Amanda Stanhaus

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Cashmere Card



I didn’t have time to stop by Bloomies’s cashmere sale. I wanted a turquoise cap-sleeve crewneck. My friend was already going, so I lent her my debit card to buy it for me. “What a good friend,” I thought.

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Oh yes, card and PIN. She had full access. And I, sans card, had none.

It took her 4 days to give me back my card. We’re now former friends.

I changed my PIN even before another cent left my checking account.

If there is a next time, it will be a cash transaction.

Being too busy is just maybe a sign I shouldn’t be shopping. No matter how good the discount and what’s on sale. Ugh, life and its lessons.


(Originally published on Amanda Stanhaus’s financial literacy blog: XO, Bettie.)

Best ATM Practices


I try my hardest to never use a corner ATM.

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I reserve my fabulous outfits for only fabulous places, and a street corner ATM is not fabulous.

The world does not need to see me open my wallet, take out my card, type in my pin, withdraw cash, take back my card and place both back in my purse.

Now, how to avoid the always busy bar ATM: plan ahead, have a friend spot you, or dine-n-dodge.

For the record I have never done the latter, but my mind is whirling with all the bad things that could happen.

Yes, bad things can happen anywhere. Even at an inside ATM. But, at least there are other bank patrons.

Plus, if I throw the culprit through the window that will cause quite a scene. Hy-ya!


(Originally published on Amanda Stanhaus’s financial literacy blog: XO, Bettie.)