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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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    Cash is a good thing!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    I like using "cash" as in spending only the money you have, and not using credit for daily purchases. I am not really a "spender" though, so my purchases are limited to things like groceries, gas, the occasional haircut, now and again a fabric trip. :D All of these things are at LEAST $40-$50 a shot...and if it's the weekly trip to the grocery, over a hundred easy. I just couldn't walk around with that kinda money on me.

    HOWEVER, smaller things like a pastry and coffee, out to lunch with friends, stuff that's $20 or less I would buy with cash. And I think it's more accurate AND good manners for it to be counted back.

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    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.
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    I worked as a car hop in my teens, and learned early and fast how to give change. You do NOT have to figure out how much is left, you simply start counting FROM the amount owed and go on to the amount handed you. Someone gives you 20 dollars for a seventeen dollar 55 cent purchase...start handing back 2 dimes and count ==65--75 (then a quarter) eighteen (NOW 2 dollar bills)nineteen== twenty dollars. Thank you for shopping with us, have a nice day.

    If you work kids like that, using real change and bills, it'll soon become easy for them.

    A month or so ago I stopped at a yard sale, gave a late teen girl a 5 dollar bill AND A QUARTER for a 4.25 cent purchase, expecting to get a dollar back because she had a mass of ones in her cash box. She stood there looking at that quarter and holding the 5 dollar bill in the other hand....an adult male from her house finally suggested she give me a one dollar bill. He didn't look any too happy, just looked at me and shrugged. I could see him talking to her in the rear view mirror...she didn't look like she wanted to learn either!!

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    And speaking about old fashioned paying...have you noticed that some stores, like Costco, have some of those very old fashioned vacuum pipes that you put cash in and it sucks it up to a hidden room? They had that working well when I was a kid, which was a LONG time ago. If it works, use it. It'll take the biggest stash of cash out of the way of criminals, they might get a smaller amount but the greatest haul is in a safe place till the armored cars pick it up.

    Used to be the clerk wrote up your sale, added up the total and sent it off to the office. Where, presumably, they used a calculator that needed cranking? And if the clerk was off the total (wonder if she/he got mandatory math lessons before being allowed to count cash again?) the correct number was written on the tag and the correct change returned, which was then handed to the customer. In the mean time the clerk and customer..in our town most likely to be neighbors or kin folks or both...would be able to chat with each other or other customers, who would, in the main, be calmly looking around and doing some chatting themselves.

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    I agree but that's what we've created. Gotta love technology. One of the schools here in indiana has even taken cursive writing out the school, and replaced it with typing. Who can blame them. When was the last time you signed your name? Me about 2 weeks ago, the store was low tech and only ran debits as credits, so I had to sign...I found it annoying. See we make thing the way they are and then we complain. Really give this a ponder and we've no right to complain, we support this behavior by owning a computer and chatting on this board.

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    Not likely because people have bank cards now, I hardly every carry cash and just lost my bank card, and i feel awkward without it. Me personally if I carry cash, I spend too much, misplace it, or too often lose it so I don't carry it unless it has a specific purpose that I need it for. Cards just make things so much more convenient

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    Quote Originally Posted by leatheflea
    I agree but that's what we've created. Gotta love technology. One of the schools here in indiana has even taken cursive writing out the school, and replaced it with typing. Who can blame them. When was the last time you signed your name? Me about 2 weeks ago, the store was low tech and only ran debits as credits, so I had to sign...I found it annoying. See we make thing the way they are and then we complain. Really give this a ponder and we've no right to complain, we support this behavior by owning a computer and chatting on this board.
    when my son was inmiddle school and high school,he graduated 2000.he wasnt allowed to turn in hand written reports,they had to typed or done on a computer.teachers didnt want to have to try to read the kids handwriting.And I honestly thiink because of that his hand writing is terrible

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    when my son was inmiddle school and high school,he graduated 2000.he wasnt allowed to turn in hand written reports,they had to typed or done on a computer.teachers didnt want to have to try to read the kids handwriting.And I honestly thiink because of that his hand writing is terrible[/quote]
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    Not necessarily so. When my youngest son was in kindergarten he got shifted part time to another class because he already was reading at 3rd grade level. They tested him as being gifted. But they did say that an intelligent kid is a nosey kid and his mind will most likely always work faster than his manual dexterity..which means that most highly intelligent folks will have horrid hand writing. And unfortunately, nowadays it is not really necessary except for signing contracts and checks.

