Across the U.S., governors and mayors are gradually beginning to lift lockdown restrictions on public spaces and private businesses. As such, the country is beginning to –– incrementally –– reopen again. The bad news is that COVID-19 still poses a serious threat for many people. Though cases of the disease have gone down in some areas, it has by no means been eradicated. Nor have scientists been able to develop a vaccine or an effective treatment. With that in mind, today we’ll share four responsible shopping tips that everyone should follow. Check them out here:
If you’re worried about your well-being or the well-being of others, then it’s obviously a smart idea to have as many items delivered to your house as possible. Thankfully, shoppers can have essential items like groceries and cleaning supplies, as well as “non-essential products” like books or movies delivered right to their doorstep. What’s more, many local businesses are offering direct delivery –– so you can support them that way if you choose.
Buy in Bulk
Buying in bulk is something that many large, successful companies do all the time. Think about it: does a lab order a single macro 5ml pipette tip for an experiment, or 100 at a time for future use? The advantages of buying in bulk are plain to see. First, bulk purchases are very often discounted significantly. Plus, you may be able to purchase items in bulk that aren’t available for individual sale. Lastly, buying in bulk limits exposure. Rather than having to run out to the store every week for soap, buying a 30-pack can save you lots of time. (Just make sure not to purchase perishable items in bulk if you can’t use them all.)
Stick to Your Budget
Things might be looking up in the short-term, but that doesn’t mean you should begin to spend frivolously. Indeed, now is the time to stick to your budget and, if possible, work to pay off any debts that may be slowing you down. Remember, private and public economic situations are extremely fluid. Don’t get carried away with some good news on the stock market.
Use Common Sense
The current economic and public health situation has caused a great deal of uncertainty and anxiety. That’s why it’s more important than ever to remain calm and to follow guidelines set down by medical professionals. Wear a mask, wash your hands regularly, and stock up on groceries to limit exposure to the outside world. You don’t need to go into a panic to make smart choices that will keep you and those around you safe. Just employ a bit of common sense and heed policies set down by local officials and shop owners.