This chart reflects responses from Question #42 from the Winter 2020 survey, which asks respondents, “Has COVID-19 changed or added other weekly/monthly expenses?” This is an open ended question.
Eighty-two respondents answered this question.
Twenty-four (29.3%) respondents said that COVID-19 has not changed any other weekly or monthly expenses.
Nine respondents (11%) answered “everything.”
Forty-three (52.4%) mentioned increased grocery bills.
Five respondents (6.1%) reported an increased “entertainment bill” including new streaming services, games, and art supplies.
Another five respondents (6.1%) mentioned saving money on gasoline.
Six respondents (7.3%) mentioned increases in their medical bills.
Three respondents (3.7%) answered “yes, unspecified.”
Nine respondents (11%) mentioned having to buy personal protection equipment such as masks or disinfectants.
Four respondents (4.9%) reported saving money by not traveling.
Six respondents (7.3%) reiterated their utility bills had increased.
The data was produced by the Shifting Energy Demands in COVID-19 Survey - Overview, which was administered to 83 people over a fourteen week period between December 2020 and March 2021. Visit the Winter 2020 Shifting Energy Demands in COVID-19 - Survey Results page to view more data from our survey. The project is approved by Drexel’s IRB.
Andrew Rosenthal, 26 March 2021, "Has COVID-19 changed or added other weekly/monthly expenses? Please list. (Q42 Wi2020)", contributed by Andrew Rosenthal and Alison Kenner, The Energy Rights Project, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 30 June 2021, accessed 10 December 2023. https://energyrights.info/content/has-covid-19-changed-or-added-other-weeklymonthly-expenses-please-list-q42-wi2020