You know how sometimes you flip through magazines and they list things on how you could easily save some money? They’re usually typical things like “cut the cord on cable” or “make coffee at home”. Well, I decided to think about the dumb things I’ve spent money on. You ready for my list? 🙂
- Personalized License Plates. I have no idea why we did it, but maybe because this is when we were younger, both working full-time, and without kids. But we had personalized license plates for 3 cars!!! Who does that?! Us, apparently. Even though we lived in a state where it was much more affordable, it was still double the cost of a generic license plate. Sigh.
- Personalized Checkbooks. It was so exciting to get checkbooks that reflected my favorite cartoon characters, or even our school alumni. Seriously. I paid about $20 extra to have our alumni stamped on my checks. I’m sure the people who took my bill and looked at the check thought it was impressive. Ha!
- It was on sale. This could cover so many things. That extra shirt to get the buy one, get one. The “come on, we just need to find $5 and it will be free shipping”. I think I still do this sometimes, but I try to at least be more conscientious of it.
- Going cheap on things I use everyday. I try not to do this too often, but one example is that for my current cell phone, I’ve burned through 5 phone cases in about 3 years. I bought 2 of them for $5, one for $8, and two for $12. That’s $42 that could have gone into a much nicer case that I wouldn’t have to had changed. For comparison, my husband is on his 2nd one, but that’s because he wanted to use a GPS attachment magnetic one.
- The dollar or clearance section. Sometimes you find the most amazing deal. But, maybe the shirt is the wrong color, or maybe it’s only a few dollars so you buy it anyway. Yeah. I almost bought a shirt that felt a little too short on the waist, but it was 40% off on top of the sale! Thankfully, I figured out that there was no way I could stretch the shirt to make it longer and let it go.
So, those are my stories of shame! I know I’ve stopped for sure with the personalized plates and checkbooks, but the other things I have been trying to be better. Well, at least by sharing them, I am aware of my bad habits!
What about you? What things do you waste money on (accidentally or semi-purposefully)?