I am a little confused
This has been a tough time for all of us and there are definitely lots of emotions and feelings running around.
I, personally, swing back and forth between loving the slower pace of life and spending time with my kids and feeling so incredibly overwhelmed with work and life and being scared.
When it comes to money I am also having a hard time knowing the best way to proceed. On the one hand, there are things that we can buy that will really make this time easier. For example, supplies, books, and games- especially since my kids have very little (aka basically none) online school. Their education has fallen entirely on me so I am basically homeschooling them. This calls for a lot of supplies and activities.
With libraries closed and the really cheap place I buy books being closed (and I can only get there on public transportation), I am sort of “forced” to buy books for more money than I would usually spend. I usually do my shopping slowly over weeks and buy things on sale. The craft supplies in my house are purchased on clearance, as are the books and games I have. Whenever I see something cheap I buy it and this has worked really well in pre-pandemic times. After all, we don’t do so many projects and activities usually. So my dot paint markers, for example, lasted me 3 years but then after a month in quarantine I’ve already had to buy more, plus paint, and paper, and a stapler, etc. etc. the list goes on.
I switch back and forth between KNOWING that I need this stuff and rationalizing that it is for my kid’s education but then also being very worried about what the future is going to bring and despairing about the money I’ve been spending.
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