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We took a short two day trip to the coast and as just an afterthought, I included a wad of $twenties$ in my deep pants pocket. Glad I did sooss.

Seems ALL the credit/debit card networks were DOWN due to some silly, simple automobile accident and NOBODY was accepting plastic!

Wow!!! If no EXTRA cash had been included, we would have been DEAD IN THE WATER with NO PLACE to stay and NO GAS to get back home!

Lesson learned nearly the hard way. For now on, MORE greenbacks will be included in the pockets AND in the 3-day bag...which we didn't have.

However...it was interesting that we still had to show identification even thou we were paying all the way with $cash$. Humm. HB of CJ (old coot)
 

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Show your ID for what?

BTW I pay for all of my prepping stuff with cash, I don't use ANY debt or credit for that stuff, that includes ammo.
 

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in most countys you have to LEAVE YOUR ID AND PASSPORT WITH THE HOTEL



 

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I can't think of a very likely SHTF scenario were some cash wouldn't be useful. If nothing else, people will cling to the hope that thing will get back to normal, even if there is no chance of it happening.

I have always kept $100 in emergency funds in every vehicle I've owned, but I have been thinking I aught to up that with the price of gas these days. That isn't even a tank full in the truck.
 

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I can't think of a very likely SHTF scenario were some cash wouldn't be useful. If nothing else, people will cling to the hope that thing will get back to normal, even if there is no chance of it happening.

I have always kept $100 in emergency funds in every vehicle I've owned, but I have been thinking I aught to up that with the price of gas these days. That isn't even a tank full in the truck.
I'm thinking of increasing my standby cash to $1,000. Right now it's $100, too.

I agree that cash will still very likely be viable in most situations. If you get caught in a riot or something like that, cash would be easier to use for gasoline or food and water purchases as you make your way out of the area. Particularly, as OP discovered, if they stop taking credit cards.
 

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I believe in $1,000 cash at home if you can swing it, definitely work toward it. I never ever ever go outside the home with less than $50 on me, usually closer to $100, you can use your credit card for about everything so you don't have to use the cash but it's saved me a number of times. Plus how much of a jerk do you look/feel like when you tell some poor valet "Uhhhhh....sorry I don't have any cash...I'll get you next time."

I never leave my area for travel with less than $200 in cash. I also keep $50 in my GHB in the car and another $20 hidden in the glove box as emergency gas money/ cash only parking garage money.

It has finally sunk into the wife to do the same.

I don't get the needing an ID to pay cash, what were you buying?
 

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Each vehicle should carry enough CASH to do the following;

1) pay a speeding ticket up to 24 mph over. 25 over is typically jail time, so don't go there!
2) fill the tank twice
3) buy enough food, water and essentials for a weekend
4) stay somewhere for 3 days. (your taste$ can dictate the place - back seat, or 5 star hotel)
 

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I like this thread. The topic alone got my mind going in different directions I haven't thought of. It's smart to carry extra cash, maybe even absolutely necessary. If something happens you are almost completely without supplies. You can't afford to risk not getting what's left on the shelves because they can't run credit.

I could almost see this thread branching out into another; What's in your SHTF Vacation pack you can take/check on a plane.
 

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i get paid in mostly cash so that is usually what i carry. i do worry about loosing it on a trip somehow, so i will usually put half in the bank and half in the wallet, or half in prepaid credit cards. stored separably from my wallet. i also make sure to store my drivers license and CCW permit separably since the CCW is a state issued ID with photo it works just as well in most situations, but not all

but sometimes im lazy and only take cash, usually on the short trips where i wouldnt be in huge trouble without cash
 

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Each vehicle should carry enough CASH to do the following;

1) pay a speeding ticket up to 24 mph over. 25 over is typically jail time, so don't go there!
2) fill the tank twice
3) buy enough food, water and essentials for a weekend
4) stay somewhere for 3 days. (your taste$ can dictate the place - back seat, or 5 star hotel)
1) $625 ( local )
2) $198 ( based on 28 Gallon tank and $3.53/gallon state average)
3) $150 ( based on our weekly average * 3/7 + 25 )
4) $300 ( based on the $97/night I had to pay last time I needed emergency lodging )

Round it up to a nice $1275. No way I'm leaving that much cash laying around in an unattended vehicle. Around $1175 for my wife's car(smaller tank), and still more than I'm willing to leave in the car.
 

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However...it was interesting that we still had to show identification even thou we were paying all the way with $cash$. Humm. HB of CJ (old coot)
What coast - in the US? You had to show -who- ID? You mean to tell me if you lost your wallet and only had cash you couldn't spend it to get shelter - that's nonsense. Carry $10 bills - nobody counterfeits them. I suspect you were asked for ID by a minion or a litigious person. Why not go down the street until you find someone who will take $20s?

