What did we do before: Direct Deposits?

I know some people still prefer to go to a Bank or Credit Union to do their banking but certainly here in Australia in many instances that option simply isn’t available. It’s not only because of great distances but also corporate policy.

For years my pay was deposited in my bank account and I only received a little square envelope which had heaps of information printed on the inside. It told me how much I’d earned so far that financial year, how much Super I’d paid and tax etc but there was no hard cash. I had to go to the bank for that. Some people had to create bank accounts just so they could get their pay.




Before the Direct Deposits became the official system I used to get a cheque which I took to the bank to cash. I used to get actual notes and coins which I tendered for all my purchases and to pay my rent. When I first started working though I was paid cash, it was given to me in a little brown Kalamazoo envelope. On the outside was simply written my name and the amount of money enclosed. No way could I have dreamt that in years to come I’d be using a single card to pay for just about everything only really needing coins to make the Dog Wash work.


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Author: macmsue

I’m a sister, wife, mother, grandmother, auntie and friend. I prefer to be outside and am interested in photography, nature and different cultures. I believe everything on this earth has a right to be here but some things and some people would be happiest if their space was far away from mine. (Flies and biting bugs take note!) I don’t like housework and think dust is Nature’s way of saying, “This is my space, I was here first.”

10 thoughts on “What did we do before: Direct Deposits?”

    1. Not only things change my attitude has changed too. At first there was no way I’d use the “swipe and Go” but now I do all the time. I do think though if the industrial world is ever brought to its knees it will be by computer hackers.

      1. hehe I was like that about it too, and now I do also. I agree, computers will brig us down eventually, or lack of electricity more likely.

  1. I hadn’t considered the electricity but do think sustainable energy is becoming the norm so maybe we won’t run out after all. I wish I had a little self sustaining home.

  2. My credit union allows me to deposit checks with the use of my iPhone. Now, if only I could get money from the phone, I would never need to go to the bank!

    1. Well that sounds too easy! However I’m just experiencing what happens when there is no Interent and no phone, it’s stressful!!!!!

  3. We’ve lost the internet at home due to the gradual installation of a nationwide change over to an optic fibre network. It’s not going well for us. Thanks goodness for pay as you go wireless devices!

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