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 borrow money for my weekly contribution to my savings group for microfinance and cheated once to pay a parking meter for a friend, but overall I would go long stretches of time without even thinking about the game. I realized during the week that I am more reliant on cards than I thought.
I was slightly nervous going into the game because the last time I went cashless was when my wallet was stolen in Ecuador. Since I had left a credit card out of my wallet in case of an emergency, I used that while waiting weeks for my debit card. I had to purchase food at the overpriced touristy spots because no other place would accept credit cards and constantly needed to figure out ways to get cash for transportation. The experience was not only expensive but nerve racking as I didnt always know how I was going to pay for my next meal or bus fare and I became overly reliant on friends for loans. While this burdensome experience was painful, going cashless in the United States is a completely different story. Almost all of my daily transactions are accessibly by credit card, and if something requires cash, I am usually able to forgo it or use a credit card to make the purchase at another location. This did make me wonder if I’m the norm in my almost complete reliance on credit cards or if most people still rely on cash for the majority of their transactions.