I just remembered something about myself that I forgot about for a long long time: I LOVE GETTING PAID VIA CHECK! You don’t see it very often these days (they do still exist, though!), but every time I get one I feel like a million bucks up in here… like it’s real, old-fashioned, hard-earned money. Unlike this wimpy e-stuff we pass around all day long ;)
Remember what it felt like to hold pure value like that in your hands? To really see it and feel it, and know that it equates to a lot of goodness? Maybe it’s just me, but seeing a hundred dollars in my online account vs. holding a check for $100 are completely different feelings. Even though I know it shouldn’t be this way at all (money is money, right?). The more I see it in “real life” though, the more it really feels like I WORKED for it. Especially in my industry when everything gets paid via Paypal all the time and I feel like it’s all weird Monopoly money…
It also reminded me of that time I got my paycheck in all *CASH* instead of auto-deposit – remember that? And then our company went out of business a couple years later? Haha… I received $1,800 in a stack of pretty much all $50s, and the entire day I felt like a king. Even after I took it all to the bank, and did my best to not get robbed in the process ;) I knew keeping it in its purest form rather than electronify it (new word) would force me to keep more of it over time, but at the end of the day it just really isn’t all that convenient, which is a shame.
I don’t really have a point here other than sharing these experiences with you today, but I would love to hear your own thoughts on these different types of payment methods we’ve got going on. How do YOU prefer to get paid in a perfect world? Do you spend more, or save more, when you get a lot of money in cash? I’ll admit I very much like the ease and simplicity of getting paid online every time, but a small part of me also knows it’s getting harder and harder to *understand* the true value of money too as time goes on. It’s starting to get un-exciting seeing it all transferred electronically than through my hands these days, am I the only one?
(Photo by Robin Hood Tax)