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 [...]
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. [...]More... →
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Since I couldn’t conceive of going cardless, I refused to believe my being placed in that group was at all possible. If the unthinkable occurred, I figured I simply wouldn’t spend any money for the week, rent and other revolving expenses either having been covered or not coming due until after the contest period.
Sure [...]More... →
… has nothing to do with cash, really.
You know how once in a while, you see one of those old cars driving in traffic, the ones that look like a Model T. My first day cardless, I saw one on Mass Ave, just put-putting down the road in the middle of all the normal, [...]More... →
I am mostly a cashless person. I always carry around some cash – for emergencies or the odd time I need it. Usually this is when I forget to fill my Jumbo card and I am in the middle of paying for lunch in Mugar, or at a random coffee shop which is cash only. [...]More... →
For Christmas I took my parents dog-sledding in Maine, and the company was cash only. I was somewhat annoyed since it was $150/person, which meant a $450 cash transaction. Seriously? Oh well. It’s Maine. We stopped at the local Mallard Mart on the way so I could make the requisite withdrawal.
But then something got [...]More... →
I met up with a fellow microfinance intern from Oaxaca at a cash-only bar, and she was concerned about having enough on hand for a drink. We never would have let that happen Oaxaca, where cash is king. People never let their cash supplies get too low because cards just can’t be counted on there. [...]More... →
to check out library books!
Cardless and going strong.More... →
Going into the challenge, I was excited yet nervous about what this week would look like. Normally dependent on the various pieces of plastic in my wallet, when I drew the “cardless” assignment I knew I was in for an interesting experience. Like everyone else, I took the necessary precautions before the week started. I [...]More... →
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