I realized the other day that I hadn’t bought any new clothes since January or new shoes since last fall. There’s no need for new attire while working at home during the pandemic. I also haven’t purchased any new gadgets for the kitchen or prints for my walls. What my husband and I have bought were new lawn chairs so we can spend time outside with our family; canning supplies for the abundant crop from our garden that we’ve paid great attention to this year; and an adjustable desk and office chair to accommodate working at home. It seems our changed spending habits are the norm, according to a recent New York Times article. Daily visits to businesses including malls and restaurants are down 20% when compared with a year ago, according to foot traffic from smartphones of more than 15 million people. Trips to pharmacies and hospitals have dropped while visits to convenience stores and gas stations have held steady or increased, the Times reporters wrote. “It’s Econ 101,” Notre Dame economics professor Christopher Cronin told the Times. “People are weighing the costs and benefits of leaving their homes and exposing themselves to risk.”