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 the electronic marketplace: my weekly organic veggie delivery, my charliecard, my groupon passes, my bank accounts, my Tufts JumboCash, my yoga studio pass etc.
The first order of business? I downloaded LevelUp, an app that would allow me to continue to shop at many of the cash only places I have come to love, and avoid minimum purchase requirements at many others.
The fringe benefit? LevelUp, like Groupon and host of other similar products, I can unlock savings by opting out of cash; hooray! My sharing the link amongst my fellow players has also earned purchase credits (so far totalling $10).
The real challenge for me will be in maintaining my current low level of consumption while going cashless. I often force myself to use cash when I’m trying to save money, but I am pretty nervous that the draw of new Apps and deals and “savings” versus the cash group will incent me to spend more.
- $0.25 using Charlie Card on one T-ride
- $.92 “cash back” on my dinner bill from Boston Restaurant Week (2% of $46)
- $10 at participating LevelUp restaurant
- $500 million on Lottery ticket I couldn’t purchase