We have a sign (2 of them) at the order window. “NO BILL LARGER THAN $20 ACCEPTED”. We do have problems with the folks at the flea market trying to break their $20s with us (buy a $1 bottle of water or can of soda… pay for it with a $20). We run $1’s and $5’s with the occasional (2) $10’s. All our prices are whole dollars or in 50 cent increments so we only keep quarters ($10 roll plus loose) and 25 cents in nickels… we swap out the excess nickels, dimes and pennies with quarters from our personal change (we collect our personal change in a metal tin and change it at a Coinstar every few months). We generally run a bank of $150. We pack our $5’s in packs of $50 and our $1’s in packs of $20 (I like to keep an extra pack of ones in the cash bag as an emergency backup — this is not counted as part of the bank unless we get into it.. and we have several times). The till gets too full once we hit $40 in ratty, wrinkled ones so we “drop” the drawer and hide the money in the cart. We use a lockable cash register till (without the register part… you can buy them at places like Staples or Office Depot). We bolted the cash drawer to the cart. We need to add a small safe. We also drop our $20’s as soon as we can (no customers around… don’t “flash” your money). We will only take a $50 or $100 with a food order and if we have lot’s of $20’s to make the change. We also keep one of the counterfeit pens and check the large bills. BTW, you can get a false positive with the pens.
Both Stacey & I have worked for years as cashiers so we know how to work a cash drawer. The Hotel I work at (120 rooms) only keeps a starting bank of $150 in their cash drawer, Stacey kept a bank of $75 (Dollar Tree). $150 should be enough for a cart. Run about $50 to $80 in 5’s, $20 in quarters and the rest in ones. You can always pay in ones. Keep enough ones on hand. We have started with a bank as low as $35 and built it up thru the day. That was our first day bank. The biggest bank we have run is $500 and that was for the stock car races… it was on a Saturday and the driver’s/pit crews hit us hard with $20’s early… by the end on the night we usually got our smaller bills back. We were still running $5’s and $1’s for our bank.