    And on reading his notes on BD and other cards, I can sympathize with teachers, they have masses of kids' reports to read and they simply do not have the time to teach each and every one of the class to write legibly by hand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0tis
    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.
    I use my debit card for most everything. I stuff the receipt. I also check my account the next day after purchases to see what has cleared the bank. It doesn't matter if I take the time to write it down at POS, I probably wouldn't do the math right then and there anyhow. At the end of the month or any point during the month, I can print out a pie chart or other form of financial breakdown showing me just where my money was spent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramona Byrd
    when my son was inmiddle school and high school,he graduated 2000.he wasnt allowed to turn in hand written reports,they had to typed or done on a computer.teachers didnt want to have to try to read the kids handwriting.And I honestly thiink because of that his hand writing is terrible
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    Not necessarily so. When my youngest son was in kindergarten he got shifted part time to another class because he already was reading at 3rd grade level. They tested him as being gifted. But they did say that an intelligent kid is a nosey kid and his mind will most likely always work faster than his manual dexterity..which means that most highly intelligent folks will have horrid hand writing. And unfortunately, nowadays it is not really necessary except for signing contracts and checks.

    And on reading his notes on BD and other cards, I can sympathize with teachers, they have masses of kids' reports to read and they simply do not have the time to teach each and every one of the class to write legibly by hand.[/quote]

    Made me chuckle! If it is true that horrid hand writing is a sign of highly intelligent folks, then I am brilliant. :lol: :lol:

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    this generation is the computer one if a machines says its so it is.....my gdd has no idea how to handle money or use read the dails on the clock I said what if all the power in the world went out what would you do without your ipod..............................

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    I just read online that the Treasury is not printing so much paper money, because of so many people not using cash.

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    No dc don't ever use one. Use cash, check and rarely cc.

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    I almost never use cash or checks; it's all debit for me with a rare credit card swipe for major purchases.

    Kids don't know how to count back change because they don't have to count back change. If the register didn't tell them the amount (AND if people returned to using cash) they'd be as good at counting it back manually as older generations were.

    Kids today are learning different skills from what many of us had to learn to get by in the society of the times. Now, if you came out of school unable to use a computer it would be a serious obstacle to going into most job markets, and entirely prohibitive for pursuing higher education. Those non-change-counting kids have to have computer skills to run the registers now.

    Cursive writing is pretty, but is it truly necessary when we can block print or type communication? Paper forms are dying out, but even these now usually have a note to PRINT your name.

    I'm not saying we should junk everything we were taught in favor of new things, but we should look seriously at what skills are needed and which ones are now only "nice to haves."

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    Quote Originally Posted by TonnieLoree
    Quote Originally Posted by Ramona Byrd
    when my son was inmiddle school and high school,he graduated 2000.he wasnt allowed to turn in hand written reports,they had to typed or done on a computer.teachers didnt want to have to try to read the kids handwriting.And I honestly thiink because of that his hand writing is terrible
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    Not necessarily so. When my youngest son was in kindergarten he got shifted part time to another class because he already was reading at 3rd grade level. They tested him as being gifted. But they did say that an intelligent kid is a nosey kid and his mind will most likely always work faster than his manual dexterity..which means that most highly intelligent folks will have horrid hand writing. And unfortunately, nowadays it is not really necessary except for signing contracts and checks.

    And on reading his notes on BD and other cards, I can sympathize with teachers, they have masses of kids' reports to read and they simply do not have the time to teach each and every one of the class to write legibly by hand.
    Made me chuckle! If it is true that horrid hand writing is a sign of highly intelligent folks, then I am brilliant. :lol: :lol:[/quote]
    LOL

    :P :P :P

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