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Opportunities to know about during the pandemic

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Across the country, Americans are adjusting to the new reality of social distancing, self-isolation and lots of unknowns. For everyone, this spring is not one that was anticipated by anyone. This pandemic has caused a new type of March madness by bringing disappointment, frustration and fear. 

However, this new way of life will not last forever. Instead of succumbing to the stress of having your life flipped upside down in a matter of weeks, focus on ways to ease your mind. This time should be about comfort — and what better way to comfort yourself than to spend some money! 

Shopping has never been this guilt-free. In fact, to make up for in-store purchases being suspended during the pandemic, many retailers are offering online deals to encourage economic spending. Here are a few deals from large retailers that you might want to know about:

All Nordstrom stores will continue to operate fully online. They are currently having a spring sale for up to 40% off, with free shipping on any item! 

The Nike brand has also temporarily closed all their stores, but are also offering up to 40% off of purchases online. 

Sephora has a 50% off sale going on, while supplies last. 

SoulCycle is having a sale on all of their online merchandise, with some items marked down by as much as 65%. 

CorePower Yoga is offering FREE access to a weekly selection of classes, as are most of your other favorite workout studios, including our very own Kamps Fit here in Madison! 

To help doctors combat the disease itself, Walgreens has donated 1,500 thermometers for use in California, as well as a $100,000 gift to the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. To ease customer stress, they are waiving all delivery fees on prescriptions and they are also offering free delivery for any product purchased from Walgreens.com. 

CVS is offering a $0 copay for telehealth visits, in order to encourage people to stay home. They are also waiving copays for diagnostic testing related to COVID-19 for those who are Commercial, Medicare or Medicaid members. They are working to waive early refill limits so customers can have stress-free access to their medications and — similarly to Walgreens— CVS will waive the delivery fee of prescriptions. 

Amazon continues to uphold their delivery services, although deliveries are tending to take longer due to the increase in order volume. Amazon’s partnership with Whole Foods has encouraged the online purchase and deliveries of groceries. If you are going to the store to shop, Whole Foods is ensuring the addition of hand sanitizer stations, the suspension of sampling and the adjustment of store hours to help combat the spread of the virus. 

Due to the closing of restaurants and bars across the country, food delivery services have picked up tremendously. Many smaller, local restaurants are joining food delivery programs to keep their businesses going during the pandemic and services like DoorDash are not collecting commission in order to support small business owners as much as possible. They’re also offering FREE DELIVERY for select restaurants! 

DoorDash, as well as Postmates and GrubHub, are offering a no-contact delivery system to limit person-to-person contact between customers and drivers. So if the free delivery didn’t rope you in, rest assured that these delivery services are working hard to limit exposure as well. 

Be sure to check online at your favorite retailers for amazing sales during the pandemic!

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