I have gotten sloppy this year with the paper money that I carry around in my wallet.
Usually I organize the notes from lowest to highest, left to right, with the face side of each note duly facing left.
If I need a $20, which is usually the highest denomination that I carry, I go immediately to the notes farthest to the right.
If I need less, I move toward the left.
This year I have gotten sloppy.
I stopped by the IGA on the way home from work yesterday.
The $6 change, a $5 and a $1 bill, are still stuffed in the wallet to the right of the $20s.
I know, I just checked, and will have to correct that after I finish this post.
My younger, paperboy-trained self, would have been appalled by this lazy disorder.
It takes longer to conduct a transaction if I have to go fishing for the correct amount.
So far, I have avoided the embarrassment of discovering that numerous $1 bills are disguising the fact that I have little cash on me. But that day could be coming if I don’t straighten this out.
Is there anything besides laziness causing this disorder?
I find that I am more and more reaching for a credit card rather than for cash and I certainly know how to get right to one quickly.
I put the paper receipts from a credit card transaction in my wallet until I get home.
I find that these receipts compete for wallet space and are too easily dislodged if I reach for paper money, or try to organize what’s already there when I am on the move.
I have long been aware that credit cards compete with cash on many levels, but until this year I don’t think I realized that it was going to turn into a race for space in my wallet.
Buzz blogger Dave Harper is editor of the weekly newspaper "Numismatic News."