Oct 22nd, 2012 by Jennifer Lynn
M. and I are fond of browsing the farmers market for fresh, locally grown produce and it has become somewhat of a tradition in our little family to attend the market every Saturday morning at the parkway five blocks from our apartment. Once we arrive home, our sacks brimming with delectable bounty, another ritual ensues—the frenzied preparation of a savory, home-cooked breakfast, a bursting potpourri of newly-obtained ingredients.
Here is an example, with scrambled duck eggs (for our eggs we enjoy alternating between chicken and duck), peach, veggies, tomato and a fresh-baked blueberry streusel muffin:
Mmmmm, a heavenly breakfast that is simply delish!
We always utilize cash whenever we attend the market and thus carry anywhere between $50 to $100, depending on what is in season and what our selection for that particular week is.
This weekend we were stuck in line behind a patron who was fumbling through his wallet to pay for a string of garlic bulbs, and I was a bit surprised when the gentleman had to eventually step away to track down an ATM because he had no cash on hand. This made me wonder how often people still carry cash, and how much.
Usually I make an effort to have around $40 tucked in my pocket at all times (with a nice selection of $5′s, $10′s and singles) and a cache of spare change somewhere in the vehicle, which is especially useful while living in the city if, for example, I want to run downtown for a cheap bite with friends, as parking in designated lots or ramps can cost upward of $5 or more.
A drawback with having access to immediate cash on hand: it can be much harder to keep track of since it is ridiculously easy to spend.
Admittedly there have been occasions where I’ve lost track and then scratched my head at the end of the day, wondering where the hell all my cash dwindled away to. Using vending machines during tediously long errands that tend to crop up (such as car oil changes) and the drive-thru for coffee are HUGE culprits here. Gulp.
Now I am a bit more mindful about guarding my cash and find it helpful to carry a bag, containing: my tablet, a notebook and pen, my current novel or magazine of choice, bottled water, a coffee mug, and some snacks to smother those dreaded munch-y pangs.
Is cash still king?
Do you find plastic more convenient and tend to swipe everything? Does cash vanish more easily because you feel a greater urge to spend down with it?
I am curious for a peek inside your wallet: how much cash do you regularly carry?