From the daily archives: Saturday, March 31, 2012

I went to Target this morning, spent $65. I am cardless this week, so I had been sure to bring enough cash along for what I planned to buy. (Target is, of course, notorious for shopping mission creep. My fixed amount of cash limited but did not completely eliminate this.)

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To begin with, I had not used my atm card to take out cash in so long that I had forgotten my pin and had to have my bank send me a “reminder”. I don’t even have a bank in Somerville. I usually get cash by paying for other people with my credit card and [...]

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Tolls got me.

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 I picked my wife up from the airport, and I’m so used to zipping through the electronic tolls, I did it without even thinking. It was premeditated. I decided I would just ‘fess up here and say, –Yes it’s a wonderful thing that I can drive straight through toll booths without stopping, waiting, or scrounging [...]

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Seigniorage ain’t manna.

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WaPo editorialized, on the dollar-bill-versus-dollar-coin debate, that “objectively, facts favor the coin.” This is a surprisingly narrow view of the issue of what form our money ought to take. There are better questions to ask about money than whether to print it on paper or mint it from metal.

Business interests too small to [...]

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It’s less than a day into the cashless/cardless smackdown and this competition has already cost me $3 dollars I had no intent of spending. Granted, they were $3 delicious dollars (in the form of a giant chocolate chip cookie), but unnecessary spending nonetheless.

As part of team cashless, for the next week I am doomed [...]

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Despite paper cash not being a form of legal tender for me until this competition ends, I find myself accumulating more and more of it. First, it was a couple of bucks from a friend to compensate me for the lemonade I was putting on my credit card. Next, it was payback from friends at [...]

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So begins the the first Fletcher Card Games!

Luckily, I think we have much better odds of success than our ficticious Hunger Games counterparts. I must admit, I was near elated when I was assigned the cardless group, like winning the convenience, savings and priviledge lottery all in one. So much of my life is already in [...]

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Off to a good start!

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In an attempt to do this honestly, I withdrew $140 at exactly 3:48 PM yesterday.  Off to run a bunch of errands, I got lucky at the very first one.

Passport photos at Davis Square, $9 for 2. Note on front desk: $15 card minimum or $1 fee for charging less. Now we [...]

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Day 0 – 10:30pm. To prepare myself go cardless, I needed to go to ATM to withdraw enough cash to survive my coming week. I just thought that I would just get some cash from an ATM at a convenience store nearest my house. Yeah, it is not my Bank of America ATM, but I [...]

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