Here’s the latest in my contributions to Lemondrop
(the all-things site for women’s lifestyles and issues):
or, how a cash-only lifestyle can save you hundreds, in weeks.
Remember cash? That green, waxy paper stuff that features one of several dead presidents or Ben Franklin?
Well, for upwards of four years, I didn’t. Never carried it. Never used it. Couldn’t tell you which guy went with which dollar amount. My preferred currency was plastic and like most of us slaves to the magnetic strip, I swiped with reckless abandon.
Sure, I applied my version of mental checkbook balancing to each purchase, but come the end of the month my numbers never quite subtracted up.
I was in need of serious spending self-help — a solution that would remind me of the value of the almighty dollar and stop me from swiping without thinking.
And so I went to the halls of self-improvement (the third floor of the local Barnes and Noble) and sought out the advice of the fiercest financial contributor to any morning news program. A woman who would have made Mr. Potter feel like a spendthrift. A woman who lives and breathes efficiency from the tips of her toes to the top of her haircut. The one and only Suze Orman.