Paper or plastic?

This final note today: Some solace the next time you get stuck behind somebody paying by check in the grocery store. Yes, Mom, I'm talking to you. The Federal Reserve said today checks now account for less than a quarter of all transactions. Plastic's the big gainer -- debit cards, mostly, not credit cards.

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Kai Ryssdal is the host and senior editor of Marketplace, public radio’s program on business and the economy.

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