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Currently reading this article, there is a line,

Virginia Hannon’s family has long wondered whether her killing might have been connected to a $380,000 inheritance she had collected from an aunt. Hannon had told friends about the money but had never flaunted it, Richard Hannon said.

“People knew that she had gotten an inheritance from her aunt, but she wasn’t the type of person who would carry cash, and she wasn’t out buying filet mignons,” he said. “She drove an old car, and she was a very thrifty person.”

I guess that "she wasn't out buying filet mignons" connotes as the continuing sentence says that she was a thrifty person, but I'm wondering what would "not carrying cash" imply?

Thank you in advance.

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In context I understand this to mean she would not "carry large amounts of cash". So although she was wealthy, she only carried a "normal" amount of money in her purse: perhaps tens of dollars, not thousands of dollars. If she needed to pay for a valuable item she would use a check (these remain common in the USA).

Similarly "filet mignon" is the most expensive cut of beef (in the UK it is about £50/kg). It is something that most people could only afford for special occasions.

Together they suggest a person who did not publicly appear to be wealthy.

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  • Thanks. You had made an answer before I solved myself lol. By the way, "in the UK it is about £50/kg" That's far cheaper than here in Japan. For fillet mignon, I bet here it would cost 150£/kg, just FYI.
    – Kentaro
    Mar 20, 2021 at 19:40

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