MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Ten years ago, 36 percent of retail purchases were paid in cash. Today, that’s dropped to 29 percent, and if this trend continues over the next generation, it could fall to 10 percent.
“I think we’re a long way from a cashless society, but we are trending generally away from cash,” said Matt Schulz, a Creditcards.com senior analyst.READ MORE: 'Bumpy Ride': Minnesota Legislature Continues Special Session Work, As Deadline Before Shutdown Looms
Creditcards.com is part of an online credit card marketplace and allows people to compare credit cards online.
A recent survey from Creditcards.com found 1/3 of people use credit or debit for purchases under $5. That number jumps to more than half for people between 18 and 29 years old.
“Using an app to buy Starbucks, all of these things are replacing cash and will do more so in the future,” Schulz said.
Experts say more people are moving towards cards due to convenience, rewards programs and marketing by credit card companies. Schulz says his survey found more young people using debit over credit.READ MORE: Minnesota Unemployment Rate Drops To 4% As Businesses Scramble To Hire
“It’s important for me to not spend any more that I owe later,” said millennial Taylor Nikolai of Stillwater.
According a study from bankrate.com, 40 percent of people carry less than $20, 29 percent carry between $20 and $50, 2 percent carry $0 and 9 percent carry more than $250.
Bruce Mortenson of Minnetonka is one of those who carries cash.
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Schulz says cash simply hasn’t been a big part of the lives of young people who were even used to pre-paid debit cards to pay for school lunches.