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Budget-Friendly Solutions for Overcoming 5 Common Lifestyle Changes During the Pandemic

By Jennifer Scott 

During the coronavirus pandemic, many of us have been forced into cutting our own hair, exercising from home, or looking for new employment opportunities, especially if we’ve lost our jobs or had our hours reduced. For others, however, the pandemic has inspired a few elective lifestyle changes such as adopting a new animal companion, learning a skill or hobby, starting an indoor or outdoor garden, or embarking on a new career. 

Whether you’ve chosen to make a few positive lifestyle changes during the coronavirus pandemic or you’ve been forced into doing so, there are some budget-friendly solutions to the various challenges you may be facing. Read on to get started!

Routines Are King

Regardless of what changes you choose to make, it is first important to know that establishing new routines is the best way to stick to your decisions. Having a predictable schedule helps you set goals because you can track them more easily. Your routine should reflect your lifestyle and should change along with you. That said, here are a few changes you can make to make your pandemic experience a positive one.

Embarking on a New Career

Whether you’ve lost your job because of the COVID-19 pandemic or you’re using this time to take free classes and embark on a new career, there are several things you’ll need to consider as you look for work amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Before a virtual interview, for instance, you’ll need to learn how to use video conferencing tools such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams — and you may need to invest in a new interview outfit if your wardrobe could use an upgrade. 

Selling Your Home

The COVID-19 pandemic has made selling homes tougher. While real estate is considered an essential business in most states, open houses are forbidden, and most homeowners are reluctant to allow visitors into their homes. Fortunately, buyers can still view your home through virtual tours and 3D walkthroughs, and it’s even possible to close on a home digitally. Before selling your home, contact a local real estate agent to review your options.

Adopting an Animal Companion

Since the start of the pandemic, companion animals around the world have been helping humans to combat their coronavirus-related anxiety and depression — and it’s not too late to adopt or foster a shelter pet if you haven’t already done so. If you adopt or foster a dog during the pandemic, however, remember to adhere to social distancing guidelines whenever you head outside for a walk with your pooch.

If you’re in need of pet supplies during the pandemic, you’ll save money on your purchases if you order online through budget-friendly retailers like PetSmart, Chewy, Petco, and Entirely Pets. Plus, you’ll receive additional discounts if you enroll in auto-ship for future supply orders. 

Cutting Your Own Hair

Unless you live with someone who cuts and styles hair for a living, you’re probably wondering how you’re going to manage a DIY haircut when you’ve been relying on a professional to do it for you. However, experts at CNET offer the following budget-friendly suggestions for maintaining your hair at home until you’re able to go in for a professional trim.

  • Keep your hair moisturized and conditioned to prevent split ends and reduce breakage
  • Use small shears to trim and clean up short hair at home, but refrain from taking too much off or experimenting with a new hairstyle
  • Trim bangs while the hair is dry or use headbands and other accessories to keep overgrown bangs out of your face
  • Ask another household member to trim the back of your hair, or you can use a mirror to look at the back of your head

Exercising from Home

If you’re used to working out at a fitness center or yoga studio, learning how to exercise at home can take some time and motivation, especially if you’re short on space and don’t own exercise equipment. However, plenty of free online workout videos are available for streaming — and many require nothing more than an internet connection and exercise mat. 

If you’d prefer to use a mobile app as you adjust to exercising at home, several free options include Nike Run Club, Simply Yoga, 7-Minute Workout, and Daily Workouts Fitness Trainer. By the end of the pandemic, you might have a newfound love for working out at home! 

A Final Word

Regardless of your reasons for making these lifestyle changes during the pandemic, some of these changes could actually save you money and boost your quality of life, especially if you embark on a new career that you love or find that you’re more comfortable working out at home than at a gym. Any lifestyle change can seem scary at first, but change can also lead to personal growth, new opportunities, and a more positive mindset overall. And once you establish a healthy routine, everything else will fall into place. 

Jennifer Scott