Channel 4 Dispatches: Beating The Recession – Cash Versus Cards. Monday 21st May 8pm.

News that we are back in recession won’t have been a surprise to many hard-pressed families across the country. So, is it time to rethink how we use our money? Personal finance expert Harry Wallop investigates whether cutting up our credit cards and paying for everything in cash could leave us with more money in our pockets. Exclusive research for Channel 4 reveals how people are now realising the value of a ‘return to cash’, drawing out more from cash machines than at any time in the last five years. But is it what the banks and credit card companies really want us to do? Is the move towards a cashless society more about the banks’ profits than the convenience of financially stretched consumers? #CashVCards