I looked in the fridge last night and there wasn’t much to eat. I thought to myself, what could I eat that is close by and cheap? Pizza, of course! I walked a few blocks and picked out a nice juicy slice. $2.50 for dinner, not bad! Then I approached the cashier:
$5 minimum when paying with credit or debit cards.
D’oh! I hardly ever have cash and don’t often have to deal with minimums. So I ordered a beer, and paid $3 more than what I originally planned for. The beer helped the situation.
I kept thinking of how that could really add up and be such a waste. I am going to try to be more cognizant of getting cash, especially when I go to smaller, local businesses.
In this particular situation, the minimum wasn’t so extreme that I would walk away from the situation. After all, I was starving and just needed to eat, so paying $3 more wasn’t that bad. But if that were to happen once a week, or several times a week, that could really add up.
How do you combat credit card minimums? Do you always carry cash?