What COVID-19 Taught Me About My Spending Habits

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Our lives are in a spectrum of upheaval right now. And in times of crisis, a lot of our habits come to the surface—some with surprises. I’m learning a few new things about my spending habits and money management as we deal with the COVID-19 crisis.

 

1. “Essential expenses” is a short list

If you would have asked me in January what my essential expenses were, I would have rattled off a long list. Of course the basics were there. Housing, utilities, and some groceries would have made the cut. But on top of that you would have found a lot of takeout, manicures on a Tuesday, and impulse buys.

There’s nothing like a crisis to break down what real minimalism is. This time has made me recognize not only the obvious splurges that I boldly considered essential, but other small ones. (Vias home from the office when the subway would do, I’m looking at you.) But it also made me…

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