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Whichever category you fall into, there is probably a thing or two that you think is a complete waste of money. Recently, someone asked the question, “What do you think is a complete waste of money?”
One user said, “Extended warranty on low-cost goods.”
Another user replied, “Or with a good manufacturer’s warranty. No, home depot, I don’t want your 2-year warranty on a Milwaukee drill with a 5-year warranty out of the box.”
A third user added, “I got offered an extended warranty on a $10 tire gauge a few days ago.”
A Redditor commented, “Little edible gold flakes on food.”
A second Redditor added, “Same with anything “gold” skincare, like gold masks or gold-infused products. It’s literally chosen because it’s inert and does nothing.”
Buying New Phones Constantly
A most liked comment was, “Buying a new phone every year.”
A user replied, “Agree. I’m one of those people who waits for there to be a big upgrade whenever I get a new phone. Getting what is essentially almost an identical phone every single year always seemed so wasteful to me.”
One Redditor replied, “My when my roommate moved in, he owned 4… Now he has about a thousand (not an exaggeration). I hate them so much.”
A second Redditor commented, “I loathe Funko pops. They are ugly. They are like the Hummel figurines for millennials with no taste.”
A user added, “I am SO happy I managed to stop. Breathing so much easier, no coughs anymore, not smelling like an ashtray, and you basically get paid for it (by saving money)? Best deal ever! If you’re thinking about it, stop now!”
One comment was, “In high-end fashion, there is a cut-off point where extra money spent is just purely for the name, and there is no improvement in quality or appearance of clothing, like Gucci, etc. The stuff always looks tacky, IMO.”
One Redditor replied, “Spending a load on a wedding. Could never understand it, and it’s also a massive joke to expect your guests to fork out a ton on gifts, an outfit, and if you’re part of the wedding party, there are a ton of other expenses.”
Food Delivery Apps
A user commented, “Food delivery through apps such as UberEats, Foodora, Doordash, etc. Inflated menu prices to cover the cost of the platform cut and then the platform’s service fees? Nah. I’m good.”
Video Game Skins
One popular comment read, “Over covid, I got really into Fortnite as a fun thing to do as a family. We got really competitive with it and had a lot of fun. My husband told me of a site where you fill out what skins, emotes, etc., you have, and it tells you how much money you spent. I will never look.”
A Redditor replied, “All MLMs are scams, lol.”
A second Redditor commented, “Buying from them? Debatable. Being a salesperson for them? That’s the ripoff.”
The Supreme Company
One user commented, “Anything made by Supreme.”
Another user added, “Low-quality products with a basic logo made in Microsoft Paint, and somehow it costs $200…I’ll never understand it.”
One comment was, “Buying lottery tickets, lol.”
A user replied, “My folks always called the lottery the “idiot tax.”
A third user added, “I did the math. My grandma has spent almost 10k in her life on the lottery. Complete freaking waste.”
A Redditor replied, “Expensive clothing for babies and kids in general. Why pay so much for clothing your baby will wear for a few months?”
Another Redditor added, “I couldn’t agree more… I’ve never said anything to the parents around me who do this… their money their choice… but WTH!! $100 Nike for a baby who can’t even walk? Or some fancy brand jumper I’ve seen on the kid once? Yea, no, sorry… I’ll buy the $3 t-shirts and $15 jumps for my kid, who grow out of them quicker than I can wash them.”
A user simply wrote, “NFTs are a waste.”
Another added, “NFTs are a terrible waste of money.”
Paying to See People’s Pics
One Redditor wrote, “There are only a couple of people I would even consider paying to see n**e. And even after that consideration, I wouldn’t do it. I know it’s more than just nudity. Some don’t pose n**e at all, but I still don’t get the appeal.”
A most liked comment was, “Buying a Starbucks coffee once per day costs you about 1.6 thousand dollars every year. Making Folgers at home costs you a lot less.”
Another comment read, “Just want to say I did the math. There are about 260 work days a year, according to my google machine. Assuming I never go on vacation or call in sick, I would spend $1690 on my Starbucks habit yearly.”
One Redditor said, “I have terrible nails (derm told me that it’s just genes and not much I can do), and I had gels for a long time, but I kept them short, not much past my fingertip. I stopped during the pandemic and honestly don’t miss it, even if my nails don’t look great.”
A user commented, “Paying for “premium” membership on online platforms, whether it be dating, books, movies, games, etc.”
One popular comment read, “Paying $15 for a combo at a fast food restaurant and then realizing while you’re eating you could have gone to the restaurant next door and had a quality sit-down meal for the same price.”
Camera-Enforced Traffic Tickets
One Redditor said, “I just got one of these. Haven’t had a ticket in 10+ years and received one in the mail for making a right turn after the light turned red for .8 seconds. The fine itself was $35. After many BS fees were tacked on, I was out $490.00. Happy cake day!”
Redditors came up with many items that seem like a waste of money. What is something you think is a waste?
This article was inspired by the internet and does not necessarily reflect the views of Motherhood Life Balance.
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