Well+Good’s monthly series Checks+Balanced was created to inspire more openness about money. Because, for some reason, the ever-ubiquitous use of money remains a touchy subject for many—even if every other possible topic of conversation is on the table. Because of this, you may well wonder how your friend affords tri-weekly yoga classes or your colleague with the same salary as you (or so you think) can buy fancy lunches every day. That’s where we come in: By lifting the thick, tightly drawn curtain to expose how much women of varying income brackets spend on wellness, we’re spreading transparency and hopefully providing some inspo that’s possible to copy.

And while openness about budgeting, spending, and finances is always important, it’s especially crucial right now, during a pandemic, when so many people are struggling financially. Below, hair salon owner Karen Glasgow, who lives in Long Island, New York, shares how the coronavirus has affected her income and spending habits since she closed her shop on March 23.

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