It’s no secret that around the world, we are using less cash as each day passes. Of course, there are many places where having physical money is still a necessity and the norm, but a lot of the modern world is getting rid of cash. In fact, Sweden is hoping to be completely cashless in the next few years.
So, why are we so against cash these days? Well, the fact is that it makes life a lot easier in many ways. Let’s take a closer look at some of them.
No More Heavy Change
For years now, a lot of currencies have moved toward paper money instead of loose change, but there are a few things that have always required those heavy coins. This could be the vending machines at hospitals or washing machines at the laundrette.
However, even these machines can now take card payments. There’s also an app that many laundry stores are using nowadays to pay with. You’ll likely see ‘get laundry app’ on the machines, you download it, and voila. Simple!
Deliveries Are Smoother
How frustrating was it when you order a pizza when you’re starving, and you don’t have the right change? You either have to stand at the door freezing in your robe while the delivery boy rummages around for change, or you end up giving a much bigger tip than you initially thought.
Nowadays, many apps exist where you can connect them to your card and pay for everything online. All you have to do at the door is to accept the food. This has made deliveries much faster and efficient.
Payments in Store Are Faster
When you go to a supermarket, the queues can take a while to go down when everyone’s paying in cash. Paying by card makes things go quickly, especially with the new contactless way of paying that takes about 1 second! You no longer have to stand at the checkout, waiting for the manager to bring over a bag of change to fill up the register.
Let’s be honest, who hasn’t sat at their laptop or phone in the evening and spent half their paycheck? Ok, it might encourage us to spend more, but the ease of not moving from the couch to buy a new outfit is incredible.
Many families also now have their weekly shopping set up with the grocery store. All they have to do is make sure they are home for the delivery. It saves a lot of time, and you don’t need to haul those heavy bags to the car and then the house.
Public Transport Is a Breeze
It was always a nightmare, running late to the station and your train’s about to leave, but you still need to buy your ticket! That rarely happens these days as you can either buy your ticket online beforehand and have it ready on your phone or simply scan your card as you walk through the gate and have the payment automatically taken from your account. It’s amazing!
This has helped us save a lot of time in the mornings and means we don’t have to stand in line for ages while the person in front discusses their whole week’s worth of journeys with the ticket guy.
Are There Any Disadvantages?
Even though it looks like paper money and coins will soon be on the way out, will everyone be happy about this? And is it even possible? As with anything in this world, there are a few disadvantages that we have seen. Here are the most prominent:
- You could be more open to a data breach. It’s true that new methods are always being developed to protect your private data, but having your information stored electronically can always mean that hackers have a slight chance to get into your accounts and money.
- Not everyone uses credit or debit cards around the globe. In many countries, a lot of the poorer populations still rely on growing their crops and heading to the market to sell them. It will be a long time before they start to use electronic ways of paying. It might never happen.
- You could end up spending more money. It’s not a surprise when the end of the month comes, we look at our statement, and we see that we spent more than we thought. If everything goes digital, we won’t be able to see what we use, so we may find it harder to save/budget.
What the Future Holds
At the moment, it looks like more and more will be payable online and with a card. Cash is looking to be obsolete in many counties soon. Of course, there are certain areas around the globe where it won’t be happening any time soon. Whatever the case where you live, things will be moving away from cash payments and making our life a lot easier at the same time.