As inflation still rages on, it's more important than ever that consumers feel they are getting a lot of value for their purchases. However, some purchases — big or small — never seem worth the money! Recently, men and women met online to reveal everything they consider a gigantic waste of well-earned cash.
1. Oversized Vehicles
Unless you're a farmer or construction worker, I can't fathom why anyone needs an oversized vehicle. Unfortunately, oversized trucks are one of the most popular vehicle segments in the United States. Between the poor handling, lousy gas mileage, and the stratospheric ownership costs, it's clear why most people think anyone who buys these oversized vehicles is throwing money away.
2. Using Food Delivery Apps
It's a shame that so many people are addicted to their phones because certain apps are tailor-made to extract as much money as possible from you! “Blows my mind when I see someone within walking distance or have a car use a food delivery app,” admits one woman. “Call the place directly and see if they have their own drivers.” Cutting out the middle man is the easiest way to save on delivery and takeout orders.
3. Bottled Water
Did you know that, due to strict local regulations, 99% of tap water in the United States is safe to drink? Most of the public is unaware of this information, as consumers keep buying bottled water in astonishing amounts. Not only are these disposable bottles harmful to the environment, but it's one of the most inefficient ways to spend your hard-earning dollars.
Even successful gamblers aren't shy about admitting that gambling wastes money. Whenever you rely on luck instead of hard work to make money, you will only end up disappointed. Countless people regret dipping their toes into this unfortunate habit at various times.
5. Funeral Costs
Countless people experience sticker shock when planning funerals. Surprisingly, it's a very lucrative business to get into. “Having gone through planning my Dad's funeral a few years ago, I was shocked by the cost of various things like the casket, flowers, burial plot, and even the funeral home service,” reveals one man. “I remember seeing thousands of dollars worth of flowers that were sent by friends and family and couldn't help but think what a shame it was that they would all be disposed of in a day or two.”
6. Luxury Cars
Let's be honest with ourselves: luxury cars are status symbols. What's the difference between a high-end BMW and a Kia other than that BMW drivers want other drivers to know their social status? They don't offer the best bang for your buck, from the sky-high costs of these expensive vehicles to the high routine maintenance price. Next time you're in the market for a car, think with your wallet, not your pride.
I wouldn't say many people regret having lavish weddings, but some men and women certainly wish they didn't invest so much money into a one-time event! “Looking back, we both agree we were swept up with stupid wedding culture,” expresses one man. “If we could do it over again, we'd have had a backyard BBQ wedding and travel to Europe instead of renting matching tablecloths.”
8. Craft Beer
While craft beer is enjoyed by millions of beer drinkers annually, sometimes the cost can be too high to bear. Craft beer lovers frequently pay $7-$8 per beer at bars and restaurants, with higher-end establishments often crossing into double-digit-price territory. Even the most snobby beer enthusiasts admit that you're wasting your money by drinking these beers outside the comfort of your home.
9. Making Your Lawn Perfect
Growing up in a neighborhood with countless perfectly-manicured lawns, I never thought the process was such a waste of money! “The amount of time and money people spend manicuring and making their grass look good, not to mention the amount of water people waste watering their lawn is a waste,” reveals one man. “We could all put some basic skills to use and plant a garden or wildflowers, at least have a bit of usefulness.”
10. Cable TV Services
If you're savvy enough, you can find plenty of free TV options, making paying for cable television one of the biggest wastes of money. In addition, when you consider how many unwatched channels are included with your monthly cable TV bill, you'll quickly realize that signing up for a few choice streaming services can cut your bill in half. There was a time when cable TV was a constant in every home, but that isn't the case anymore.
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