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Jon Millikan

Expert Analyst & Contributor

Cash Discount & Small Restaurants

Updated: Sep 29, 2023

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Cash discount programs have been gaining popularity in recent years as a way for businesses to save money on credit card processing fees. For small restaurants, in particular, cash discount programs can lead to significant cost savings that can help boost their bottom line.

Interchange fees are a percentage of the total transaction amount that credit card companies charge businesses for processing their transactions. These fees can range from 1.5% to 3.5% or more, depending on the type of card and the issuing bank. For small restaurants with tight profit margins, these fees can add up quickly and significantly impact their profitability.

This is where cash discount programs come in. These programs offer customers a discount on their purchase if they pay with cash, which can help offset the cost of credit card processing fees. By incentivizing cash payments, small restaurants can significantly reduce their interchange fees and keep more money in their pocket.

So, how much money can a small restaurant save by using a cash discount program? Let's look at an example. Say a restaurant processes $75,000 in credit card transactions in a month, and their interchange fees average out to 2.5%. That means they are paying $1,875 in interchange fees per month, or $22,500 per year.

If the restaurant implements a cash discount program and offers customers a 3% discount for paying with cash, they can effectively offset their interchange fees. Assuming that 30% of their customers choose to pay with cash, that would result in $22,500 in cash payments per month. This means that the restaurant would only have to pay interchange fees on the remaining $52,500 in credit card transactions, which would reduce their monthly fees to $1,318.75, or $15,825 per year.

That's a savings of $6,675 per year, which can make a significant impact on a small restaurant's profitability. Plus, by offering a discount for cash payments, the restaurant is incentivizing customers to use a payment method that is less costly to process, ultimately saving the restaurant even more money.

In conclusion, cash discount programs can be an excellent way for small restaurants to save money on interchange fees and boost their profitability. By implementing a cash discount program and incentivizing customers to pay with cash, small restaurants can keep more money in their pocket and grow their business.

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Jon Millikan

Expert Analyst & Contributor

Jon has been writing for Xsellarate about small business solutions and financing since 2022. He started writing professionally about business related topics in 2012. Jon has been featured in Business Insider, OC Journal, the OC Wave, Entrepreneur Magazine & other publications. He has a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from California State University Monterey Bay and currently resides in Huntington Beach, California.

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