Raise your hand if you are currently in the US! YOU! I have a question for you. Do you have any cash? Right now. How much? If somebody had asked me those questions 2 weeks ago, my answer would have been .. huh, what? cash…like green money? Oh .. I didn’t realize they still made that stuff … Hold on, I think my kids might have some. Yep … $7.
In the states, you can go days and days without cash on hand. EVERYBODY takes plastic. And, lets be honest, those people/ businesses who don’t … they are probably all tax evaders. (or maybe 15 yr old babysitters — but they don’t count — we need them.) I try not to support those tax evaders. Mostly because I have yet to figure out a way to evade taxes myself … it’s not a moral conviction — just jealousy. Ok,Ok — I did support Randy’s sandwich shop in Monterey, but that’s different — those chicken salad sandwiches brought me joy….acutal joy.
It’s the opposite here. A few places take plastic, but mostly you need cash. It’s so frustrating. I need that online bank account to track my spending — cash doesn’t work well with online banking. I’m having a terrible time figuring out what we have and where it is and where it went and what is left. AHHHH!! I’m too type A for cash. What will I do? I haven’t figured that out yet. Boo.
I will say that cash does last a long time here. We exchanged $250 when we got here. That’s equal to around 1,450LE. Yep … thats a serious wad of cash peeps. Makes for one fat wallet. HA. The bills are in the same increments here …. 100’s, 50’s, 10’s, 5’s … 1 pound is a coin. I have learned that we need to carry more small bills for tips and things … and people like exact change here. But … we are still living off that same $250. We have used a card to eat out twice and once at the commissary. Everything else has been cash.
Have I mentioned things are different here? 🙂 I’m having a blast!