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Old 06-12-2020, 09:08 AM
 
Location: NJ
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Just yesterday I noticed that I had a $20 in my wallet, and realized I have had it since about last Thanksgiving.I really cannot remember when I last paid cash for anything. I got the $20 as cash back when paying with a debit card, just to have some cash on me in case it was needed (has not been needed).


Cash is not dead though, there are still a lot of people that have no bank account or credit card.


https://www.cnbc.com/2019/03/08/25pe...derbanked.html
we really cant afford to get rid of cash because some transactions need to be made without the government knowing. this is especially dangerous for people purchasing drugs or other services/goods that the government would harm us for purchasing.
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Old 06-12-2020, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Log "cabin" west of Bangor
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I used cash a couple of days ago when I went into the village to buy some tobacco. I always carry over $1,000 for 'walking around money', and a bit of silver bullion as well.

I got a rude awakening a couple of years ago when my card was shut off without notice. I had already pumped gas into my jeep and I was very embarrassed when my card was declined even though I knew there were thousands of dollars in my account. Fortunately, it was at a store in the neighboring village and I know the owner well, he let me cuff it until the next time I came by. Had it been anywhere else I am sure that it would have been a bigger problem.

It took a day or two to get to the root of the problem, which was that I had used my card the day before at two places where I had never used it before then. Several hours later, someone attempted to use my card number in a transaction more than a thousand miles away, the bank twigged to the discrepancy and shut the card off- it was a $7.xx 'test' that they saved me from. Unfortunately, I had to take a day off work to get the card replaced, which caused me to lose more than $100 in pay. I never did learn which establishment- either the animal shelter or a Denny's restaurant- compromised the number. (It had to be one of the two, because I had not used my card at all for at least a couple of weeks prior, the 'coincidence' is too big to ignore.)
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Old 06-12-2020, 09:27 AM
 
Location: Log "cabin" west of Bangor
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Cash is not dead though, there are still a lot of people that have no bank account or credit card.


https://www.cnbc.com/2019/03/08/25pe...derbanked.html
I saw a report on TV not long ago, indicating that there is a movement afoot to try to change that, by attempting to coerce the 'unbanked' to get into the system with 'free' cards.
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Old 06-12-2020, 09:28 AM
 
Location: NY/LA
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We rarely used cash even before the stay-at-home orders went into effect. I think the last time we used cash was probably February, or maybe even January.
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Old 06-12-2020, 09:33 AM
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Location: New York
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The dog grooming place only takes cash, they just reopened.
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Old 06-12-2020, 09:33 AM
 
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Yard service always gets cash in hand.
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Old 06-12-2020, 09:50 AM
 
Location: Chicago area
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Before Covid? We would spend about $100 a week in cash. We haven't touched money since March now.
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Old 06-12-2020, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Today.
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Old 06-12-2020, 11:14 AM
 
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yesterday at a drive up cafe
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Old 06-12-2020, 11:30 AM
 
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The only time I use cash anymore is when the lottery numbers are really high and my office has a pool. I think the last time we had one was late last summer? Other than that, it has been quite a few years since I used cash regularly. Do still write checks occasionally, for the lawn guy and pest control guy.
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