Easing the pain of a supermarket dash

I love shopping, I always have and I can’t see that changing really although times have changed since the kids came along and I don’t buy new shoes every payday – a girl can NEVER have too many shoes!
I do usually end up spending more money on the children though than I do myself and this is often because they are with me – I may pop to the supermarket for bread and milk however I usually come out with magazines, hairbands, sweets and quite often a lot more than I had planned. 
I won’t lie – this can get annoying and yes I do say no often but you know what it’s like: you’re by the till trying to entertain the kids, unpack your shopping from the trolley or basket and then into bags and always by the tills are sweets or toys – a great marketing ploy and one we all fall into more than we would like sadly.  At buggy level or trolley level these are hard to avoid and if the kids have been good then yes they can choose a sweet.
I have recently discovered a new kind of hell while shopping though – the escaping toddler!
Picture the scene:
  • 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.

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16 thoughts on “Easing the pain of a supermarket dash

  1. I tend to do it online unless it's for one or two things as i don't drive so it would e hard to get home with bags and bags x

  2. I hate taking the kids to the supermarket even for just a quick one shop item! I do love contactless payment though as it makes everything so much quicker – it is scary though as you don't feel like you are spending any money!

  3. We took our youngest to the shops today. I have a very strict we are there for what I need and nothing else. On the rare occasion I take them for a wander around the shops for leisure I play games like "supermarket bingo etx x

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