In conversation with the Every Lovely Mrs J, I realised that the Jones Crew had not been into town since February. Sure, there’s been the school run, occasional supermarket shop or pick up, but no visit to the town centre.
Perhaps like a growing number of folk, it’s a lot easier to get things online. Not just Amazon, but looking at our recent purchases: school uniform, the lawn mower, kids casual clothes (EMP \m/ ), chocolates for Mrs J, and occasional fabulousness for Muggins here: none was collected from the high street. I would stress the occasional on my clothing and shoe purchases, due to working from home a lot and six months of no Chams visits. Okay, the school uniform and chocolates are postal services from brick & mortar stores, but most is not.
Some of this is down to the ease of ordering online, but there are other factors too. The ongoing repairs to the bridge over the Trent means serious delays in and out from our side. Once you are in the city, well… public transport is great if there’s any where you live, bit otherwise you’re faced with roadworks and the seemingly ever spiraling cost to park. Five quid as a rule to fill in and more if you stay a while. That’s if you can park as busy days mean you’re left struggling. Looking back to last year, I’m glad I don’t work in the city. Queuing to get in, queuing to park, and queuing again to get home. It seems crackers to do that after experiencing the benefits from working from home.
So, we don’t go in. We spend that money on delivery and if you shop around, you can spread or dishes the delivery cost quite well. Plus, we’ve started to eat locally. A few pub restaurants or coffee shops in the nearby villages – a rare treat given the on and off of restrictions – or trying to support businesses in the nearby village. That said, I probably shouldn’t go to the cake shop. So good for the soul, but definitely not the waistline. 🙂
Is this the future as more of us with from home? More home deliveries (psst: please go electric) and more decentralised catering near houses, not office blocks?
All the above aside, I’m hoping to go in and have my wig restyled. It feels unusual to drive in after so long and as a guy of thinning hair, the idea of a hair cut, seems very different. Fingers crossed it goes well and hopefully it’ll support our friendly, neighborhood hair experts at TrendCo.
How has COVID19 affected your shopping habits?