Treating yourself to a luxury item or experience can give you a lot of joy, but sometimes, being excessive can be a detriment. In a recent online discussion, people revealed all the things that they would never, ever spend money on. From valet parking to first-class flights and everything in between, some things people refuse to spend their hard-earned cash on are eye-opening!
1. Luxury Cars
Is overpaying for a car that doubles as a status symbol worth it? Many people swear you shouldn't pay for a luxury car under any circumstances. “Loved my old car – when it worked – but found that with luxury cars more so than not have some type of issue and constantly in the shop,” explains one car owner. “Didn't enjoy paying for a car to sit in the shop and have some cheap rental car, so decided to nix that.”
2. Expensive Children's Clothing
Here's a newsflash: Children (especially newborns and toddlers) quickly outgrow clothing, so you're throwing money away if you purchase expensive kids' clothes. Instead, parents recommend buying inexpensive clothes or utilizing hand-me-downs from friends and relatives.
Countless people confess that they haven't paid full price for hotel rooms in years and often pay nothing. These savvy travelers owe everything to the world credit card rewards and hotel loyalty programs – guaranteeing you will never pay full price for hotel stays again.
Fortunately, I know how to game the system all too well. In the past year and a half, I've been to the Dominican Republic and Hawaii twice, and I didn't have to pay a penny out of pocket for my resort hotel stays.
4. Valet Parking
A longstanding sign of being wealthy, taking advantage of valet parking is a waste of money in the eyes of many. “No matter how much money I make, I'll never do valet parking,” confesses one man.
“I will park blocks away and walk a mile before I pay some kid $5 to put my car in the exact same spot I could have parked it in myself if they just weren't running valet parking. So this is the hill I have chosen to die on.” I agree with this guy – it's just parking; how entitled have people become?
5. First-Class Flights
The disparity between economy-class seats and first-class seats on planes is huge in price, but not so much once you're in the air. Sure, in many cases, you'll receive better food, drinks, and service, but for the vast majority of people who utilize air travel as a quick means of transportation, buying a first-class ticket is something they will never spend money on.
6. Anything New
There's nothing wrong with shopping secondhand, especially regarding anything in excellent condition! One woman, in particular, puts everything in perspective. “If possible, I try to buy from Facebook Marketplace or estate sales,” she reveals.
“Let someone else pay the premium, and I'll take your item for 30% of the price. I also have this weird thing about repurposing things. It gives me more satisfaction to repurpose something or get a good deal than to buy new.”
7. Expensive Jewelry
While a handful of people confess to being obsessed with flashy jewelry at a young age, they admit it's a fad they eventually grew out of. Wearing flashy or expensive jewelry in public shines a spotlight on you and potentially makes you an obvious target for thieves. So for many, staying under the radar is paramount as you age.
8. Housecleaning Services
Taking pride in your home by regularly cleaning it yourself is a common theme for many renters and homeowners. Sure, you can hire someone else to clean it for you, but in many people's eyes, that's a sign of laziness – no matter how wealthy you are.
Having an extensive book collection in their home is a goal for many people. Still, some frugal people refuse to pay for books when a more financial-friendly option is available. “Why pay for a book when I pay taxes for a library with thousands of books not just in my neighborhood but in my entire county?” asks one avid reader.
10. Food Delivery Services
In the eyes of many, ordering meals through food delivery apps is the ultimate sign of laziness – and a complete waste of money. Society, after all, flourished before the era of ordering food from your phone, and billions of people worldwide survived without it. Yet, in 2023, people seemingly have no problem throwing their hard-earned money down the drain!
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