Family Mart Snack Run with the Beep™ Card

If there's one thing I really dislike handling in public, it's money; be it when I'm commuting, running errands or just popping by a convenience store to grab some midnight snacks. It's a little bit of a hassle to have to bring out my wallet, and sometimes it takes up more time than I want it to.

Recently the beep™ card, launched in 2015 as a unified tap & go card for the three main railways (LRT & MRT) in Metro Manila, has been made available to be reloaded and used to purchase goods in 80 FamilyMart branches. Just when I thought the beep™ card as a unified payment system for our railways and other public transport was enough, they make it even tons more convenient for us to reload and use it in our everyday lives.

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The other night I got a little craving for some junk food, I dragged Gab along with me and he document our late night snack run. I grabbed my usual favorites: chips, some snapple, nerds, and the one thing I always visit FamilyMart for: Sushi. I also grabbed a magazine for Gab just because he was nice enough to drive me to the nearest FamilyMart.

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We spent a good 40 minutes in FamilyMart, mostly it was me going around trying to decide what I really wanted and then deciding to just eat it there. Haha. When it came to paying for my food, all I had to do was bring it up to the cashier, they rung up the items and then I simply tapped my beep™ card to pay. It literally took seconds, as opposed to when I have to use cash. There's no more need to grab my wallet, count cash or even wait for change.

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I can just imagine college kids and young professionals (which is you guys, my lovely readers) taking advantage of the beep™ card because it really is such a great convenience in terms of time saved and public safety. Imagine having no need to line up to buy train tickets anymore, or grabbing a quick coffee at FamilyMart before class or work and just tapping to pay. It's also a great way to budget your weekly/monthly expenses where you can set aside a budget for commutes and keep track of how much you're spending on traveling. I'm so happy that we're slowly advancing in terms of contactless payment solutions in the Philippines. :-)

beep™ cards can be purchased in any of the LRT and MRT stations and reloadable up to Php 10,000, and is valid for 4 years. Aside from FamilyMart branches, you can use beep™ cards in all three elevated railyways (LRT 1, LRT 2 and MRT 3), as well as select point-to-point bus lines (something I'm excited to try out as well!) and CAVITEX.

For more information on beep™ cards:

www.beeptopay.com www.facebook.com/beepcardph www.twitter.com/beep_card