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September 9th, 2009

sign of the times @ 01:36 pm

Current Mood: nostalgic nostalgic

Watched a bit of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" this morning. It's amazing how once-common topics are total mysteries to younger adults. Today it was a 30ish guy with a $4000 question that boiled down to, "What's the current rate for a US first-class postage stamp?" He was totally stumped, so he called a friend (female about the same age) for help. She made what sounded like a wild guess at the last second and he went with it, they were both wrong. (The correct answer is 44 cents, in case you were wondering.)

I can remember my parents and grandparents sitting down with a pile of bills a couple of times a month, writing checks and mailing them out. Grandpa kept a roll of stamps on his desk in a little acrylic holder. I get most of my bills by email, bank statements too, and pay via online banking and the billers' websites. No wonder the post office lost several billion dollars last year. I can't remember the last time I wrote a personal check, yet thanks to debit cards I've gone through three checkbook registers before using up one pack of checks.

As Brad Paisley puts it, "Welcome to the Future".
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Date:September 9th, 2009 08:18 pm (UTC)
I balance my checkbook on an excel spreadsheet.
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Date:September 10th, 2009 01:35 am (UTC)
I'm guilty of not knowing how much stamps cost, but I do mail my bills and things rather than paying online; I put my fiancé in charge of the post office trips so he's in charge of the stamps.
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Date:September 10th, 2009 04:43 pm (UTC)
EE... I started my account with Wright Patt something like 5 years ago. I never even bought checks for myself, just the free plain ones that they gave me, and I think I'm still on the very first book. Maybe I'm into the second now, but definitely not into the third. That means less than fifty checks in five years! Way less.

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