7 Things I Bought During the Pandemic to Make You Feel Better About Your Financial Decisions
We’ve all done things we aren’t proud of. When COVID-19 hit, and we all realized we’d be stuck at home for more than a few days, the thought occurred to many of us: “What do I want out of life?”
The answer for some was to learn a new skill or language, or to spend more time with family. For a lot of us the answer was “Stuff.” But fret not impulse-buyers, for I am one of you. Hopefully after reading this list, you can come to terms with your own bank account and own your worst quarantine purchases.
1. Upgrading my Gaming Set-Up
Before COVID-19, I owned an Xbox 360 and a 2-year-old gaming laptop. What started with a pair of speakers, escalated into a full desktop set-up, complete with a new desk, new chair, new microphone, dual 1440p monitors, light-up RGB accessories and a top-of-the line gaming PC. Easily my least responsible set of purchases, but I have had no trouble playing any game or running any program. To be fair, I only play 16-bit indie titles.
2. A MIDI Keyboard for Music Production
As someone who decided to teach themselves piano during the pandemic, I thought I could try my hand at producing music. This was specifically aimed at the promos I edit for my friend’s amateur pro-wrestling matches. I have yet to use this in any meaningful capacity. At least I got it on sale.
3. A 2020 Macbook Air
Yes, I bought two computers during the pandemic. This one, however, is much more portable than a desktop PC or my old gaming laptop, and it is way more comfortable to type on, which is how I’m compiling this list right now. Despite my PC Gaming, I’m also diving deeper into the Apple ecosystem. I’ve also written two pilots and a spec script on this baby, so I’m chalking it up to “worth it”.
Books I Haven’t Read
Yes, publishing is a struggling industry. And everyone should read more. And you can get books digitally or at your local library, but I really wanted to own a bunch of books and be able to say I’ve read them. I do not have a count of the books I’ve purchased (I’ve also received several as gifts) but my reading to-do list is about 40 books strong now, so I’m confident I may have over-indulged in my quest to fill my bookshelf. Now I’m just like my dad.
Video Games I Haven’t Played
Any PC gamer is familiar with the seasonal Steam sales and their ability to draw you in with crazy discounts. I bought nearly every Sonic the Hedgehog game for around $10 at some point, and have yet to open one of them. Other purchased but unplayed collections include The Spyro Trilogy Remastered, Far Cry 1–5, all the new Tomb Raiders, LEGO Batman, LEGO Marvel, LEGO Harry Potter, and a litany of Star Wars games.
Don’t be like me. Play your games.
At 25, I feel like I should be well-past the “decorate your room with posters” phase, but the truth is I never really went through it in my teens or early-twenties. I had this big blank wall staring at me for my first few years out of college, mostly because I never knew when I’d end up moving. Plus, why spend the money decorating when you need to buy burritos every day because you’re 22 and still haven’t learned to cook? Anyway, my roommates and I re-decorated our house significantly, but I decked out my room with fan art of artists, authors and auteurs I love. All that being said, shit’s expensive. I probably spent $200 on wall-filler. It’s all about what you value, I suppose.
These Split-Colored Chuck Taylors
This was my first pandemic purchase that I made on the clothing exchange app Poshmark. I wore them once on a day I did not leave the house. I don’t really like the Frankenstein stitching that divides the black and grey straight down the middle. Don’t ask me why I bought them.
So yes, these are all frivolous purchases, but they all serve a purpose (well, mostly). And thanks to COVID relief, I’m not in any kind of credit card debt. As long as you enjoy what you bought, no one can tell you it’s not worth it.
Other regrettable/miscellaneous items include a messenger bag, a one-year premium subscription to Dropbox, a rather large whiteboard and a 20-pack of pants hangers.