Remember the days of emptying your purse/wallet of coppers because it felt like you were lugging a dead body around?
Gone are the days of coppers bulking out my purse, or any other coins for that matter! It seems the simplicity of carrying cash is actually dying out!
Recently after lunch with a friend, I left my only coins as a tip for the smiley waiter. Not only was it a little under 10% but it also left me penniless, so to speak!
Following my feeble tipping, I then went into a shop and was pretty embarrassed to realise that I would have pay by card, for 48p!
My friend had abandoned me, (possibly from sheer embarrassment) so my only option failing card payment was to hang my head in shame and put my item back on the shelf!
It made me realise that I rarely carry cash, in fact if I ever find any in my purse I'm genuinely shocked!
Now bear with me (Bear or bare?!) while I tell you what's in my purse...
(Try to contain your excitement.)
Apparently I'm too old to class myself as a Millenial (Pah!) but this youthful category of humans are favouring cashless apps over actual cash!
I use my cards and proudly declare that I have ApplePay installed on my phone. (Oh yeh!) I've used it only once because I tend to forget it's there, which probably justifies my non-Millenial status! Oops 😳
I got to googling (1. The way to search (IMO) & 2. How did we survive before?) and I discovered people everywhere, who think that old fashioned cash carrying is a thing of the past!
So lets find out...
1. Eating out
You want to tip the fab service but did you know that sometimes the patient staff member doesn't get it all? Yep if you tip on card, quite often the management take a portion of it!
So tip with cash!
2. Stopped Card
Ever had your card declined? (Yes, yes I have. It was embarrassing 😒)
An unusual spend can trigger your card to be suspended. If you're sat at home while someone else trashes your bank account then you want them stopping right? But if you're simply treating yourself, you could be stuck with a measly 88p in your pocket!
3. Those little emergencies
4. Like discounts?
Those small/local businesses still get charged a fee for every transaction and some add it to your cost to cover theirs. If you wave your cash around you'll not only make them happier but they may give you a discount! (Woo!)
5, The simple pleasure of having cash
Easier to manage? Do you really keep track of what you swipe on those cards?
Oh and it can be quicker at the bar, especially if the bartender has to pace with the card machine awaiting signal!
No losing money, no faffing for the right change at the front of a long and impatient queue, just swipe or tap and payment has been made, Ta-dah! 🤗
There are loads of apps out there; Apple Pay, Android Pay, Paypal to name just a few!
You savvy people probably know more, simply download, add your details and your virtual wallet is ready!
3. Keeping track
Tracking your spending wherever ,whenever!
No waiting for monthly statements to land on the doormat like the good old days!
Free your pocket of receipts and be freeee! 😁
Using cards instead of cash could actually benefit you.
Some credit/debit cards give rewards when you use them. But use them wisely!
5... (cue tumbleweed)
I'll be honest, I can't think of a 5th, lame I know.
So feel free to erm...contribute with your own cashless number 5! 😆
Is carrying cash dying out?
The debate continues!
Less people carry cash and don't miss physically feeling their money. Only this week, we narrowly escaped the elimination of coppers due to lack of use! Though, if like me you have a tin of them, click here for some creative ideas on how to use them!
(Number 6 sounds good to me! Though number 8 is the one I think most of us do)
My husband doesn't possess the patience to carry money, never mind count it out in a shop. On the rare occasion he does have cash, he simply leaves it around the house by way of accessorising the place!
Me, I'll stick to using my cards but maybe I'll carry a little cash for those moments when I might just need 48p...
What do you think? Cash or not? Tell us in the comments 🙂
This blog post is a warning to you all, Phone Zombies have invaded!
Now an epidemic & at risk of becoming a pandemic, we need to push awareness throughout the population right now!
Contagious, heedless and docile, the walkers are every where!
In the street, in the road & even leaning their foreheads against buildings, legs walking yet going nowhere.
WE can survive, YOU can survive, take heed of our advice, and may the odds be ever in your favour.
1. Recognise the Phone Zombie
Dragging its feet, hunched over it's mobile phone with thumbs ferociously tapping whilst groaning or murmuring. Eyes glazed over and potentially emitting an odour due to its lack of attention to basic life skills.
2.Where to find the Phone Zombie
Veering into roads ignoring the risks of oncoming traffic.
Sliding off escalators causing a pile of fellow...escalators (?)
Tripping over bollards/signs/small children.
On it's back at the bottom of staircases, unable to right itself.
3. Survive imminent encounters with the Phone Zombie
Be alert whilst walking the streets.
The Phone Zombie is likely to stop abruptly during its foot dragging scuff, causing an obstruction amongst the marching throng of humans.
Be observant of it's skulking & if you see its feet begin to stall, take a sideways step to dodge it. Hop, skip, jump or even barrel roll around it, whatever immediate action you need to take in order to evade & avoid.
Be vigilant at all times.
If you see a phone zombie on the floor/at the bottom of a staircase/in a pond, with frantic thumbs and unable to roll off it's back, approach with caution.
