Minor Money Management Epiphany

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.

5 Responses to “Minor Money Management Epiphany”

  1. Nathan Says:

    I think that was more like one of those “slap yourself in the forehead and say D’oh!” kinda moments.

  2. Jeri Says:

    Well, yes, the line between epiphany and “D’oh!” is kind of a blurry one. :D

  3. Ilya Says:

    I’m going to admit being an ignoramus when it comes to the notion of “cash back at the grocery store”, but I got the gist. Unfortunately for me, my teenage daughter, when faced with my empty wallet, would sweetly ask “Can we walk to the ATM on the corner, Daddy, please?” You guess what happens next.

  4. Bryan Says:

    I’ve almost quit carrying cash, because when I have it, I spend more on inconsequential crap.

  5. Michelle K Says:

    I carry cash and Michael doesn’t.

    I buy lunch every day at work, because the cafeteria food is pretty good, pretty healthy, and really cheap. (My lunch: entree, vegetable, milk, sometimes cookie) usually costs under $5.)

    Michael ends up buying soda and candy. :)

    Since I never go anywhere, having cash in my pocket doesn’t matter. And the cats don’t hit me up for money.