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It's Not Free Money

Updated on November 3, 2011

Money, Money, Money

Recently while watching the news I carefully listened to a reporter caution his audience about the pitfall of incurring debt, specifically by young Americans each year. We are working harder and paying more in interest now than ever before.

How can that be? Many quickly blame the economy but we have had other bad economies over the past decades. Surely we were no smarter then than we are now so what else could it be? I believe the real difference between then and now is the amount of disposable cash we have available.

One contributing factor is that cash seems to be more readily available now as opposed to say 30 years ago. Today you can access, via ATM, your money, or borrow other peoples money, 24 hours a day 7 days a week at numerous locations throughout the country. Anywhere from grocery stores to donut shops! Running low on cash while shopping? No problem, not only will most retailers gladly accept your credit or debit card but they will cheerfully offer you more cash back.

I often find myself with little or no cash and yet have no anxiety about it. There is no longer the need to run to the bank by 3PM closing. Do you remember a time, before banks were open 7 days a week, when you had to stretch your cash over the weekend!

Perhaps this is exactly where the problem lies! Could it be that we have become too lax in our skills when it comes to saving and spending? Does “plastic” money transaction register the same value in our minds as the folded bill?

Unfortunately it does not stop there. Electronic Fund Transfers (EFT), while convenient, can pose an added risk when it comes to balancing that check book or controlling the flow of your cash. Remember when you had to make sure you had enough funds to cover the check? Now with EFT's, it's money in - money out with no hassles. That is until it is time to pay those exorbitant interest rates!

It is quite possible that the computer, with its many advancements over the years, has somehow weakened us financially by providing a false sense of security when dealing with our money, or worse yet, other peoples money.

Today or Yesterday

Do you think ATM's and today's electronic age have hurt our savviness when it comes to managing our money?

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    • Brandon Spaulding profile image

      Brandon Spaulding 6 years ago from Yahoo, Contributor

      I agree people need to work on self discipline in how they handle their money. Putting savings as your number one priority and setting goals for savings based on positive and negative reinforcement can be a good way to strengthen savings discipline. I voted your article up. Thanks for your thoughts Kevin.

    • KevinC9998 profile image

      KevinC9998 6 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by! Come on back now!

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      hungrymouse 6 years ago from North America

      The pole says 100% yes and got my vote.

    • Deborah-Diane profile image

      Deborah-Diane 6 years ago from Orange County, California

      I agree that going into debt for ANYTHING can be a very serious problem. Many people in this country have gotten into trouble because of debt. In fact, our local, state and federal government have also gotten into trouble because of debt.

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      Hound Cat 6 years ago from Los Angeles area of Southern California USA

      Easy access to incur debt has been a problem for people like myself for several years. Debit cards can be worse for people than credit cards. I just exercise restraint as well as possible.

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      mohin28 6 years ago from London

      nice hub.

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      Twila Nelson 6 years ago from Carmichael, California

      Thank you for a thought provoking Hub and a reality check for my family, anyway.