Do you always pay the exact change?

Malaysia
November 26, 2017 1:04am CST
I'm the type that isn't very particular about paying the exact change at the counter when I buy stuff, unless I have to. So if I see $10.37 displayed on the cash register I'd just pay $11. I know some people like to rake their coins out to pay the exact amount to the cashier. My mother often does that too, although luckily she has managed not to annoy any customers waiting behind her. Or the cashier, for that matter. What about you? Are you more like me or do you dig through your purse or wallet to make sure you pay the exact change?
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@LadyDuck (122430)
• Switzerland
26 Nov
It depends on the situation, if I see the amount of $10.50 I pay the exact change not to have back coins. Most of the time I pay with credit card and I forget about cash, it's so much easier and you do not make people waiting while you count he money.
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• Malaysia
26 Nov
I don't use credit card but I do use the debit card sometimes. I find it very convenient too, but I've also experienced having to wait because of some technical issues with the card reader, etc. although that doesn't happen very often.
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@LadyDuck (122430)
• Switzerland
26 Nov
@cahaya1983 We never had issues with the card reader, it's quick and easy and we are not obliged to touch money, that is something very dirty.
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• Malaysia
26 Nov
@LadyDuck Yes that's one disadvantage of handling cash. Plus for debit/credit cards now there's the PayWave contactless payment method so you don't have to even swipe your card. I think for Mastercard it's called PayPass.
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@yanzalong (8889)
• Indonesia
26 Nov
Its not easy to find exact change sometimes.
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• Malaysia
26 Nov
Some people keep coins inside a coin purse so it will be easier to find them.
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@jstory07 (57993)
• Roseburg, Oregon
26 Nov
I use my debit card for all purposes.
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• Malaysia
26 Nov
Debit card is very convenient. I only use it when I buy a lot of things, otherwise I prefer to pay with cash.
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@ilocosboy (33300)
• Philippines
26 Nov
I'm not really giving importance to it but my friend is complaining about these centavos. In grocery, for example 50 centavos was not given to 1,000 costumers, well that is already 50 pesos, but how about 10,000 costumers going to the grocery stores, well, that is getting bigger. Its so happen some grocery stores are not giving the centavos and rounded it off.
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• Malaysia
26 Nov
I'm not sure I understand that. What do you mean the stores give the centavos to customers? Or do you mean they accept them from customers?
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@ilocosboy (33300)
• Philippines
26 Nov
The store is not giving the right amount of change, for example the total amount of purchased goods is 99.50, you will give 500 and they will just give you 400 as change.
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• Malaysia
26 Nov
@ilocosboy Oh okay got it. Yeah for very small amounts it may not seem much but if that happens to every customer then they could earn quite a lot. Seems unfair to me.
@Hannihar (13027)
26 Nov
When I go to the grocery store I try to pay the exact change because if they do not have it they have to go to the main counter to get change.
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• Malaysia
26 Nov
Yes, sometimes the cashier would ask if I have change. In that case I would give with the exact change if I have enough.
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@Hannihar (13027)
26 Nov
@cahaya1983 If it is cashier I like I like to help out if I can or a place I want to help out and I have the exact change I will give it to them. They really appreciate it.
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• Malaysia
26 Nov
@Hannihar Yes, plus if I make the cashier leave the counter to find the change I don't think the other customers waiting behind me would be too happy.
@Shavkat (47327)
• Philippines
26 Nov
If I have enough time, I do pay it for exact change.
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• Malaysia
26 Nov
That's good, not nice to keep the customers behind you waiting.
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@Shavkat (47327)
• Philippines
26 Nov
@cahaya1983 I agree. It can create a long line of waiting if ever.lol
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• Malaysia
26 Nov
@Shavkat True. You definitely wouldn't want to anger the people waiting in the line.
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@Madshadi (4928)
• Brussels, Belgium
26 Nov
I always pay with my bank card so it’s always the exact amount.
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• Malaysia
26 Nov
I only use debit card for higher amounts. If the amount is small I usually just pay cash.
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@Madshadi (4928)
• Brussels, Belgium
26 Nov
@cahaya1983 I almost never carry cash. Only when I need to pay for services such as car wash
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• Malaysia
26 Nov
@Madshadi Oh okay. Here in most parking lots in the buildings you have to pay at the autopay station and you can only pay by cash. So that's why I make sure to carry some cash with me.
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• United States
26 Nov
I like to take the change in throw in a pocket of my handbag, because there are always those moments, when I'm really broke, that the change can greatly help.
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• Malaysia
26 Nov
That's true, I'm surprised at how quick they accumulate in my coin box at home sometimes. It feels like they just keep breeding in there.
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@thewaher (27)
• Germany
26 Nov
I'm like you, I always round up to the first coin that I see. It annoys my mom so much because I'm always left with this bunch of smaller denomination coins. The other day she raked through all the coins to pay for something with only coppers to make sure it was the right amount and to get rid of some of the coins I accumulate.
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• Malaysia
26 Nov
Haha yeah I think my mom does that because she doesn't like keeping a huge bunch of 1 cent coins. I don't really mind because I'd just put the loose change inside my coin box at home.
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@YrNemo (8741)
27 Nov
Shopkeepers in European countries or the US, etc prefer the exact amount I think (or credit card). Saving them the time to give you back the change. Many shopkeepers don't own the stores, they only work there. Quite a lot of them are kids 16 YO or so. (The simpler the transaction, the better for them!)
