We all know that if we’re doing a big shop that requires a trolley, we’ll need a £1 coin – or one of those fake coins your parents have attached to their keyrings.
We know this and yet – every single time – we forget that sneaky little coin we need to free a trolley from its chains.
This is endlessly frustrating, and while we could use this irritation to motivate us to keep a quid in our bags or invest in a proper keychain, we all know that won’t happen.
Instead we’ll just latch on to any hack we can find to work around our own lack of organisation.
And so, behold, fellow coin-forgetters, as one woman has revealed an easy way to trick the big guys (meaning the trolley… manufacturers, we think?) into letting us cart around our multibuys.
It’s simple: If you don’t have £1 for a trolley, you can shove your key in the trolley’s slot instead.
Summer, known as @leninsgf_ on Twitter, wrote: ‘Life hack if you ain’t got a quid for a trolley’, along with a photo of her genius.
Of course it’s important to note that this only works for certain keys – they’ll need to have a round head that’s around the size of a coin. So do check your key’s shape and size before you count on it for your next shopping trip.
Summer isn’t the first person to do this trick, as many people have piped up to say they’ve been doing it for years. This is probably true, and thus will seem like an obvious technique to many, but please, spare a thought for all us silly people who never considered sticking a key in a trolley. For us, this is a game-changer.
If you are lucky enough to have a correctly shaped key and try this trick for yourself, please do remember to remove your key from the trolley once you’re done. You can’t blame us if you forget and end up locked out of your house with a load of shopping.
If you don’t have a key that works for this specific hack, never fear, for there are other methods you can attempt for the next time you forget to bring a £1 coin.
One shopper previously revealed that a chocolate button can do the trick (although why you’d have a spare chocolate button but not a £1 coin is beyond us), while others rely on stacking two 20p coins on top of each other.
You can also go ahead and ask someone working at the supermarket – most of the time they’ll be sympathetic to your plight and help you out.
Or you can suck it up, be responsible, and just get one of those fake coins that you know you really should just keep handy. We haven’t succeeded at this technique yet, but perhaps you could. Best of luck.
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