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Has the pandemic affected the way you shop?

Here we are...6 months later into the pandemic. We have been forced to accept this dynamic and abrupt shift into a "new normal" and it has been quite the scary experience. People shopping for the necessities like they've never shopped before. Stock piling almost seems like the most necessary thing that we can do right now because no one wants to ever feel like they have to go without...even the holy grail of them all...toilet paper. Yes, because nothing sucks the most when you have a comfortable home, functioning utilities, tons of food, and nothing to wipe your @$$ with. 

Most of us have been very fortunate to not be so dramatically affected by the pandemic and have actually experienced the very best from it...something I like to consider as a blessing in disguise. Believe it or not, people are still spending their hard earned money and probably more of it. People do not want to give up the luxury of shopping just because we are in the middle of an outbreak. It doesn't matter if you don't feel comfortable going to the stores, no one is going to complain about that, because you can shop safely online at home. We've heard the stories. People are earning more money now than pre-pandemic. They're collecting unemployment, teleworking to save on gas and parking, new jobs that pay better, or starting new successful businesses. In fact, seeing a few extra dollars in the bank account might actually encourage someone to splurge on themselves if they weren't able to do that before. 

Here are few things to keep in mind when you're in the mood to shop:

* Don't go to stores when its crowded. If you can get there as soon as it opens, that's even better or opt for online shopping.

* Before you splurge on yourself, did you pay your bills and put extra funds in savings? 

*The sales are still enticing, are you able to afford what you want?


Here is article from Market Watch that talks about how people have changed their spending habits.


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