“Can you top up my thumb?”

Picture the scene…

We’re sat at SB HQ and Claire’s son George walks in with this request.

Now I consider myself down with the kids, but admit to being somewhat removed from the day to day life of a kid at secondary school. George was in fact talking about his dinner money, (you know, the money that used to buy you sweets instead of dinner)!

Anyway, it’s all done via an online account and he’s identified through fingerprint technology – SILLY ME!

As I’ve already admitted, I am a massive fan of tech, but this new wave of cashless payment is costing me a fortune! It has never been easier to pay for stuff, and in my head, easier to justify paying for stuff.

I’m glad that George can’t get beaten up for his lunch money, (budding Don Corleone’s aside)!!! But spending has got to get harder. I’ve got a few years before my two head into thumbsville but I’m going to ensure that they, (unlike me), get far better at associating the true cost.

At this rate the evil step-mother will indeed feed them gruel…

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