Look deep into it's eyes & if you see a flicker of it's former human self, carefully put into the recovery position & back away slowly.
Before you leave the house, place your mobile phone into the depths of your pocket/bag & don't retrieve until you're back in the safety of your own home.
If you have no option but to take a call whilst walking, check your pedestrian blind spots & if clear walk to the side of the pavement. When neatly tucked into the wall as to not cause sudden obstruction, take the call.
Do not move until the call has ended.
If you have no option but to take/make a call in a shopping centre, obtain visual of an appropriate seat before retrieving your phone. In the absence of appropriate seats, adhere to the point above to avoid falling into a wet floor sign/other shopper/ an ornamental water fountain.
To altogether minimise the risk of turning into a Phone Zombie, leave your phone at home. In the case of an emergency, 'borrow' a phone from a passing Phone Zombie by gently sliding its phone from it's grasp. You have exactly 30 seconds to make an emergency call, before the Phone Zombie's thumbs freeze up and it's eyes roll into the back of it's head in a state of phone-less confusion.
5. How to know if it's too late
Take heed of these instructions now!
Did you know that hospital visits have more than tripled over the years because of distracted walking? It's an actual thing! Check out YouTube if you want confirmation, I did for research purposes obviously.😉
PS, On a serious note, watch where you're going!
PPS, Don't touch your phone when driving.
PPPS, So what do you call a person going up an escalator? Please tell me I'm right and it is an 'escalator'!
Do you remember whining about how January seemed to be a 68 day month?! It dragged on soooo long!
Anyone else now thinking, crap where did February go?! 😲
February means a million birthdays for me, okay I might be exaggerating a little but it does bring a whopping 9 birthdays! That means a lot of time spent in card shops, and me wondering if it would be too impersonal to buy a Happy Birthday message stamp so that I only have to add names.
I don't know about you guys but I'm the card person, you know, the one who checks the diary for birthdays, buys the cards, writes the cards, posts the cards. The reason? it's simple, if I left it up to my husband no-one would get one. He'd send them an email.
(And you thought my stamp idea was bad!)
Anyway, lets get to the point, February fun, February's simple things and simple pleasures, here you go.
Yes, despite my ranting.
Watching 25 little kidders, rosy cheeked and running around a play factory can only bring a smile. The simple pleasure of climbing and falling their way around the soft play adventure is innocence at it's best. Not only did it make me smile because they loved it so much, but it may have also been because seeing all those frantic parents made me rather pleased with myself for having already been there, done that and bought the t-shirt! 😁
My daughters 21st, 4 weeks of secrecy, 4 weeks of making a conscious effort not to mention the party and 4 weeks of broken sleep through thinking about food, decorations and my daughter getting impatient with the obvious lack of birthday activity!
Her surprise party went down a storm though and she loved it.
Mingling with the stars
Yep, an actual famous person!
For my husband's birthday I'd bought him tickets to an intimate gig with the beautiful Natalie Imbruglia. Not just any tickets but Meet & Greet tickets! I'll be honest it was a risk considering many years ago he often joked with our daughter about swapping her mum for Natalie!
I've never been to an intimate gig before and the simplicity of it made us feel like she'd just nipped round to ours for a jamming sesh. Also the fact that she'd, in my husbands words, been the soundtrack to our entire relationship so far is a special thing!
So we met her, she's beautiful, talented and so friendly, we had photo's taken with her and yes my husband made a copy and cropped me out! 🙄
Family & friends
Family & Friends is likely to always be on my simple pleasures list because those everyday little things are important.
One Saturday we spontaneously decided on a walk to Wray Castle and dragged our daughter and her boyfriend along. Sure it's a 9 mile walk but the steps would look good on our trackers and lunch at the castle before heading back would break it up.
Unless you reach the half way mark for lunch and the castle isn't even open... the 4.5 mile walk back wasn't as enthusiastic...😐
Inspirational blogging successes
Simply Sarah got nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award! Woo!
Simple recognition for inspiring others and showing creativity, I might be just a little bit chuffed! It's a great way to connect with new bloggers and pass the positive vibes between us all. To be honest, some of my family and friends don't really get why I blog, so the blogosphere is a great space to play in!
And...drum roll please... I also had my story about facing my fears published online by Get out Girl UK.
What a compliment!
Writing about my fear of water was not only therapeutic but a positive message to others and after overcoming my fear, my story is now inspiring people!
Again, I'm pretty pleased with myself! 🤩
So February is finished!
The shortest month of the year, the month of pancakes, Valentines and the Beast from the East!
I'm going to march into...March and embrace what it brings.
Head up, shoulders back, we've got this!
Have you been seeking simplicity? Comment below and tell us what simple things or special things you appreciated in February.
(Feel free to share on social media!😉)
Hi I'm Sarah!
Blogger in The Lakes
I live in the beautiful Lake District
Visit Simply Sarah's Gallery!