People may have been working from home a lot more during the pandemic, and they might have been choosing not to wear pants during Zoom conferences, but they're still splurging on some nice stuff, like jewelry.

According to the Fashionista column at, pants may be down, but baubles are up. Manufacturers like Moda Operandi, Kinn, and The Last Line all say fine jewelry sales have risen 35 to 40 percent since this time in 2019. It may be because, if people can't get their nails or hair done, and dressing up (at least from the waist down) doesn't matter as much, then treating your top half a little bit better may be a mood booster.

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We asked our Facebook Friends what they're doing to reduce their stress levels and elevate their mental health during the COVID-19 lockdown. Here's some of what we learned:

  • Tamara's been buying and reading books like they're going out of style
  • Andi's been binge-watching "90s shows for that good nostalgic feeling" of her teenaged years
  • Christie stretches out in her hammock when she feels stressed

Beth's been buying things on Amazon, we've been spending a lot of money on local takeout and delivery food, and gasoline for great day trips around New York state to enjoy hikes in parks.

What have you been spending your disposable income on in order to stay sane?

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