Are we becoming a cashless society? Will coins and notes become obsolete?
Will we be relying entirely on plastic cards when go shopping, dining out - even just hopping on a bus or simply buying a cup of tea?.
It's emerged that for the first time, in the UK economy, that we're using cards more than cash to make payments - and the trend is set to continue. So does hard cash have a future? Kevin Ashford has been investigating.