David Trinko: Not cashless, but certainly cashless


A few dollars for a haircut was all I needed.

Looking at the old wallet, I noticed it wasn’t enough.

Dad’s bank ran out of money – again.

For parents, there is something about fall that sucks all the money out of your pocket. It doesn’t matter if the bank has enough money. You will never have enough in your wallet.

Maybe it’s the various fees and needs that pop up at the start of the school year, projects in this class require five spots, and a new protractor costs a few dollars.

Maybe it’s a return to athletics. Twice a week, the second-graders play volleyball. She wants to have a light meal before the game. We want to see her, so we pay admission wherever she plays. If we were to bring other kids, especially our 7 year old, our future would be a trip to the kiosk. Several times I gave him a dollar to buy a quarter of a lollipop and he fell, but I only saw him come back with four unchanged suckers. We all know who the sucker is in this scenario.

Then you have all the donation opportunities for the class. If you want to wear jeans someday, you can pay that much. They are fundraising for an underwater basket weaving club. And there are always school T-shirts for kids to have.

All these micropayments will be discussed in cash.

Chatin. Chatin. Chatin.

I’m not going to complain that having children is expensive. My four daughters are my favorite investment. I am happy to spend the hard earned money on them. Hope not everything has to be in cash.

Despite the old-fashioned trend, I’ve always hated carrying cash. It’s not from experience because I wasn’t robbed. Over the years, I’ve realized that the more money you have, the more likely you are to spend it on something you don’t really need.

The world seems to be moving towards a cashless society, and I applaud. I remember being thrilled when the number of gas stations increased and I was able to pay with a pump because I was less likely to buy snacks and drinks at the store.

Recently, you’ve really heard about only allowing credit cards in sports. I attended a minor league baseball game a few months ago and the park was cashless. The only difference I noticed was that I didn’t have to give the drunken dollar bill to a vendor walking the aisle looking for another can of this delicious poison.

Cashless went to a local high school. Our family enjoys going to high school football games together. When we go through the gate, the teenagers go looking for friends, so it is more accurate to say in the same car. Regardless, many local schools have switched to online tickets. Glad to buy tickets in advance and get them on the right kid’s phone.

In fact, at our local school we were able to pre-purchase 10 tickets for various sporting events at a reduced price. It’s also great that you don’t have to hunt for an $ 8 ticket every time for every kid.

Not everyone has come to this point yet. It seems that few high school students do. Most stores still need cash. And my hairdresser always takes paper instead of plastic.

Fortunately, Daddy’s bank can still go to a local ATM and charge a small pickpocket for an extra week, receiving $ 1 at a time for hard-earned cash.

David Trinko is the editor of The Lima News. To reach him at 567-242-0467, by email [email protected] Or on Twitter @Lima_Trinko..


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