How much cash is in your wallet or purse right now?

@TheHorse (52900)
Pleasant Hill, California
June 2, 2017 9:40am CST
Because I pay for almost everything everything by credit card (I get cash back), I don't carry much cash around. Sometimes my BBQ place is cash only (their machine tends to go down), so on an average day, I have about $25 in cash in my wallet. But I haven't made it to the bank since our gig last weekend for which I was paid $167, so I have about $200 in my wallet right now. The bank is near my work, so I hope to make it over there later today, but I've been too busy up until now. How much cash do you usually carry? Do you get paid in cash for some of your work? Do you have a "norm," like I do? For how long do you deviate from that norm? I've had this gig money in my wallet for almost a week.
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@pgntwo (21757)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
2 Jun
Oh, around £15 (Pounds) and €15 or €20 (euro) notes. Living so close to a border, it is handy to carry both currencies.
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@TheHorse (52900)
• Pleasant Hill, California
2 Jun
Got it. What's the exchange right now. I think of Euros as close to a dollar, maybe two. Same order of magnitude.
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@pgntwo (21757)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
2 Jun
@TheHorse £1 is $1.29, €1 is $1.13. Most shops in the area this side of the border accept the euro, at about £0.84 per €, although your mileage may vary.
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@TheHorse (52900)
• Pleasant Hill, California
2 Jun
@pgntwo So I'm not THAT far off if I think 1 = 1 overall.
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• Lakewood, Colorado
2 Jun
No cash in my purse or wallet. Where I am going today, it is best not to carry it. Even if I had some.
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@TheHorse (52900)
• Pleasant Hill, California
2 Jun
Where are you going? That was my thought when I worked in Oakland, though I was never successfully mugged there.
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@ptrikha_2 (5787)
• India
3 Jun
@TheHorse We had some cases where people were asked to share their debit or Atm cards' pin at gunpoint, and the victims had to do so to save their lives. So criminals are also getting smarter and more tech-savy.
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@vandana7 (57518)
• India
3 Jun
@TheHorse .. Never successfully mugged meaning you were mugged? Shocked
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@just4him (92365)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
2 Jun
I'm not sure how much I have in my wallet at the moment, but less than $15. I rarely use cash so it will be there for a while.
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@TheHorse (52900)
• Pleasant Hill, California
2 Jun
Me too. Even my $5 coffee and croissant this morning was bought with a credit card.
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@vandana7 (57518)
• India
3 Jun
@TheHorse ..Tech savvy folks...smh
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@TheHorse (52900)
• Pleasant Hill, California
3 Jun
@vandana7 You know just how "tech savvy" I am. I went to the mall looking for an "app store" and couldn't find one.
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@LadyDuck (122389)
• Switzerland
2 Jun
I pay almost everything using my credit card, but I always bring some cash with me, about 150 Swiss Francs (155$) and 50 €, as I am very close to the border and if I want to cross the border and buy something I do not need to change.
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@TheHorse (52900)
• Pleasant Hill, California
2 Jun
A bit more than I generally carry, but in the same ballpark.
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@LadyDuck (122389)
• Switzerland
3 Jun
@TheHorse I do not like to have too much with me, but I do not like to be without money, you never know.
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@vandana7 (57518)
• India
3 Jun
Phew Anna...there is a reason Pony asked that...he wanted to know where to send the muggers and get his share for that information.
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@Asylum (47319)
• Manchester, England
2 Jun
I rarely carry a lot of cash around. My usual routine is to draw £100 a time from the cash machine and replace it once the amount becomes low.
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@TheHorse (52900)
• Pleasant Hill, California
2 Jun
Do you use a credit card as well?
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@Asylum (47319)
• Manchester, England
3 Jun
@TheHorse I only use a credit card for either large items or online purchases.
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@vandana7 (57518)
• India
3 Jun
That must be depending upon cost of living I suppose..
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@Corbin5 (81924)
• United States
2 Jun
I usually carry $40 to $50 in my wallet. No cash payments since TRS checks are direct deposit. I usually do not deviate from the norm regarding the amount of cash I have on me.
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@TheHorse (52900)
• Pleasant Hill, California
2 Jun
Mine only deviates when I get paid for speaker work (always cash) or a music gig. Then I try to find a B of A as soon as possible.
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@vandana7 (57518)
• India
3 Jun
I too carry about that much...hey Deborah..we have something in common..:) How are you doing? :)
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@Corbin5 (81924)
• United States
3 Jun
@vandana7 I am good, my friend. Hope you are doing well too!!!!
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• United States
2 Jun
I don't often have cash unless a holiday or I'm going to go somewhere and visit the bank. I don't have my wallet on me right now but I have a couple of bucks. I pay everything with debit or credit also.
