Had some confusion as to whether I was a "boomer" or a "Gen Xer" since there seems to be some disagreement. Finally decided "boomer" since my Dad fought in WWII. I remember him sitting in front of the TV, cutting Kleenexes in half to conserve them. Grandma saving 'good' aluminum foil in the drawer in the kitchen. I'm not going to take any cheap shots at the "Xers" since obviously there's a lot (more than I would have guessed) on here, and obviously they are stacking.
I like to go to garage sales on weekends. I've started bringing a special wallet and change purse so I can just pay for my stuff and go. None of this "Oh, Harvey! Can you find some change? And eventually bring it out, so we can futz around with who owes who what and some time, hours later, give this guy his $2 so he can go?" but forgot change purse today. First sale, yep, she no got change. Luckily, I had some quarters anyhow, and made my escape.
A later stop, and a different story. Bought cookies totaling $1.25 from some young ladies, about 8-10 years old. Gave them 2 one dollar bills. They had NO IDEA how much change I should get back. So they guessed. They called in the 'math wiz'. Still wrong. Finally they hit on "Seventy Five Cents?" and I said yes, that's right. Well, I know people have been ragging on the "kids today" since at least Roman times....maybe making change isn't that important in this world of credit cards, BitCoin, and computerized cash registers. I remember the controversy when the first hand held calculators came out...kids won't be able to add! I guess I'd feel better if they whipped out the iPhone and said, "I have an app for that....$.75 cents!" than just...not....knowing. What's the point of knowing the capital of Belgium when you can Google it? Right? It's OK with with me...just know how to Google.