How has the pandemic changed you? We asked our Wellspent community to share some stories about their spending habits, adjustments to their financials, and mindset in the past few months.
I am a master's student in Amsterdam, so I'm primarily living off of the income I made in the years between undergrad and now. I have always kept a budget with my spending (since I don’t make an income) so I rarely splurge on purchases.
Perhaps it's a lot of stress-buying, but I started doing a lot more unnecessary online shopping. Some websites I frequent are having their spring/summer sales, so I'm buying a lot of clothing for the season. In retrospect, I feel like I may not even have the chance to wear them this year.
I don't usually eat out, enjoy cheap entertainment or simply the company of my friends, and consume content and entertainment digitally. So my usual spending overall hasn't changed, but I've started buying different ingredients for new recipes I've wanted to try but never had time for.
I guess, overall, my spending has actually increased...because of all the online shopping.
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I used to spend more time in-store to try on clothes before I bought it. Now I'm doing a lot more online shopping. I guess I have a better idea of my sizing than I thought?
I'm actually surprised that my usual spending really hasn't changed pre and post COVID-19. If anything, I do a bit more unnecessary spending, but I think it's therapeutic and I'm lucky that I can still afford to do so.
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I want to dye my hair blonde! I'm a brunette and dabbled with blonde a while ago, by getting my best friend to help me. The colour was okay (although very yellow) and my hair wasn't damaged, but I only kept it for a month before I went back to brunette due to my roots showing. I want to do it for real now and hopefully, convince my friend to join me!
I enjoy biking, and with the nicer weather now, I went out for a bike ride and it felt nice to feel the wind in my (very knotted) hair and the smell of the outdoors. I haven’t ridden my bike in months since the pandemic hit, I used to ride it to campus every day. I even went out during extra hot days because I just wanted to get out of the house more! It’s sometimes nice to disconnect from constantly being online.
School is still in session online, so many things haven't changed for me—mostly just finishing up my thesis. But I've taken up baking, just like so many of us seem to be doing—even though there seems to be a flour shortage in grocery stores. I watch a lot of YouTube videos to learn recipes!
The people close to me have all been fortunate to not have lost jobs during the pandemic. I’ve always kept in contact with my friends back home through social media (being in another country and all) and money and jobs were always a common topic of conversation as we chatted. I’m probably the only one who has somehow increased my spending, being previously more disciplined with my budgeting.
When my thesis is complete, I'm looking forward to going back to Toronto to see my friends, as my graduation has been delayed.
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