Cash Money - Page 2
As we went to the counter, I was explaining to my boys how you give the cashier your twenty dollar bill, and then he will give you change. I also explained that everyone gets a white piece of paper called a receipt and needs to keep it in a safe place in case they want to return their purchase.
The cashier gave us the total from the first purchase: $22.50. Oops. I covertly slipped him my bank card as I whispered “Just charge the remainder.” Second purchase comes up: $20.87. Double oops. Again, I gave the man my bank card (since cool moms never carry cash…or they already spent it at Starbucks) and said “Looks like we don’t need any change today!”.
My kids had not forgotten the all-important receipts and held on to them for dear life as we walked across the parking lot. “I don’t like my toys and want to return them with my receipt” said my oldest son. At least someone gets an A+ today.
Money managing has never been my strong suit, but apparently math isn’t either. As my dad says, “It’s like the blind leading the blind.” Maybe next time I’ll have a coupon.
This is an original Deep South Moms post. Carrie Faith blogs irregularly at www.whoiwasbefore.com