From the monthly archives: April 2012

That was easy

On April 13, 2012 By

I started out thinking that I would have at least some instances where I would be frustrated by being restricted to cards for a week, but I think the most interesting story is that I went almost an entire seven days without even noticing that I had no cash on me. I did have to [...]

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This was a challenge, especially when the world is programmed to use cards. One would think that using cards would save money versus using cash but that isn’t true. I can tell you I did cheat a couple of times but it wasn’t intentional. My day 1 started with me stuck at home finishing a [...]

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Living without cards for a week resulted in some interesting habits. For one, I developed a fear of being without small bills.  I found that I always liked to keep a couple $1, $5  and $10 dollar bills on me. Whether I was splitting a bill with friends, tipping or making sure I [...]

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Concluding thoughts

On April 13, 2012 By

I told myself I was going to blog every day, tens of hilarious stories about my trials and tribulations living in a cash-constrained world. But the truth is, all the trials and tribulations were mundane inconveniences, causing me to walk further, wait longer, and buy later. I avoided short rides on the T without access [...]

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Trust in Cash

On April 12, 2012 By

I was cashless (swapped out of cardless because I didn’t want to waste a week of pre-paid T-pass). Everything was fine, I even installed levelup and got a bonus $5 which I used to get a loaf of bread at the best bakery in town.

In a recent panic about finding a job and leaving [...]

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Random Musings

On April 12, 2012 By

Since I’ve undertaken the mission to forego cash, I realize that I have been on a mental and physical detox from all late-night outings. An unintended consequence indeed.

Why?

First lesson in college: always carry cash when going out, for cabs, dinner/food trucks, cash bars, random homeless person, cute rickshaw boy, etc.

How many of [...]

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(Background: Your humble blogger is a self-styled guru of “Zen and the art of cashless living”. With over 10,000 hours of practice in non-cash payments (Here’s one more data point for you Malcolm Gladwell!) in the last 12 years, this blogger has been relentless in capturing and optimizing the hidden value in all payments cashless, [...]

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I have to admit: my cashless week was somewhat uneventful. When I first learned that we would be randomly selected to be on either side of this smackdown, I prayed to God to place me in the cashless group. My week was already packed enough as to have to add worrying about the amount of [...]

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by Min Lin
When I first discovered I would have to go cardless for a week, I thought, “I have to call mom, she’ll know what to do.” Except for some change in my wallet, I never carry cash. My mother, on the other hand, rarely uses her credit card and is wary of online [...]

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This week, I made the biggest purchase using cash since I came to Fletcher last August. I bought an iPhone 4 from a fellow Fletcher student! I had lost my phone in an unfortunate event during my spring break trip to Paris, and I had been desperately looking to buy a used one. [...]

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