U.S. News CompassBy . International students will likely realize quickly that people in the U.S. handle money differently than in their home country. In some ways, the U.S. is very contradictory when it comes to financial matters: On one hand, few use cash, depending more on credit and debit cards; on the other hand, many people get paper paychecks and actually still use checks to pay bills for things such as electricity, like I had to at my dorm. More...