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• Malaysia
28 Nov
Yeah, that makes sense. Here it doesn't really matter that much although shopkeepers and shop owners generally like it if customers pay the exact amount.
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@YrNemo (8741)
28 Nov
@cahaya1983 Some bus drivers I met while I was visiting some countries in South East Asia, had a sign on their buses, something like, 'please give the exact amount or forfeit your change.' I lost some money a few times using those buses.
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• Malaysia
28 Nov
@YrNemo Oh, sorry to hear that! I don't take the bus but can't remember seeing that sign on the buses here. I guess that's probably why a lot of buses have started with the prepaid card system, so passengers don't have to worry about not having small change to pay the fare.
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@dpk262006 (54812)
• Delhi, India
27 Nov
I am more or less like you. If I have to pay $10.37, I would prefer to pay $11, instead of finding out the exact change. Rarely would I pay the exact amount, that too when I have the change and I am in hurry.
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• Malaysia
27 Nov
Yeah I do that even when I'm not in a hurry.
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@dpk262006 (54812)
• Delhi, India
27 Nov
@cahaya1983 You mean to say whether you are in hurry or not, you won't pay the change or exact amount?
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• Malaysia
27 Nov
@dpk262006 I meant that even when I'm not in a hurry I still prefer to round up the amount, not pay with loose change.
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@yugocean (4653)
• India
28 Nov
You take the changes back or not?
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• Malaysia
28 Nov
Yes of course I do.
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@yugocean (4653)
• India
29 Nov
@cahaya1983 Better, we cannot leave money with no though about.
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• Malaysia
29 Nov
@yugocean There were a few a times that I just let them keep the change, but usually I do take them.
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@mohit459 (2985)
• Haldwani, India
26 Nov
I make sure to pay the exact amount!..
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• Malaysia
26 Nov
That's good, I only do that sometimes.
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@mohit459 (2985)
• Haldwani, India
26 Nov
@cahaya1983 that not good... You must not do it sometimes too
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• Malaysia
26 Nov
@mohit459 I carry too few coins to do it more often than sometimes.
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@kiran8 (15280)
• Mangalore, India
27 Nov
Here in my city we seem to have a perpetual problem with small change . I normally try to give out the exact amount if I have enough change . I save some for the bus charge because twice I have lost some money when the bus was filled to capacity and I couldn't locate the conductor who took a larger note and said he would give the change later , but I had to get off leaving the change with him. So now I keep putting all the change and smaller denomination notes into a different wallet
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• Malaysia
27 Nov
Oh that's definitely a good reason to keep small change with you. Did you ask for the change before getting off the bus, though? I wonder if they purposely "forget" to give the change to you.
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@kiran8 (15280)
• Mangalore, India
27 Nov
@cahaya1983 Normally I take the same bus but the conductors are working in shifts . I never got my change back because I quite forgot how he looked after a few days , so now very careful to give the exact change..like you say it could be deliberate knowing fully well that it is impossible to locate him once he sits at the back and the bus is full of people.
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• Malaysia
28 Nov
@kiran8 Yeah I can imagine the hassle of looking for the conductor when the bus is crowded. Some buses here use prepaid card system, so you can put money in the card and pay with it instead of cash.
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@DianneN (59793)
• United States
27 Nov
I always pay by credit card. lol
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• Malaysia
27 Nov
I don't use credit card, only debit. But for small purchases I just pay cash.
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@DianneN (59793)
• United States
1 Dec
@cahaya1983 I get airmiles and rewards just from using my card on things I would normally purchase with cash.
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• Malaysia
1 Dec
@DianneN That's awesome!
@1hopefulman (20395)
• Canada
27 Nov
If I have the change then i use it. If it's $10.37 then I'll give a ten dollar bill and the 37 cents if I have it, just to get rid of it. It doesn't really take me long to do that.
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• Malaysia
27 Nov
I have a separate pouch where I keep coins so it usually doesn't take long for me to take them out either.
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@1hopefulman (20395)
• Canada
27 Nov
@cahaya1983 I also keep all my change in a separate pouch.
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• Jacksonville, Florida
27 Nov
I like getting coins back because I save them. =) I don't usually worry about exact change.
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• Malaysia
27 Nov
Me too. I have a coin box at home so I'd toss all my loose change into the box. They pile up very quickly and sometimes I'm surprised how much I have in there in just a short time.
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• Jacksonville, Florida
27 Nov
@cahaya1983 I feel the same way, it's crazy how fast it adds up when your not paying attention to it. =)
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@FayeHazel (11810)
• United States
26 Nov
If it's an easy amount of if I'm broke, I will pay in exact change, otherwise the next dollar up
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• Malaysia
26 Nov
Yeah same here. I just don't like to carry a lot of coins with me.
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@FayeHazel (11810)
• United States
27 Nov
@cahaya1983 So true there gets heavy
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@just4him (92422)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
26 Nov
I use my debit card. I don't carry cash on me very often.
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• Malaysia
26 Nov
Debit card is convenient, yes. You don't have to worry about carrying a lot of cash.
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@just4him (92422)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
28 Nov
@cahaya1983 I don't like carrying cash, but it is good to have once in a while.
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@LoriAMoore (10121)
• United States
29 Nov
I try to whenever I have coins in my wallet.
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• Malaysia
29 Nov
I always keep some coins in case I need them, but I don't like carrying too many with me.
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