Cashless, Staying healthy

Why I’m going cashless.

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I went to the grocery store today to pick up a few items.  I had been using cash for grocery purchases, and today was no different.  However, in light of recent developments of the coronavirus epidemic, I’ve been keenly aware of various ways that I could pick up germs.  As I  watched the clerk wipe his nose with his hands, then hand me back my change, I realized that using cash was not the best way to avoid germs.   (I washed my hands and wiped down the cash with lysol wipes when I got home.  YUCK.)

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Then I started thinking {light bulb moment] …who handled the cash before he did?  How sanitary were they?  I’ll never know.  Then I googled ‘how clean is paper money’ and was disgusted with what I found.  Read this article and you will never use cash again.

I’ll be paying with plastic from now on.  No more paper money.  As long as I can track my spending with my awesome YNAB budget system, I will be just fine.

Do you use cash?





11 thoughts on “Why I’m going cashless.”

  1. I usually use a card, but I will get money from the bank or cash back when I use the card. If this gets worse, I will order to pickup or order online. Your post was a good reminder of how nasty money is. thanks.


  2. Sometimes- in fact I took out $500 yesterday because I’m doing the 52 week challenge and i will be gifting grandsons for Valentine’s Day. I don’t worry about germs though- it’s a rare day that I get sick and I figure I am not wearing gloves anytime soon. Now if someone is visibly sick in front of me, I do use common sense.


  3. I rarely use cash. Only when I go out to lunch or happy hour with friends do I try to have it on hand so we can easily split the bill but even then we often get separate checks because one or all of us didn’t have cash. I also try to keep some small bills on hand to participate in the office lottery pool – LOL!


  4. Never use cash – I get points on my credit card for free groceries so everything goes on the card.


  5. Interesting thought, Sharon, I use cash for groceries and hadn’t thought of that. I do always wash my hands right away when I get home from the grocery store. Especially this time of the year.


  6. Although I am old-fashioned and still use checks for some bills, I also don’t use cash much any more. Weeks go by without my using any cash. Having said that, I think the option should still be there, because there are people who are unbanked and people who don’t use cards for various reasons.


  7. In light of everything going on, extra precaution (washing hands often) should be taken. To be honest, I enjoy using cash, but love getting my cash back rewards using my card.


  8. Nan, good luck on the 52 week challenge! How fun! I like cash usage, I’m just trying to take precautions this time of year and in light of what is happening.


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