How Simple Cutbacks Can Make Life Easier In The Long Run

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.

Justin, Toronto, Ontario

How has your spending changed in the past few months?

My grocery spending has increased without being able to go out for meals in the area but I’ve been enjoying cooking more. I’ve also spent a bit more on video games as home entertainment.

I’ve been able to stop making student loan payments temporarily which has allowed me to cut my credit card debt easily and focus on savings while I’m able. Decreases in just going out to bars and restaurants have made a huge difference.

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What surprised you most about your spending pre-pandemic vs. now?

The amount I spent just going out to bars and restaurants for meals and drinks. While I definitely would like to go out again I think this has shown me that a simple cut back on this would make paying my student loan off much easier.

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What are you hoping to purchase when this pandemic is over?

A simple haircut and some new shoes are all I really need once things reopen. And a nice dinner out with my girlfriend, of course.

Tell us about your most Wellspent day during the past month. This could be related to time Wellspent, a purchase Wellspent or anything really that brought you joy.

Buying and playing Final Fantasy VII Remake for PS4. Been an excellent way to pass the days.

What new thing did you learn/are you learning during the past few months?

I have been learning to fix old video game systems a bit, which has been fun.

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