5 Things I Don’t Waste Money On

Today’s post is by Catherine Alford.

Cat Doesn't Have a TV, Especially Not One This Big!

Cat Doesn’t Have a TV, Especially Not One This Big!

Everyone has different priorities when it comes to spending money. Some people value travel while others value eating out as much as possible. There’s definitely not a right way or a wrong way to spend your hard earned cash since everyone places value on different things. That being said, here are a few things that I don’t spend my money on, and I’m interested to know what you go without as well!

1) TV

For over two years, we’ve been a no TV family. As in, we don’t have a TV in our apartment at all. We watch shows on Hulu from time to time, but mostly my husband and I just sit next to each other in the evenings while he studies and I blog. It works well for us and helps to cut down distractions. While he misses having a TV sometimes around football season, it’s definitely not enough for us to go back to it.

2) Video Games

My husband grew up in a rural area without cable TV and video games. It worked out well for him because he and his siblings just played outside all the time. I never got much into video games as a kid either, although I did have a hot pink Gameboy with a Mario Kart game that I played from time to time. Still, neither of us are attached enough to video games to buy a system. Although I’m sure we’d enjoy working out using a Wii, I know I wouldn’t use it enough to justify a purchase.

3) New Cars

This should probably fall under the “can’t afford” category rather than the “things I won’t buy” category. However, even when we do have the money to afford a brand new car, I doubt we’ll go that route. A nice, new-to-us car will suit us just fine.

4) Fast Food

We’ve completely broken this habit since moving to Grenada. All we have is Subway and KFC here, and we don’t buy either one of them. Occasionally we’ll order a pizza, but that’s about it. This has been good for our waistlines and our wallets. I lost 10 pounds right when I moved to Grenada without even trying because of this, and my husband lost 50 pounds within a few months!

5) Pricey Home Décor

Similar to fast food, we just don’t have access to nice furniture and fancy rugs here. I absolutely love design blogs, and I can’t wait to be back in the U.S. to decorate a new apartment. However, I’ll probably go the thrift store or the big box store route to get what we need. Maybe one day I’ll have enough discretionary income to make my house look exactly like I want it, but for now, I’m happy to go without a lot of fancy pillows.

Like I said, these are just some of the things that we don’t want to spend money on, but I’m sure others really enjoy them. To each their own, I always say, but I’m interested to hear about what you go without. Please share in the comments below!

photo by: JohnSeb

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About Catherine Alford

Catherine Alford is a personal finance freelance writer who received a B.A. from The College of William and Mary and an M.A. from Virginia Tech. She enjoys sharing her adventures on her blog, www.BudgetBlonde.com.

Comments

  1. I don’t spend on any of those things either unless you count an occasional veggie sub from Subway. I do like pricey home décor but I try to but it second hand when I can.

  2. We don’t waste on items 2-5, partially because we do not care for it and partially because we are being frugal. The last two cars we bought were used. Who has time for video games when you’re raising a family and blogging? We do splurge on cable TV and expensive cell phone plans. I will look to cut down on these two budget categories in the near future.

  3. Eating fast food is a huge waste of money. I did a bit of math a while back to see how much my fast food lunches were costing me. I spent about $200 more per month eating fast food than I did if I just went home to eat lunch….that’s a ton! Thanks for the great read!

  4. If I could defund the entire fast food and video game industry I would ;) TV is tough. I watch primarily from my computer but I love sitting on the couch occasionally and tuning into whatever’s on. When I get my own place (no roomies) I might try making the switch to no TV.

  5. We’re pretty similar to you, but one of the other big things I don’t waste money on is beauty products and treatments. I pay for a decent haircut once every couple of years, but almost never buy makeup (pretty easy to get away with since I almost never wear it!).

  6. I used to get acrylic nails until I realized that I was spending $100 a month just on nails. I realized it wasn’t worth it. Currently I’m paying $55 a month for a spa membership but I’m thinking about stopping that service and putting that money into my savings.

  7. Well, I can say that I do spend money on some video games. Not a lot, maybe two a year, but I do enjoy them. I use them as a little getaway. Haven’t played any since my son was born though, so who knows if I will get any this year.

  8. Thomas Bright says:

    When I first saw the picture, I thought you were going to reference sporting events. That’s certainly something I don’t spend money on, but it costs my friends hundreds of dollars each year.

    Also, smartphones. I have a cheap pay as you go phone with unlimited texts and plenty of talk time. $25 a month, which saves me somewhere around $700 in a year compared to a smartphone with data!

    Enjoyed the post!

  9. I’m in a similar boat but I do tend to watch a lot of TV (no cable though) which if I didn’t have I might be able to accomplish more with blogging and side income. But I guess we all need our relaxation vice and that seems to be mine. I can go without eating out. Occasionally I do miss the friday night splurge of a good foodie experience, but when I do go now I really appreciate the experience a lot more.

    • I’m a sucker for a good foodie experience too. :) I save it for special occasions. There’s a restaurant right by our house that’s super expensive but also amazing. I can’t wait until we have something to celebrate so we can go haha!

  10. I stopped fast food many years ago. I like food too much to frequent the usual fast food places. I still go for cheap places, but the food has to be good!

  11. I wish I didn’t spend money on fast food. Actually it’s not really “brand name” fast food so much as grabbing a sandwich here and there. It’s something I’m working on getting better at. It will be good for my waistline and my wallet.

  12. Bryce @ Save and Conquer says:

    Congrats on losing weight by cutting out fast food.

    TV cable is costing us $100/month. I would be happy to lose it and go to Hulu, but my wife balked the last time I mentioned it. Unfortunately, we are shielded from the over-the-air broadcast tower, so we can’t get local channels that way. I may introduce the idea of cutting our service to the basic plan, which would get local channels and a handful of others for $45/month. ($25/month is for HD. I could get it as low as $20/month for basic, but I want HD.) I think I’d have to add Hulu Plus for $8/month as part of the negotiations.

  13. TV is the big one we just cut out. I am sad about how much we’ve probably wasted over the years on that. I don’t miss it at all.

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