Often, when I go to the grocery store, I get $40, $60, even $80 in cash back, depending on my anticipated cash outlay for the next week.
Within 24 to 48 hours, it’s usually entirely gone, handed over to one or both teen sons for some immediate need. When I reach for my cash, for a cup of coffee or a ferry fare, the wallet is empty.
Standing in line at the store today, it occurred to me that if I don’t have cash to give them, they get along just fine. So I tapped the “no” button for cash back, left with my cash reserves at zero, and will not be playing George Jetson with my wallet this week.