It’s been tumultuous time for all of us. Particularly for my bank card. I have to admit that I have been spending a little more during lockdown than I was previous.
I wouldn’t say by much more, but I have seen a noticeable difference in my finances and my bank account has been on the verge of tears some days.
Ok, here’s my trying to defend my actions now. In my defence, as I have been shielding since March 20th, I haven’t been able to go out anywhere properly, even when the shops have started opening. I’ve had no choice really but to shop online and get all those must needed supplies sent to my doorstep. From Asda deliveries to Amazon parcels, you name it, they’ve landed on my doorstep. Obviously shopping online is a much easier and safer option, especially for those shielding.
I say that I have to justify my spending, but surely I can’t be the only person who hasn’t gone a little spend crazy during lockdown?! I’ve literally stocked up on already pre-stocked things like hand cream, batteries, fairy lights and vodka. You know, priorities and all that.
It’s ok to say that you have overspent a little during this time. In a way, it’s been good for my mental health. I think having that something to look forward to during this tough time has kept me going. Watching the Hermes or DPD driver walk up to my door, read the note on my door about there being a vulnerable person living at the household and seeing them leave the parcel outside the door has kept me going. Even I’m on a first name basis with my postman now. I think that’s an achievement in itself!
In a way, I’ve bought things that I have needed for so long. For example, I bought a new yoga mat as mine was going bald. I bought new dumbbells as I needed a heavier weight for my workouts. I bought some new skin care products and I now have an established skin care routine in the morning and evenings. I bought new trainers for working out in as my old ones were scuffed and scraped. See, there is a positive to me spending more money in lockdown.
So yes, to sum up, I have spent more money in lockdown, for good reason and something which I don’t regret. I hope by reading this post you feel less guilty of overspending!