How much cash do you carry around?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by crazycat, Oct 16, 2007.

  1. crazycat macrumors 65816

    crazycat

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2005
    #1
    It is interesting how much cash you carry around, one of my friends does not carry more then $10 ever, while others carry nothing but cash.

    I tend to use my credit cards for any purchase over $150 and use cash for stuff that are below. If i go to a restaurant i carry cash for tips but pay with my card.

    If this seems to be a to personal i apologize from now on, its just that i always wonder.
     
  2. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

    QuarterSwede

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2005
    Location:
    Colorado Springs, CO
    #2
    None. I abhor change, just a personal preference of mine.

    I use my check card for everything unless my wife and I decide it needs to go on the credit card (only large purchases ... renting a car requires one, etc.) and then we pay that off before the interest kicks in.
     
  3. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

    xUKHCx

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2006
    Location:
    The Kop
    #3
    anywhere up to £200 but in most cases £40.

    In my old job i had to walk around carrying £5000+ in nothing more than a plastic bag
     
  4. psychofreak Retired

    psychofreak

    Joined:
    May 16, 2006
    Location:
    London
    #4
    Between £10 and £30...never more unless I have something specific I need to buy which costs more :)
     
  5. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

    Jaffa Cake

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2004
    Location:
    The City of Culture, Englandshire
    #5
    Generally I'll have £10-£20 (about $20-$40) on me, if I'm off to the pub or the football I'll have a little more so I can get a drink or two in.

    Anything more than that and I'll use my debit card – my credit card only tends to come out for buying stuff online.
     
  6. miniConvert macrumors 68040

    miniConvert

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2006
    Location:
    Kent, UK - the 'Garden of England'.
    #6
    Around £200, unless I'm deliberately carrying more to make a specific purchase with cash.
     
  7. adroit macrumors 6502

    adroit

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2005
    Location:
    Victoria, BC
    #7
    usually none, unless I need to go somewhere that only accept cash.

    I always use credit card (even for a cup of coffee) and pay off the full amount. I don't like coins and this way I also get 2% cash back :)
     
  8. ellyr macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Oct 12, 2007
    Location:
    Sydney, Australia
    #8
    I also prefer not to carry too much cash with me, anything more than $50 makes me nervous. It's not like I've ever been jumped on but I'm very good at misplacing money :rolleyes:

    I have two credit cards, one I use for groceries, fuel and everyday things that I try to pay off before the interest free period is up and the other for the expensive things in life (like the Adobe CS3 and iMac I just purchased).
     
  9. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2004
    #9
    usually none.
    if i need cash i'll go to the atm quick.
     
  10. sushi Moderator emeritus

    sushi

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2002
    Location:
    キャンプスワ&#
    #10
    Pay for most things via credit card -- then pay that one bill at the end of the month.

    However, since Japan is more of a cash society than the states, I usually carry about 10,000 to 20,000 yen ($100 - $200) in my pocket just in case they won't accept a credit card.
     
  11. iRachel macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2005
    Location:
    The Soybean Captial of the World
    #11
    Usually very little - if I have it, I tend to spend it. Under $10, always, unless I'm carrying cash to buy something specific at a place that doesn't take credit cards or checks.
     
  12. valdore macrumors 65816

    valdore

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2007
    Location:
    Kansas City, Missouri. USA
    #12
    I'm too lazy to go to the ATM or bank and get cash.
     
  13. psycoswimmer macrumors 65816

    psycoswimmer

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2006
    Location:
    USA
    #13
    Not enough. ;)

    But usually no more than $25 dollars, maybe $50 if I'm going to the mall or some other place.
     
  14. MattG macrumors 68040

    MattG

    Joined:
    May 27, 2003
    Location:
    Fletcher, NC
    #14
    Between $0 and $20, for little stuff (coffee, etc.). I figure what's the point? Everyone takes Visa, so why bother carrying around cash. If I lose or have my wallet stolen, I call and cancel my cards. If I lose a wallet full of cash, my money's gone.
     
  15. jaydub macrumors 6502a

    jaydub

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2006
    #15
    Usually none, which is a pain in the ass sometimes because my girlfriend ALWAYS carries cash, so she usually beats me to the cash register while I fumble about looking for my debit card.

    I should really carry a few bucks, but I always blow it if I have it.
     
  16. crazycat thread starter macrumors 65816

    crazycat

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2005
    #16
    Funny story (please dont laugh at me a lot)

    When i was in Boston for a summer corse i went on a date with this nice woman, we went to the movies. We sat beside some people who talked a lot, we decided to move so we did. 20 mins passed and when i put my hands in my pocket my wallet was not there, i had around $200, 3 credit cards, my driving license, my school id and cards pin codes. I freaked out, you see i am not from the US and it would take 2 weeks to get replacements to me and it will cause a lot of pain. I wish i could see myself running in the theater looking for my wallet not noticing it was in my jacket pocket (on the chain) the whole time.

    It did not work out between me and that girl, i think she seeing a grown man running in the theater then going on his hands and knee's looking for his wallet not a turn on.

    From that day i use cards more often then cash and i always keep a backup card just in case.
     
  17. rdowns macrumors Penryn

    rdowns

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2003
    #17
    Usually carry around 100-$200 but use my debit card for most everything.
     
  18. Nermal Moderator

    Nermal

    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2002
    Location:
    New Zealand
    #18
    I normally use my card, but carry $40-$60 just in case (eg. I once filled the car with petrol then my card got declined, so the cash was a lifesaver!)
     
  19. MacNut macrumors Core

    MacNut

    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2002
    Location:
    CT
  20. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2006
    #20
    0-30 is pretty much all I really carry in my wallet. When it hit zero I go with out it for a while and on my next trip to the grocery store I get 20-30 bucks cash back. I have found I aways need like 2-3 bucks when ever I do not have any cash.
    I use my cards for almost everything. It very nice when everyone takes credit/check cards. Plastic is just so much easier to pay with.
     
  21. Dagless macrumors Core

    Dagless

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2005
    Location:
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    #21
    In my studenty ways I carry around little money. Probably up to £5 in £1 coins, jingeling around my Wee Bee bag. Card seems to do everything these days so I stick with that.
     
  22. crazycat thread starter macrumors 65816

    crazycat

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2005
    #22
    Is a check card the same thing as a debit card?
     
  23. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

    mkrishnan

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2004
    Location:
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    #23
    I carry typically about $40-60 unless I have specific plans needing cash -- I usually withdraw $100 at a time. Mostly I use cash for espresso drinks in the morning and stuff at the hospital cafeteria.
     
  24. skunk macrumors G4

    skunk

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2002
    Location:
    Republic of Ukistan
    #24
    Being in the building trade, usually £200-£2,000, depending on whether it's Friday or not...
     
  25. Leareth macrumors 68000

    Leareth

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2004
    Location:
    Vancouver
    #25
    $5-$20 for coffee and snacks, everything else on debit card.

    Some places like the Farmer's Market do not take debit so those days I might have $30-$50
     

Share This Page