We take our hats off to all of you around the world who are currently fighting COVID19. Many of us have been confronted with unprecedented challenges, personal loss, economic trouble and being confined to the limited spaces of our own homes.
At MYKU we have made it our mission these days to look forward. Forward to better days when we will have overcome this pandemic. Hang in there – we’ll get through this together!
What keeps our team going these days is the perspective of better times ahead. Not only the turbulent economic times we’re currently facing as a young business, but also as individuals, this global pandemic has taken a toll on our finances.
Fearing the post-pandemic budget squeeze? Worry no more! We at MYKU got you covered with some easy ideas how you can get back to enjoy life without draining your savings:
*(Do enjoy life a little when times are better, you deserve a splurge here and there)
7. Private Gym
Are you a pro at your home-workout by now? Have you turned your hallway, balcony or backyard into your gym lately? Why not keep doing it!? We are considering to cancel our expensive gym memberships and go on work out on your own terms. There are tons of workouts online for which no machines are needed. Sure, research takes a bit of work, but hey, you can save all your membership costs!
6. Time for a Makeover!
Of your closet that is. Are you still staying at home? Pause Netflix and go edit your closet. Whatever you haven’t worn in a year or two (set yourself a time limit), won’t probably make a comeback again. Time to cash it in!
There are some great vintage websites online where you can sell your treasures (we personally like Vestiaire.com). In return, do browse a bit for some novelties at great rates.
Most of these websites offer pick-ups and shipping from your home, so all convenient and safe.
5. Vacation in the hood
You’ve been in your home for so long, a holiday sounds great. Now most far-away places may be also far-away from your current budget, but don’t stress. Find something close by! Rediscover your own neighborhood and places close by. It’s fun to play tourist and rediscover your own hood. On top, your staycation will support your local hotels.
4. Support small businesses
The economy is suffering all around the world, especially, small individual companies have been hit hard by the impact of this pandemic. Why not choosing to support them, simply by doing your grocery shopping, getting your books and so on at the local stores in your city?
3. Masterchef You
Have you been cooking much lately being at home? Cooking at home can do wonders for your wallet and diet. Now, some of us have been living off pasta in all variations over the last weeks but, no excuse, there’s an abundance of recipes online for simple, quick and nutritious meals online. (Google ‘lazy recipes’ and get started)
Whether it’s conscious eating, less salt, less meat, more protein, you name it. Cooking at home ensures you eat according to your dietary preferences, it saves you expensive dining meals, and some even describe cooking as therapeutic. Nothing against the occasional restaurant experience but think about cooking more at home. Make it special. Theme it. Invite friends. Have the same fun with better food for less $.
2. Think twice
Oh we’ve all heard this before, whether it’s your parents or your better half. But trust us, there is something to asking ourselves ‘Do I really need this?’. So-called ‘Revenge spending’ is on the rise across countries where people are through the worst of the pandemic and while it’s economically important to fuel our business again think carefully if you really need ‘it’ before you spend. We deserve a treat but let’s be smart. Do you really need a new … (fill in what you want to buy here). Better save it. Invest in classics.
1. You are the best gift
This pandemic has taught us the value of interpersonal relationships. Instead of buying some expensive item, think about planning a special day/experience for your dear one instead. Your effort makes the difference. Cook something nice. Do something the other person really enjoys. Think it through. It will be a lasting memory of a special day. And may cost you less in the end too. Win-Win really.
These are just a few ideas how you can enjoy life once things are back to normal without blowing up all your budget. Like we said in our previous post (Link here), COVID19 was without doubt terrible, personal and economically, but it has taught us the value of many things which we may have taken for granted or overlooked previously.
If you’re still in the midst of it, hang in there, life will get back to normal at some point and things will get better.
Let us know your ideas to indulge post-Covid19 on a budget, we’re excited to hear your thoughts!