You typing those addresses with cold fingers or with a stylus? Have you tried "Hot Hands" packets in your gloves? Stay warm! And yeah it's pretty commonplace here for employees to buy what they need for work. I think I spent close to $1,000 on a new desktop pc and laptop to ensure I could work from home properly. I could have borrowed an old, barely functioning laptop from work, but function is pretty important. My husband has to buy his own uniforms if the few they gave him wear out or if he gains/loses weight, etc.