Extra Reading: On-Line Shopping, Empty Shelves, Slowing Economy

Grocery shopping has been getting more challenging lately. Half the items on my shopping list are not to be found. Store shelves are empty of many basics. Although the empty pasta shelves don’t bother me as I am allergic to wheat. No one seems interested in the chickpea noodles that I buy.

Is the supply chain really as effective as we’ve be told? 

You have a better chance of getting a donut at a Weight Watchers meeting than finding a 12-pack of toilet paper.

We went to Costco the other day and there must have been at least 500 customers lined up outside the store. They were only letting in thirty people at a time to facilitate social distancing. We turned around and left.

If you want to order online be prepared to wait. Superstore delivery used to be one hour – now it’s 3-4 days.  Orders at Costco 9 – 10 days.

So how are you doing?

customer facing empty store shelves

There’s a lot to be concerned about but we should take the warnings about social distancing seriously and do our part to stop the spread of the virus.

Choose to focus on the things you can control and make the most of this crazy time.

Here are a few articles I’ve come across that can help us out.

Extra reading

Take a look at this good information about how the pandemic has affected stock markets and the economy.

Retirement readiness

An employment lawyer answers questions about being laid off due to corona virus, working from home and reduced wages.

Here are some tips on working from home.

Could the gig economy work for you if you’ve been laid off?

Retirement Living

I hear that home cooking is on the upswing, but I think it is more likely delivery services like DoorDash and Skip the Dishes are cleaning up. If you’re finding that the shelves are empty in your grocery store here’s a guide on how to turn staples your have in your pantry into complete meals.

If you’re getting bored try out some of these funky things to do in social isolation.

Now that spring weather has (almost) arrived you’ll want to get outside and start on your exterior maintenance.  Here’s a printable checklist.

Money Puzzle

To help seniors whose investment portfolios were hit hard in the pandemic-driven stock market decline, the federal government has reduced the minimum withdrawal from Registered Retirement Income Funds for this year by 25 per cent. Get the full details here.

Personal finance writer Kelley Keehn shows how to avoid the many financial scams proliferating in this pandemic.

What should retirees do with their investment portfolios after an almost 30% drop in value? Whatever you do don’t panic and convert it all to cash.  Jason Heath gives some perspective on the stock market crash.

Health

If you’re worried about your health, family, the economy, and your cash flow, you might be finding it hard to get a good night’s sleep.  Read these expert tips on how to sleep better.

It’s especially important right now for self-care to help relieve stress.  Here’s some helpful stress relievers.

Keep your immune system strong with a good diet.

The bottom line

There’s no way to predict how this is all going to play out. 

That’s why it’s important for the sake of your mental well-being to take stock every once in a while, find something productive to do, treat yourself to a little luxury, cherish your family and friends even if it’s from afar, and keep your sense of humour.

In the meantime, I’d love to hear some specific things you’re doing to keep yourself busy during this time! What are you working on? What are you doing just for yourself?

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