If I were to describe my pre-pandemic spending habits in a word, it would be “relaxed.” If I were to be more honest with myself, the word would be “careless.” I prioritized convenience over all else, so if I could get lunch taken care of with a few quick taps on my phone or book a last-minute mani to ease the stress of modern-day life, I didn’t hesitate to spend the money. This, I realize, comes from a place of immense privilege, but let me also be clear: I was definitely living at or just beyond my means throughout most of my 20s.
Then, 2020 happened. And for all the truly terrible and tough challenges it presented, the one thing it did improve was my spending habits. In the extra time spent at home, away from the lure of things I could spend money on daily (my office was attached to a mall for Pete’s sake), I was finally able to start saving and it felt good.
As things have reopened over the past few months, I’m spending more than I was during lockdown, but I’ve noticed that there are some things I’ve stopped buying altogether, which I’ve shared below.