In fact, AFAIK, counterfeiters don't pass multiple bills, but one at a time. AFAIK, a business can not refuse cash (though it probably happens).

Good post otherwise. I'm going to consider this.
 

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1) $625 ( local )
2) $198 ( based on 28 Gallon tank and $3.53/gallon state average)
3) $150 ( based on our weekly average * 3/7 + 25 )
4) $300 ( based on the $97/night I had to pay last time I needed emergency lodging )

Round it up to a nice $1275. No way I'm leaving that much cash laying around in an unattended vehicle. Around $1175 for my wife's car(smaller tank), and still more than I'm willing to leave in the car.
Definitely more than I'd want to stash in a car, if for no other reason than it wouldn't be covered by auto insurance in case of vehicle theft or fire. I have had theft from my vehicles a couple of times, and they never found my hiding spot. It isn't something you'd use often, so you can keep it well hidden.

seams unlikely that you'd have to do all of those things, and often the cops will escort you to an ATM to pay up (I've had to rescue others before in that situation). $ 250-500 would seam to be about the right amount to keep stashed in a vehicle. Even if you never leave the county, your CC might get shut-off unknown to you until it is too late, or you might run into a "we don't take Credit Cards or Checks, this is a Cash business". It has happened to me a couple of times, and my secret stash of cash came to the rescue.
 

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What coast - in the US? You had to show -who- ID? You mean to tell me if you lost your wallet and only had cash you couldn't spend it to get shelter - that's nonsense. Carry $10 bills - nobody counterfeits them. I suspect you were asked for ID by a minion or a litigious person. Why not go down the street until you find someone who will take $20s?

In fact, AFAIK, counterfeiters don't pass multiple bills, but one at a time. AFAIK, a business can not refuse cash (though it probably happens).

Good post otherwise. I'm going to consider this.
Kids counterfeit tens, five, ones, you name it ... with copiers ... or at least they try, and occasionally are successful in passing them.

We had some high school kids here awhile back that were busted for trying to pass counterfeit fives that they ran on a copier.

But yeah, the pros usually don't mess with anything less than $20s, and usually just $100 bills.
 

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Cash is king and I carry both CC and cash..Always carry a $1000.00 to fall back on. Carry in my waist belt. Wife carrries a portion also.
 

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1) $625 ( local )
2) $198 ( based on 28 Gallon tank and $3.53/gallon state average)
3) $150 ( based on our weekly average * 3/7 + 25 )
4) $300 ( based on the $97/night I had to pay last time I needed emergency lodging )

Round it up to a nice $1275. No way I'm leaving that much cash laying around in an unattended vehicle. Around $1175 for my wife's car(smaller tank), and still more than I'm willing to leave in the car.

2 points. You can "store" the $$ in your wallet or in another mobile container that you take with you when you exit the vehicle. You don't have to have "one use" money. There can be some multi-tasking in planning as typically it's a pretty bad day when you need to fill up twice, stay 3 days at a hotel, buy 3 days of supplies AND get pinched for speeding!

Just remember that you made your choice when the S is hitting and you are in the front of the pack getting out of town and you see the gumball machine in the rear view.:rolleyes:
 

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OK, my instinct is to also have $xx dollars on me in addition to a CC. I don't routinely carry a checkbook with me.

But, unless you're on a barrier island a simple outage is not going to strand you and make ATMs and stores' electronics go out.

My girlfriend refuses to store any money in the house. I proposed we both have some specified amount of cash in the safes and she said she'll never keep money in the house, it's not necessary. I said 'well if we go out of town shouldn't we both have a few twenties each' and she agreed with that. Unlike in the 'old days' your bank has a branch anywhere, and ATMs in England will access your American account. Nobody carries Traveler's Checks anymore, that I know of.

Obviously, if everyone is unable to get cash or use their CC it's gonna be so bad that having a grand isn't going to help anyone, and, apparently if you don't have your ID (say a car crash) and you have twenties in your pocket and that's it, it won't be enough if they're going to require an ID.

Can anyone give me a compelling argument to help me get her to agree to store XX amount of cash? She said 'well if you're home, just use your checkbook. If you're out, just drive to the next town. If you're in the outback, sure carry money. Otherwise, it would take an extraordinary set of circumstances to require instant cash money. Car out of gas, phone lines down, speeding ticket, no checkbook, no cell phone, can't call a friend.'

I'm out of ideas, though gut instinct tells me I should keep trying to persuade her.
 
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