By Kate Hitt October 22, 2018 – 12:56:12When I first moved to my first job, I bought my first pair of shoes for my new boss.
He asked me to put a dollar amount in my check for the shoes, and I said yes, but only to pay for them in cash.
I had no idea what that meant.
And then, about four years later, I finally got a job with a company that offered a cash-only cash-and-carry option.
And, after a few months, I started getting paid.
My first purchase was a pair of socks for my boss.
At first, I was reluctant to accept a $50 gift card for them, because I thought it was an unusual, but acceptable, payment option.
But after I asked about the money in my account, I learned that it was a $1,000 gift card, which meant I could receive any purchase for that amount at no additional cost to the company.
(I’m not sure why I didn’t ask about the cash portion, since I didn, too.)
I never thought much about it.
After a few weeks, I began to realize that I didn “give” cash.
As I was working and commuting to and from work, I never made any cash purchases.
(Though, I had recently been working a full-time job, so I could earn that money.
In retrospect, I should have asked about it.)
So why didn’t I ask about this gift card?
I thought of it as my “money.”
I had to earn money to pay the bills and buy groceries and other basic necessities, and it seemed like a reasonable way to do that.
But it was also very different from giving a cash gift card to a friend, family member, or coworker.
The cash option was convenient, but it didn’t change anything about how I thought about money.
I didn’t know that it meant I’d have to spend less money on purchases.
It didn’t tell me that I could save more money by using that cash instead. I didn