Cash Only: new pet peeve

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

About 2 months ago, Jonathan and I went to the cash only envelope system, a la Dave Ramsey. We each have our own envelope, one for groceries, one for dates, etc. It has worked very well for us so far. But that is not the point of this post.

This has been the first season of my life in a very long time when I have had cash on me at all times. Before this, I was 100% the "I-don't-have-any-cash-on-me" person (and it was true). I've used a credit card for $1.19 pack of gum before. It was that bad.

Thus, using cash as a sole form of currency has brought to my attention a new pet peeve that I hopefully have not habitually committed in my years of retail.

Does it bother you when cashiers place in your palm (from the bottom up):
-dollar bills

Because it gets on my last nerve. How can I possibly allocate each of those three things to the proper category of my wallet or purse in a semi-fluid or timely manner when they're placed in my hand this way? Especially if there's a line? I try to have the coin purse section unzipped and ready, but it's often just too cumbersome to try to slide in the dollar bills AND get the receipt in the bag, or at least out of my clammy hand, before the person behind me is ready to pay. It's just too much pressure! Ask me if I want my receipt in the bag first or something. And, it seems to be a new trend to be smug about it if you're able to count out the right change and get the receipt in one go-round. No ma'am.

You know what, come to think of it, I always give change first and then the receipt.

Does this bug anyone else? And a ba humbug to you too.
Just kidding



  1. Anonymous5:11 PM

    I don't blame you. I am the same way, because I am so clumsy with getting everything put in the right place. Nice pictures, by the way. I found your blog via Brooke's.

  2. Anonymous12:46 PM

    I am still a credit card girl, so I rarely have this problem. However, on the rare occasion that I have cash, it completely enfuriates me when it happens! I even offered my lovely opinion to the cashier once, but it didnt go quite as smoothly as I thought. Until it changes, I'm sticking with my card!

  3. Anonymous8:48 AM

    DISCLAIMER - We don't actually read or listen to any Dave Ramsey materials. I actually do not agree with many of his philosophies.

  4. I'm going to start doing the same thing with the envelopes! How's it working for you so far? Any tips?

  5. Oh, and yes, that gets on my nerves, too. Especially at the Wendy's drive thru. They get so aggravated that you're taking too long to put away your money.

  6. Hahaha. Yes, this is a huge annoyance, especially when you have a 27 pd kid on your hip and a purse and a kid bag and you can barely get your money out in the first place.

    This should be a part of cashier training everywhere.


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