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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School’s out!!

On April 6, 2012 By

The April 6, 10:00am deadline is past! Welcome back to your integrated wallets.

Blogging continues…. stay tuned for details on the blogging deadline, prize announcements and more.

Thank you very much for participating in our Smackdown!

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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 [...]

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The letter T

On April 6, 2012 By

… 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, [...]

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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. [...]

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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 [...]

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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. [...]

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I used a card…

On April 5, 2012 By

to check out library books!

Cardless and going strong.

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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 [...]

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