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@TheHorse (52900)
• Pleasant Hill, California
2 Jun
Yep, credit rules.
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• United States
4 Jun
@TheHorse and I love the cash back! It adds up
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• United States
2 Jun
That is a very personal question - more personal than asking how old I am or how much I weigh. I wouldn't tell anyone how much cash I have in my wallet, if I have any - that's my business...not even my husband knows.
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@TheHorse (52900)
• Pleasant Hill, California
2 Jun
Feh. I won't be encountering you on the street any time soon. By the way, is it true that you wear Wonder Woman underwear?
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• United States
2 Jun
@TheHorse I guess that's something else I don't talk about! And undies doesn't make a woman a wonder woman.
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@TheHorse (52900)
• Pleasant Hill, California
3 Jun
@AbbyGreenhill Heh heh. I'll have to think of other invasive questions to ask!
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@amadeo (48105)
• United States
2 Jun
I have one hundred and twenty five in my wallet.I very seldom use my credit card.
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@TheHorse (52900)
• Pleasant Hill, California
2 Jun
How come? I get cash back on mine. I feel like I'm getting everything at a discount.
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@vandana7 (57518)
• India
3 Jun
My kinda person...
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@vandana7 (57518)
• India
3 Jun
@TheHorse .. Not sure how you get everything at a discount...I mean credit card companies have to run their offices right, and systems...they need to charge you for those services...unless they have hiked the prices upfront..
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@garymarsh6 (12184)
• United Kingdom
3 Jun
I rarely carry cash but at the moment I have quite a bit in my wallet due to my birthday last week when I was given cash and a £50 shop gift card. I generally use my bank card to pay for things. I try not to have too much on me if I can help it. I have an oyster card to pay for bus fares. This is topped up automatically when it drops below £20. Mostly less than £50 = $64 will be in my wallet at anytime!
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@vandana7 (57518)
• India
3 Jun
Belated birthday greetings...so...you are Gemini...hmmm date..if you don't mind. :) Is bank card not same as credit card? And what are oyster cards..blink.
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@garymarsh6 (12184)
• United Kingdom
3 Jun
@vandana7 HI there how are you? No I am a Taurean. A debit card just takes money out of your bank card whereas a credit card charges you interest if you do not repay it when you get a bill. An oyster card is a card that you can use on the buses, tubes and trains in London. You load the card up with money as no bus drivers take money now. When you get on you touch a register point on the bus. On the tube you touch it as you go in and have to touch it again as you go out otherwise you will be charged more for your journey.
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@vandana7 (57518)
• India
3 Jun
@garymarsh6 ...Oh ok.....yeah..so bank card is equal to debit card...ok..got it. Oyster card is nice...really nice...I wonder if we will have anything like that in India..during my lifetime. lol
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@celticeagle (114492)
• Boise, Idaho
3 Jun
I never carry cash. I haven't for many years now. I have a debit card. I rarely see green backs anymore.
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@TheHorse (52900)
• Pleasant Hill, California
6 Jun
I finally deposited my gig cash--down in Santa Barbara.
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@celticeagle (114492)
• Boise, Idaho
6 Jun
@TheHorse ......Nice to have it to deposit.
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@TheHorse (52900)
• Pleasant Hill, California
7 Jun
@celticeagle Yes! We don't get paid much for any particular gig. The joke among musicians is "There's tens of dollars to be made out there playing music!" But it adds up after a few gigs, which is good.
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@skysnap (17580)
2 Jun
I have 189$ right now. Local currency not in dollar but close. I usually only carry 50$ but this time kept more for emergency.
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@TheHorse (52900)
• Pleasant Hill, California
3 Jun
I'd be looking for a bank if I had that much on me.
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@writerjo (1320)
• India
3 Jun
I carried 50 INR.. today morning.. Spent fifty..
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@TheHorse (52900)
• Pleasant Hill, California
3 Jun
How much can that buy? I think I carry enough for two decent meals.
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@ptrikha_2 (5787)
• India
5 Jun
@TheHorse INR 50 can buy a lunch but at certain eating places only- else one needs 200 to 300 for a lunch at more sophisticated places. Or one can buy around 2 Litres of Milk with that amount. Or 3 to 4 Kgs of potatoes.
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@ptrikha_2 (5787)
• India
6 Jun
@writerjo Which milk brand you buy? Amul /Mother dairy or some other?
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@ptrikha_2 (5787)
• India
3 Jun
There was a time till 7 to 8 years back when we had less options for electronic payments I used to carry 3000 to 5000 Indian Rupees. But now I mostly have 500 to 1000 rupees, except if there is a special need. Otherwise I use cards or other electronic means of paying. And in days of demonetization I sometimes had just 1 to 10 rupees in cash!
