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Thread: Cash payments in stores - Too Old Fashioned???

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    I don't quite understand it - It seems that paying cash for a purchase has become a thing of the past.

    Clerks at the various stores look at you like you are just plain crazy if you pay with cash!!! Some of the young ones get that deer in the headlight look even. :lol:

    It is so frustrating to me - it seems that most stores do not educate their employees on how to count change back to a customer - I for one miss that!!!! If it wasnt for the registers telling them how much change to give, some of them would be lost. Then they can't count the amount to you - they just hand it back or say 3.26 is your change (thats what the register says anyway) and they just dump it on counter or in your hand. I have made it a point to count it when I receive it because some don't even give the correct change when told how much to give you.

    Call me old fashioned but when we were growing up, we didn't and couldn't use calculators in class. This mean't we had to think for ourselves and do math in our heads. Counting out change was routine and showed respect to the customers. I learned early on (started work at concession stand at the pool while I was in 8th grade). My husband helped in concession stand last night with our grand daughters softball team. They were 8 and 9 year olds and he was trying to teach them how to do the math in order to give change-not an easy task. Just saying. I am not bashing my grand daughter by any means - in many ways she is smarter for her young age than I was or can be on some subjects!!!

    I have heard it said trends go full circle - like the 70's clothes are coming back in style and even some of the songs are being remade. Do you think the "cash" concept
    will ever return???

    I doubt it- but whenever I can I will continue to pay cash for my purchases. I dont like signing those electronic pads - where does my signature go??? Where do all my pin numbers go???? I guess I should ask my grand daughter - she would probably know this :lol:

    Thanks for listening..I feel better now...will be off to the store soon with cash in hand!!!! cheryl

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    My almost 18 year old daughter can NOT read a clock unless it's a digital! I've tried and tried to teach her, but she's simply not interested. Incredible. She would be the one at the register with the deer in the headlights eyes. She's a brilliant girl, but these are functions of society that teenagers are not being taught well.

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    I almost aways use my debit card, carry very little cash, I just feel safer. It is a habit I got into when working in some very bad neighborhoods. Nothing to get robbed of. You hear about muggings and purse snatchings and stuff all the time. If something like that were to happen I just call my bank and cancel the card, I don't lose all the money I'm carrying.

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    I like cash too and only use the debit card when I HAVE to. Stores have to pay a service fee for each card taken. I would prefer cash if I were a business owner since all of the sale would go to the business and none going to the bank for the privlage of using a card. Guess I am old fashioned too.

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    I know what you mean about paying cash .. they ability to count back change seems to be a lost skill. Ever give them the penny or two after they have entered the amount tendered? That really confuses the heck out them.
    I do use credit cards for many major purchases ... as my card offers an additional warrenty if their card is used for the purchase... so pretty much anything with a plug goes on the card.

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    I still frequently use cash.

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    I agree that counting back change is a skill that is often over looked. I'm 31 and it drives me nuts when they have to rely on the coputer to count back change.

    One area I'm on the fence about is calculator use. I feel they should be able to do basic math without one, but now-a-days all businesses are using computers for everything, and we an all atest the younger they start using them the better they are at using them!

    Just my two cents!

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    I am a cash kind of gal - then I don't owe anyone at the end of the month - but I'm not sure about debit cards - I have never used one - I would be frantically writing it down in my checkbook - I see people all the time using them and they stuff the receipt away - I wonder if they remember to record it. We were taught in school how to write a check and balance our checking acct - I think that is a lost art too.

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    Apparently many people that have garage and yard sales still prefer to be paid with CASH!

    :lol:

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    I think a lot of people do not record their transactions-they just believe the bank or credit card company will get it correct. My hubby would not be able to sleep at night if he couldn't keep track of every bill and receipt we have. I can tell you that banks do make mistakes and he's caught plenty of them over the years, to our benefit and to their's! Credit card companies are very sneaky about their benifit claims and what you are soon getting~it pays to read the fine print and check what's happening each month or so. What a world we live in when it comes to dependability! I do love my home and neighbors, it's not all bad, thanks to God.

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