We’re almost 18 months into the pandemic that changed our reality as we know it.
We went from living how we’ve lived all our lives to having to wear masks, stay indoors and occasionally go through involuntary breaks from alcohol.
With that change also came restrictions on what we can do, where we do it and ultimately, what we can spend our money on.
If we’re honest, we’re not the same people we were almost two years ago, many of us have experienced a shift in how we think, especially about money: saving and spending it.
There are many things people had to do without, and most of them – our readers tell us – they won’t be wanting back.
We asked five Drum readers which things they will never spend their money on again – and the answers were pretty relatable.
“They are uncomfortable and tight. I have no idea why and how I have been wearing jeans these past years.
During the lockdown, I gave most of mine away. I will now opt for Palazzo and other comfy pants. If one thing is for sure, I am never spending my money on jeans again,”
–Sakhile Mabhena, University Student
“I used to spend thousands on spa, and facial treatments just to feel good. After being confined to my home for months and months, I decided to learn some DIY. Now, I make my own natural face scrubs and bought some massaging equipment. They surprisingly cost less than what I would normally spend, it’s a total game-changer.”
– Pemla Meli, Communications Officer
“I cannot believe how much money I have spent on rent since I started working. After working from home for almost a year now, I don’t want to ever spend my money on rent again. I decided to cancel my lease and move back home to save up to purchase my own apartment for when I have to return to the office.”
– Ntombie Magini, Project Manager
“I always enjoyed a few nights out clubbing now and then. When the lockdown regulations meant the closure of clubs and early curfews, my nightlife completely stopped. It’s mind-boggling when I think about it; I use to drink out every weekend and spend money on Uber’s every night out. It was such a waste of money. I now make my own drinks at home and I am enjoying that.”
– Binyam Gurmu, Construction Manager
“When life was normal, I used to spend a lot of money on perfumes. I wanted to make sure I smell good. Since the pandemic, people are wearing masks and no one can really smell how good my perfume is anymore. I decided to stop spending money on them.
“I realised when going to the office, no one compliments me anymore because of social distancing. That’s when I realised we all wear perfume for the compliments more than for ourselves. I have been saving thousands ever since.
- Thandeka Mkhize, Management Consultant