would be interesting to see if I could go one week without using any cash. That was no problem with 2 exceptions. The first was to pay for tomatoes at the farmers market at the East Columbia Library and the second at a parking meter in Baltimore. Even these two instances of using cash are disappearing. Many of the parking meters in Baltimore are now able to take credit cards and a week ago when I went out to Larriland to pick berries they had a credit card machine out in the fields. Wireless credit card machines are becoming more common.
So for the week I used $9.50 in cash--a small percentage to the total amount I spent last week. The rest of my purchases were by credit card. I know this maybe trouble for people who over spend and build up large credit card bills. I have always been one of those lousy credit card users who pay off their bill each month. For those with less discipline debit cards or preloaded cards (or maybe cash!) are the answer.
One more advantage of not using cash is the germs on money. Read this report from ABC News.
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