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@vandana7 (57518)
• India
3 Jun
Aw...demonetization days were bad...possibly like days after world war II. lol. Kidding...but I still carry around 4000 - 5000 bucks...just in case I am lost and can't return home in time.
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@ptrikha_2 (5787)
• India
5 Jun
@vandana7 Well keeping more cash is needed if we are traveling somewhere by train or flight. Else, keeping this much cash can sometimes be a safety risk, as robbers abound these days- and I am more worried about more well off families' born robbers- many even have their cars and flashy bikes but rob or kill people for more easy money. So plastic money is still a bit safer option. And we can block the card if we lose one in some time.
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@ptrikha_2 (5787)
• India
6 Jun
@vandana7 and yes demonetization''s implementation was very unplanned and shoddy. I know it could not have been planned. However the individual banks did not cooperate with RBI. Some banks like Kotak Mahindra, IndusInd etc had token systems and managed in a better way. However some corrupt bank people favored more rich people and got kickbacks too. Some got caught but I think many escaped
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@RubyHawk (21393)
• Atlanta, Georgia
4 Jun
I never carry cash. I use a credit card for everything and have only one bill to pay each month.
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@TheHorse (52900)
• Pleasant Hill, California
6 Jun
What if you wind up at a cash only venue?
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@RubyHawk (21393)
• Atlanta, Georgia
7 Jun
@TheHorse I would withdraw money if it was necessary.
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@TheHorse (52900)
• Pleasant Hill, California
8 Jun
@RubyHawk Got it. I sometimes go for weeks without reaching for my cash.
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@rebelann (32438)
• El Paso, Texas
3 Jun
I think I have some pennies in a dillybob in the car but otherwise I don't carry cash.
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@TheHorse (52900)
• Pleasant Hill, California
25 Nov
Do you use a credit or debit card for your purchases?
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@rebelann (32438)
• El Paso, Texas
25 Nov
Credit cards @TheHorse that way if there's a fraudulent charge put is put on one they will not charge me. It's not so easy to use stolen credit cards anymore, if the owner is smart enough to keep close tabs on card usage.
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@TheHorse (52900)
• Pleasant Hill, California
25 Nov
@rebelann I don't think I've had any incidents yet. Now, some stores around here are having us enter that little three-digit code on the back of the card. I guess that makes it harder for someone to steal card info--I'm not sure.
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@luispas (1779)
• Venezuela
3 Jun
I rather to keep it in secret hahaha but truly I never have so much, just for eat or hang with my friends
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@TheHorse (52900)
• Pleasant Hill, California
3 Jun
I'd say that's my strategy as well.
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@luispas (1779)
• Venezuela
3 Jun
@TheHorse I don't think it's an strategy haha because if I had more money maybe I'll carry it with me
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@TheHorse (52900)
• Pleasant Hill, California
3 Jun
@luispas In the Bay Area, I'd be scared to carry too much around.
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@JustBhem (22599)
• Davao, Philippines
2 Jun
Well, I don't have a credit card anymore. I used to have when I was still working though. But now, I only use cash, and I only have 250 pesos or $5 in my wallet. Lol.
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@TheHorse (52900)
• Pleasant Hill, California
2 Jun
250 pesos can get you more in the Philippines than it can here in the US!
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@JustBhem (22599)
• Davao, Philippines
3 Jun
@TheHorse Yes, you can buy a buy one take one burger with that here. Lol.
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@TheHorse (52900)
• Pleasant Hill, California
7 Jun
@JustBhem You're making me hungry.
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@Sweetyt05 (490)
• Ranchi, India
3 Jun
I use my card for shopping but still I generally keep 1000 to 1500 in my purse
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@TheHorse (52900)
• Pleasant Hill, California
6 Jun
Fifteen hundred dollars???
• Ranchi, India
6 Jun
@TheHorse Rupees
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@TheHorse (52900)
• Pleasant Hill, California
6 Jun
@Sweetyt05 Heh. I knew that. How many rupees make a US dollar (approximately)?
@lovebuglena (3160)
• United States
4 Jun
I prefer to pay with a credit card, no matter how small the amount is, so usually not much cash in my wallet. And if I have lots of cash (which is rare) I still pay with a credit card. Easier and faster checkout.
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@TheHorse (52900)
• Pleasant Hill, California
25 Nov
Yep. Me too. Plus my credit card gives me a bit of cash back. So I'm always buying at a slight "discount."
• United States
26 Nov
@TheHorse I get 1.5% cash back on mine. I have quick silver from capital one.
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@TheHorse (52900)
• Pleasant Hill, California
26 Nov
@lovebuglena A good reason to buy with a credit card.
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