I never carry cash. This shouldn’t seem like a big deal, because debit cards can be cancelled if you lose them; parking meters, farmer’s markets, and even jukeboxes in the good dive-y bars all accept Visa these days.
Slate’s Farhad Manjoo tried outsourcing some of his more mundane tasks (i.e. answering emails, booking flights) to a virtual assistant and discovered, of course, that trusting someone you’ve never met with your personal details and credit card information isn’t exactly the best idea. You get what you pay for: A $10 an hour virtual assistant is no match for a salaried personal assistant (about $47,000 in Palo Alto, Calif. where Manjoo lives) who can meet with you every day.