Everything from gyms, hair salons, restaurants and other businesses, have all been shutdown do to the COVID-19 pandemic.
I have had many conversations with people frustrated by not being able to do some of the simplest things – things they have always done in the past.
I sympathize with these people because I know if this had happened ten years ago, I’d be having some of the same frustrations. Truth is – the Coronavirus hasn’t caused much disruption in my life.
The reason for that is simple: I live a very simple and frugal life, devoid of what most people do on a regular basis.
Here are just a few things I’ve noticed that have caused major problems for some people, but haven’t affected me much at all.
1. Not eating out
Now that restaurants are starting to open up again, this is not as big of an issue as it once was. That said, I still haven’t went to a “dine-in” restaurant since the pandemic began.
The reason is quite simple: it’s too expensive and usually not something I have room for in my budget.
It’s not that I don’t do it on occasion, but that’s really the extent of it – a few times a year, maybe.
To put it simply, there just is no room in my budget for a $40 plus meal at a dine-in restaurant.
This is something I rarely did prior to the pandemic, so when the lockdowns happened, it really didn’t have an impact on me.
Nevertheless, this is something that has frustrated a lot of people.
2. Not going to the gym
Another common complaint I hear is that people haven’t been able to go to the gym.
This most certainly would have affected me in the past, but years ago I nixed the gym because I got tired of paying for it.
That isn’t to say that I no longer work out, or I think working out is unimportant. On the contrary, I think it’s vitally important. I just do it at home.
There are several reasons for that (not just to save money). Although saving money is a big part of it, there are many reasons why I no longer go to the gym.
I really just got tired of the gym scene and all the frustrations that come with it: waiting for people to finish using equipment, driving back and forth, trying to avoid times when it’s real busy (which is actually difficult to do).
A lot more could be said, but simply put: the gym is too much of a nuisance to me.
Besides, some of my best workouts ever have been done at home. Heck, I can even work out in my underwear if I wanted.
3. Not going to the barber shop
This is a big one for me. I can’t even believe that not going to the barber shop would ever be a thing for me.
For more that 15 years I got my hair cut once a week – every week! It was a bill that I thought I would always have in my life (until I no longer did, of course).
But it wasn’t the Coronavirus that forced me out of the barbershop, though. By the time the Coronavirus hit, I was already 5 years into cutting my own hair at home.
However, I know how big of a disruption this must have been for many people. I can guarantee you, if this happened 6 years ago, I would surely be the guy complaining everyday about how the stupid virus has prevented me from getting my hair cut.
But this is not the case for me. It’s almost like I’ve been preparing my whole life for this (not really). But not being able to go to the barber shop, obviously, isn’t an issue for me.
4. Not spending money
Believe it or not – some people have even expressed frustration about not being able to spend money because the places they would spend it are no longer open for business.
That seems like a strange thing to be mad about, but when you’re someone who likes to spend money, I suppose I understand where they’re coming from.
However, I celebrate not spending money. I’m glad that the virus has made it even harder to spend money!
I guess that’s because my frugal life has made me that way. But I’m not frugal just because, I’m frugal because I have goals at building real wealth.
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5. Saving more money?
People have said that the virus has caused them not to spend as much money. Some people have complained that they can’t spend it, while others have noticed that they are able to save more of it.
To that I say, “Amen!”
I’m all about saving money. That’s why I live a simple and frugal life in the first place.
I celebrate saving money, so if the virus has caused others to save money, I’m happy for them!
But if I’m being honest, I haven’t noticed that I’ve been able to save more money during this pandemic (I wish I had). The reason I haven’t is probably because I already save as much as I possibly can. I didn’t need a virus to help me realize that.
The virus has only made me realize how little effect it’s had on my life. Which is pretty weird to say since it’s caused so many disruptions for so many others.
I hate how the virus has affected so many people.
The few examples I gave above are only the tip of the iceberg, I’m sure. And no matter how trivial they might be to me, I know they are not so trivial to the people they affect.
I can only say that I’m blessed and thankful that the virus hasn’t had much of an adverse affect on my life.
Is it because I’m frugal? I don’t know, but I’m sure that’s part of it.