First, let's just admit that these mints aren’t going to impact the economy or help with the very real financial struggle many people are experiencing right now. (If you’re unable to pay for your basic needs, find out if you qualify for assistance programs in your state, or ask a friend or family member for a gift or loan. It’s okay to get help.) While the frustration is valid, perhaps we can approach it with a mindset that serves our daily mental wellbeing.
What lesson can we learn from it? Maybe cancelling some entertainment subscriptions and getting outside to have fun and get exercise will not only save you money but will help you feel better in more ways than one. Biking to work, if you can do it, saves $ on gas AND starts your day out with fresh air and some feel-good endorphins. Ask yourself if you really need to participate in all the materialism that US culture makes us think is the only way to live. You can find great stuff at thrift stores and yard sales—think of it as a treasure hunt.
Try to tap into gratitude for all that you do have, and see how you can help someone who’s less fortunate.