letty wrote :
To all. At one time, Americans did everything on credit, but not the plastic kind. Finally, a young man decided to try his luck with a cash and carry grocery store. Needless to say, it didn't go over too well with a public who was used to being able to charge now; pay later. Finally, when someone got a load of groceries and became indignant with the owner for not trusting his credit, the owner said no credit, but I will give the groceries to you.
is that what the british called "putting it on the slate" ?
when i was growing up in germany , it was quite common for the housewives to do their shopping throughout the month and settle the bill at month-end .
well-to-do families always had their individual "charge accounts" with a variety of stores , and it was customary for the "husband" to settle and pay all bills - sometimes grudgingly - at month-end .
some old german movies - and american movies too , i just remember - show scenes where the husband questions his good wife about all the expenses incurred . usually she has him all befuddled quickly and he pays up - still shaking his head - BIG GRIN .
the fellow cutting our lawn "refuses" to be paid every week . he told me that he much prefers to submit a detailed bill at the end of every second month - and it suits me fine too .
personally we are bombarded by american credit card companies (their subsidiaries in canada) to PLEASE accept their credit card : 6 months @ .9% , 12 months @1.9% , you name , we can have it .
as soon as canada introduces the`no-call list ` , we`ll put the kibosh to that !
credit works well for us !