Friday, March 21, 2008

The mattress stash

Having my wallet missing for almost a full day made me realize I should keep some cash in the house. I don’t normally have cash. I use debit for absolutely everything. I had to take my daughter to the doctor yesterday and I had to pay a $20 copay. The only cash I had in the house was the $100 I was given at the zoo. So I took $40 to get me through the day. I really don’t know what I would have done if I hadn’t had that money. Don’t worry, I’ve already paid it back.

I couldn’t swing by the ATM because I didn’t have my debit card. I couldn’t go into the bank to get cash because I didn’t have ID. I had checks but most places ask for ID to accept a check. I do have a credit card in the house but it’s in my maiden name. Not that that mattered I guess since I didn’t have ID to prove my name one way or the other.

I’ve heard before that some people keep a mattress stash and I always wondered why. Seemed kinda silly to me. But I’ve learned my lesson. So please, everyone, keep a mattress stash!


Lynn said...

Piggy banks would work too : ) I would love to link to your blog....Blogs about money and finances would be a great compliment to piggy banks : )

Becky@FamilyandFinances said...

My husband and I recently started doing this, too. Our reason was because I handle all of the finances and he wanted to be able to buy me birthday and Christmas gifts without me seeing the amount spent on our credit card bill.

We now keep some cash in our safe deposit box for gifts and any other misc. that might come up.