1.What were you doing for work before the pandemic?

I was working at a gym, and personal training. I could no longer work at the gym and no longer see my clients therefore no income.  It was very challenging to promote my business online, and have people want to pay me for something they felt they could find for free.

2.What do you miss spending money on these days?

To be honest I’m not a big spender.. the only thing I could say i ‘miss’ but don’t miss is paying for my gym membership.  Because I badly want to go to the gym. And thankfully they have stopped our membership dues.

 3.How do you think your spending will change after the pandemic?

I don’t see me spending much money on anything that I don’t absolutely need. Or desperately want. I live that way always even before the pandemic.

 4.What are your tips on how to cut costs?

Shop groceries at the absolute lowest prices. Find coupons.buy what you need and nothing more. Recycle your outfits.  Get creative. Turn off lights. Hang your clothes to dry. Hand wash if need be. Bike and or walk to stores. Save gas money. And our transit money. (Also better for your health) invest in a bundle buggy.  $10-$20. Quit bad habits that are wasting your money and abusing your body. if you don’t have ac or don’t want to spend extra on energy sprinkle you pj’s in water and throw them in the freezer. If you sleep nude do it with your sheets.

5.Do you feel that there is uncertainty about how your work will look after the pandemic ends? If so, what are you doing to cope with this uncertainty?

I know for sure working at the gym isn’t going to happen . So I am applying for jobs that are essential places ie. Grocery stores, LCBO beer store etc. And I’m still doing training on the side but putting extra care into sanitization. Everything is a lot more work than before. But I’d rather be safe. Also practicing anxiety coping skills because I am certainly anxious


Emily Nixon

Emily Nixon

Rags to Reasonable Community Outreach Coordinator

Emily Nixon is an actor/writer/director/filmmaking Swiss Army Knife. She is also a big money nerd and Community Outreach Coordinator for Rags to Reasonable.

She came to this work after becoming completely fed up with living paycheque-to-paycheque and being too afraid to look in her chequing account. She is passionate about empowering other artists and variable income earners to keep doing what they love and feel confident about their finances.

Email Emily at emily@ragstoreasonable.com

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