Originally Posted by CJOttawa
I see the issue as "access to funds", not so much "access to cash."
There are small businesses around that accept PayPal or other forms of payment.
Interac Electronic Funds Transfers are available here in Canada - sort of like a debit transaction but between email addresses.
There are just so many ways to move money around, I don't carry cash at all.
Remember these? http://creditcardsupplies.co/wp-cont...cimprinter.png
When I worked retail in high-school, we had one of those and used it all the time. Every cashier seems to still have one under their cash register.
We have enough food to last a few weeks. The car is fueled up so if we need to we can drive several hours away, if needed.
I've seen those card slider press things (no idea what they are actually called, but have seen them used many times) tucked away at several checkout lanes. I'm only slightly put off by the fact that I have been in places trying to check out when they lose their connection to verify transactions. Even though the devices are there, guess how many cashiers and managers knew how to use them?