Do younger people pay with folding money only?
August 30, 2006 3:20 PM Subscribe
Have you noticed a link between a person's age and whether he/she pays for purchases with exact change?
posted by wryly to Society & Culture (77 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Recently, when paying for a purchase that totaled $15.10, I handed over a twenty-dollar bill and a dime. The proprietor, a friendly and pleasant guy, joked, "You're too young to be paying with exact change." This led to a discussion of what "exact change" really means, reasons why a person might want to add the dime, and so forth. All in all, a nice way to waste eight minutes.
I rarely pay in cash, but when I do I often manipulate my change -- for various reasons: to get quarters for parking meters, to get rid of coins/ avoid getting a lot of new ones, to get rid of singles or to get more, depending on my needs.
I'm almost 50 years old, by the way. I remember when a candy bar cost a nickel, but I don't think that really has anything to do with the denominations of coins and bills with which I choose to pay. Or.... does it....?