Last week I walked into a gas station and asked for $$ on a pump 7 and grabbed my phone. The lady at the counter blurted out: “We don’t take Apple Pay!” She seemed irritated that I tried to pay that way. Shame on me for thinking it was a universal system.

Man using ATM


I thought we’ve come a long way from ATM. I mean, with all the cash apps, Apple Pay, etc., you’d think most places let you pay with your phone. I guess there are still places that only accept cards and probably checks.

Credit card payment concept.


As businesses navigated through COVID-19, many industries became contactless in various ways. I remember one bar and grill having a QR code on the receipt as payment. I loved this idea. If your payment method required a signature, there’s a lot of germs being swapped around.

A close up of a black credit card with the numbers 4511


Get ready because technology is fluid and constantly changing. There may be a time when you will be able to make purchases without a card or phone. In fact, the search has already begun. It will one day be a reality.

Hand showing middle finger with wedding ring

T Popova

I feel crazy to say this but maybe, just maybe, I’d be willing to implant a chip in my hand to make purchases. I can’t be the only person in Illinois who would be interested.

$300 PER YEAR?

One company, called Walletmor, is spearheading an implantable chip that could serve as a new debit card. A report specifies only that the implant is in the hand. 2,000 people in Europe say they’re broke for it, which at this point is costing consumers $300 a year. You can read more.

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