- You’re just about to do bed time and you remember that you need milk or you’ve run out of nappies.
- You just nip to the shop very quickly and you just want to run in and out.
- You are just getting out your purse, finding the correct coins or typing in your pin number and in that split second your toddler has bolted.
- You can’t grab them quick enough and they are back in the shop
Now the dilemma:
- Do you leave your shopping? (what if you’ve just paid and haven’t bagged? What if you’ve not completed the payment so your card is in the machine still?)
- Quickly throw it into a bag?
- Ask the staff to pack it for you?
- Carry on and then go after your child?
I have recently had this dilemma, as has Paul. Both times shopping along with the children, and both times just rushing in so not having the buggy or using a trolley.
I can tell you it’s a complete pain.
Thankfully I only had a few items at the time and my current account debit card is a contactless payment card, this meant no typing in my pin number and I actually had bagged my shopping already so managed to grab Harry very quickly and carry him from the shop to the car again.
It is rather handy to just tap and go at times and there are now more places where this is available, payments under £20 can be made in this way if the facility is in store and your card is a contactless card.
According to TSB data, the average contactless payment has been consistently between £6 and £7 over the past six months, with many using their contactless cards for smaller purchases at Marks & Spencer’s, McDonalds, Boots and on Transport for London buses.
I can see me using it more and more especially if Harry doesn’t stop his escaping as I can rugby carry him underarm and pay for the shopping at the same time – or of course he will have to feed my buggy obsession for longer and stay strapped in or on his reins which he hates.
Actually I just hope he grows out of this stage of wanting to constantly run off in the other direction because he thinks it’s funny to see me run after him.
“This is a collaborative post”