Our younger son called last night while DIL and granddaughter were at figure skating classes. During the conversation he mentioned that in the process of transferring everything to his new laptop he discovered that he still had some bitcoins despite having thought he closed the accounts out years ago. Then it was the hunt to find the passwords lol. He got into one account and found it was worth $800 at the minute he looked at it. He was still searching for the other password and deciding what to do with the accounts but was quite pleased to find money he didn’t know he had.
That got me thinking about how our finances have changed during the pandemic. Some things are obviously the same for many people including no travel except driving within the state, much less eating out and substituting streaming services for movies and live theater. I have spent less on haircuts as we switched to a mobile hairdresser who charges much less than the salon I was going to. Clothing has been about the same as has home maintenance and gifts.
Of course right now our food, household supplies and beverages cost more than they did as does gasoline. Starting in January we will be charged more for Medicare and our supplemental insurance and I’m sure our homeowners insurance will go up as will our HOA but that always happens.
So really not a lot of bottom line spending change but our income increased what with stimulus checks and my first mandatory minimum withdrawal happening next month.
I realize we are extremely fortunate financially but what has really hit me recently is that I am finally feeling like someone hit the pause button on my life both because of the ongoing pandemic but also my desire to stay away from crowds as a result. Living in a very quite suburban environment rather than a vibrant city doesn’t help.
So I am both curious as to what you see looking back over the pandemic and how you are reclaiming a vibrant life at this point?