Non-obvious ways that the pandemic has changed our lives : The Indicator from Planet Money From smoking more cigarettes to stocking up on meatless meats, the pandemic has changed consumer behavior in some unexpected ways.
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5 (More) Ways Life Has Changed

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5 (More) Ways Life Has Changed

5 (More) Ways Life Has Changed

5 (More) Ways Life Has Changed

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A man holds a cigarette over an ashtray in a pub in Essen, western Germany, on July 6, 2010. AFP PHOTO PATRIK STOLLARZ (Photo credit should read PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP via Getty Images)
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The coronavirus pandemic has changed a lot of things about our lives in some pretty obvious ways, changes that you've probably heard all about.

For example, people overall are spending more time at home than before and less time at the office. Similarly, people are spending less money eating in restaurants and staying in hotels, and more money on groceries. And of course they're shifting to buying things online instead of going to stores.

But there are also some ways the pandemic has changed behavior that are less obvious and maybe less expected, even a little bit quirky — specifically consumer behavior, what people are spending their money on. And that's what today's show is all about: five non-obvious ways that the pandemic has changed spending habits.

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