Losing Face: How to Live Without Cash

Miss Thrifty6 July 19, 2009

Over at his Losing Face blog, James continues to document his life without cash. If you are unfamiliar with his story: James “gave up” on cash for a drunken bet. More than eighteen months later, armed with his trusty Visa card, he is still going strong – and the dare has become a way of life.

From what I can gather, the PR bods at Visa were practically beside themselves when they found out about him. So they asked him to make this video for them. It’s a rather nifty “public service announcement” for cashless living, with plenty of good tips, pointers and ideas.

As James notes in the vid: “Living without cash made me realise just how much there is to do without spending a single penny”.

I second that. I rarely carry cash – and save a ton. But the reason for this is that my pockets are as holey as Swiss cheese. Other personal finance bloggers recommend a cash-filled wallet, so that you can keep tabs on your spending and avoid busting your budget. Me? When I have coins and notes, I just fritter them. Or embarrass myself at the supermarket.

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6 Responses to “Losing Face: How to Live Without Cash

Holly says:

Thanks for posting this – I’ve been trying to remember the name of that blog for ages!

July 20, 2009 at 5:54 am

I have started carrying around a £50 note as my thinking is that I won’t want to break into because I will too embarrassed offering this to my local newsagent or late shop and for things like milk, newspapers, etc I have been using change that I find around the house and if nothing else, it’s given me a much better appreciation of cash!

July 20, 2009 at 10:23 am

apieceofwood says:

It’s strange. I’ve stopped using my cards and carrying cash and have saved so much money that way. I spend the least I have in months now.. Thanks for the link

July 20, 2009 at 6:28 pm

mhairi says:

i’m good with cards and bad with cash!

July 21, 2009 at 12:05 pm

Ryetta says:

I have found that when I carry my cash, I actually get to see what I am spending. And it scared me, and totally change my life. Thanks

August 9, 2009 at 6:57 pm

Scott says:

The idea of this is fantastic, and I’d love to be able to give it a go but I don’t think I have the willpower! Of course, this has nothing to do with the fact that my local pub only takes cash…

September 17, 2010 at 4:15 pm

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