You know the Mastercard ads that put a price tag on everything except the zinger at the end (the look on your ex-boyfriend’s face or the conversation between a father and son at a baseball game) because there are some things money can’t buy? That’s right, the Priceless ad campaign has been so successful Mastercard has used it for 20 years.
Well, priceless is how I feel when I get a windfall of $5s back in one cash transaction. It happened a few weeks ago when I got—are you ready for this—ten $5s back as change after using a $100 bill at my local CVS to pay for a purchase of $8.48.
I know. Using a C-note for something under $10 is a bit over the top but it was the start of a month and I’d just gone to the bank. You should have seen my face when the cashier counted out my change….two $20s, one $1, some change, and 10 $5s! “Sorry for all the $5s,” she said having no idea she had just made my day.
The good news is if you start using more cash in your daily life the same will happen to you.
Assuming you start the week with the cash you’ll need for everyday expenses (groceries, gasoline, purchases at the newsstand, pub or public transit station), here are a few things you can do to strike it rich (in $5s) more often.
Buy as you go….Most people only need a few things they don’t have each day, but we buy in bulk, often at one place. I buy only what I need each day, paying with smaller denominations increasing the odds I’ll get a $5 back.
Make more than one stop…On the way home from work, instead of buying everything at one megastore, make three stops to speciality shops increasing the odds of getting a $5 back.
Pay in bills of $10 or higher…..or add $1s to the mix if it’ll help you get a $5 back. If something costs $7, use a $10 and two $1s to pay. Good chance, a 5-spot’s coming your way.
Everyone needs to feel like they struck it rich once in a while. And while I wouldn’t want to get that many $5s back as often as happened recently (because obviously, I’d have to go to the bank to withdraw more money), it was priceless one recent morning.
Yours in Fives,