We’re not a cash-less society yet

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – There is no doubt that swiping a card at the register is a little easier than digging through your pockets for cash and change. Even so, many Americans are still choosing to pay the old-fashioned way.

New research from a Federal Reserve office shows 40% of the average person’s monthly transactions are paid for in cash.

Among the reasons that some people pick paper money over plastic: it’s a way to stay accountable- when the money is in their wallet is gone, it’s gone.

“By the end of the day, you figure out: ‘what did I do with all that money?’” June Sousa of Ludlow said. “Credit cards can get you in a lot of trouble. I’ve been there before, and I won’t do it again.”

Others prefer using cash for the peace of mind — to leave less of a digital trail and reduce their risk of personal information getting hacked.

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