This chart reflects responses from Question #42 from the Spring 2020 and Winter 2020 surveys, which asks respondents “Has COVID-19 changed or added other weekly/monthly expenses?” This is an open ended question.
One-hundred and sixty-two respondents answered this question. Forty-seven respondents (29%) reported no changes in weekly/monthly expenses nor no new expenses. Nine respondents (5.6%) reported “everything.” Eighty-two respondents (50.6%) mentioned increases in their grocery bill. Two (1.2) respondents reported spending less on groceries. Five respondents (3.1%) reported spending more on entertainment such as streaming services, games, or craft supplies and another five respondents (3.1%) reported spending more on gasoline. Six respondents (3.7%) reported spending more on medical bills. Five respondents (3.1%) answered yes but did not specify. Thirteen respondents (8.2%) mentioned spending more on PPE. Sixteen respondents (9.9%) reported spending less on commuting.
The data was produced by the Shifting Energy Demands in COVID-19 Survey, which has been administered to 169 people over two time periods. The Spring 2020 survey was administered to 86 people between May and June, and the Winter 2020 survey was administered to 83 people between December 2020 and March 2021. Visit the Shifting Energy Demands in COVID-19 - Spring + Winter 2020 Survey Results page to view more data from our survey. The project is approved by Drexel’s IRB.
Andrew Rosenthal, 25 March 2021, "Has COVID-19 changed or added other weekly/monthly expenses? Please list. (Q42 S+W 2020)", contributed by Andrew Rosenthal and Alison Kenner, The Energy Rights Project, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 7 April 2021, accessed 10 December 2023. https://energyrights.info/content/has-covid-19-changed-or-added-other-weeklymonthly-expenses-please-list-q42-sw-2020