Smart purchases for the pandemic and beyond

The pandemic has changed the way we shop and think about our purchasing habits. Here are some smart purchasing strategies you may want to follow even when COVID-19 is no longer a driving force in our daily lives.

Foods rich with antioxidants

Maintaining your health is key during the COVID era. While there are plenty of items you can consume to remain healthy, eating an antioxidant-rich diet should be high on your list. Foods like beans, whole grains, oatmeal, blueberries, sweet potatoes and nuts contain loads of antioxidants and are incredibly shelf stable. They taste great too, so you can remain healthy without compromising on taste. 

Foods available in bulk

Supermarkets offer a wide range of bulk foods that are especially helpful if you’re operating on a smaller budget. Items like boxed pasta, dried lentils, beans, canned sauces and rice have long shelf lives and are relatively inexpensive. Most importantly, these items are healthy if consumed in moderation.

Important kitchen appliances

As you would expect, most people are preparing their meals at home—a cost-effective and convenient option, considering the current situation. Opt for adding functional, durable kitchen appliances so you don’t have to worry about being able to prepare meals. Get a new coffee maker, microwave or toaster if your current one isn’t working. A simple frying pan, rice cooker, air fryer or cooking pot can also come in handy. 

Foods with high vitamin C content

Foods containing vitamin C can significantly boost your immunity. Oranges, pineapples, peaches, lemons and other citrusy fruits contain a fair amount of vitamin C. You can also buy many of these foods in frozen form and store them for several months. 

Prescription and over-the-counter medicines

Do you take prescription medications, or do you rely on over-the-counter medications? In either case, be sure you have them handy in your cabinet or drawer. Make sure you stock up—and don’t forget to check the medicine’s expiration date before you buy. This will help you stay on top of your health conditions, ensuring you don’t have to rush to the pharmacy or your local clinic. 

Tea, coffee, soup, crackers

Having standard pantry items available at your house is a must. Consider stocking up on boxed/canned soups, cans/bottles of juice, crackers, coffee, tea, etc. They’re not only soothing and easy-to-digest, you can also alternate the items in place of your regular meals if the pandemic has impacted your monthly income. 

A water purifier

Sure, bottled water can be convenient and easy to carry, but it also means that you’ll need to make frequent trips to your closest supermarket. Why not avoid the hassle and get a water purifier (i.e., a Brita-type pitcher and a stock of filters) instead? You’ll save money, have all the pure water you want and won’t have to leave your house as often. 

Gym equipment

Many gyms are closed these days, but even if the one you go to is open, it may be safer to work out at home. Consider investing in gym equipment if you have the budget—barbells, dumbbells, even a treadmill or exercise bike—to avoid leaving the house while keeping fit at home. 

Ergonomic furniture

Furniture may not be at the top of your “Things to buy” list, but it’s worth considering if you have the budget. Ergonomically designed chairs and desks can offer you a lot of comfort while relaxing or working at home. They’re an excellent long-term investment and will provide value for your money even after the pandemic. 

Final thoughts

Among the many things we’ve learned over the past year is that it pays to be prepared. Whether the pandemic lockdown rules become stricter, another unforeseen circumstance rears its head or you’d just like to live your life with fewer inconveniences, it may be worthwhile to consider some of the smart purchases we’ve mentioned above. 

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