There are some things in life that we buy and use all the time. Computers, cars, and tooth brushes come to mind! However, there are tons of other items that we’re exposed to every day via advertisements that are not good buys. In fact, they can be money wasters.
I think it’s always important to evaluate an item by a cost-per-use. For example, you might only wear a pair of $40 red heels once a month, but you’ll probably use your $40 coffee pot every single day. So, below I’ve gathered some items that I personally don’t think are worthy of my hard earned cash, but you might disagree!
1. Small Appliances
I recently went to the store to buy a toaster, and I was pretty amazed at all the random appliances that I saw. Cake pop makers, donut makers, grilled cheese makers, and endless appliances to make the perfect egg were all over the store. While I imagine that there are some people who get use out of these every single day, others might buy them on a whim and never use them.
Most of these appliances were inexpensive, in the $15-$30 range, but if you had 3-4 of them in your house, well that’s a hundred bucks that you could have used for something else!
2. Gym Memberships
This category does not include people who make working out a part of their everyday life but more the average person who works out sometimes. As we all know, the beginning of the year is when most people buy their gym memberships. They make New Year’s resolutions to get in shape and then their gym attendance tapers off towards the end of the year.
I’ve even had friends who had multiple gym memberships because they joined a traditional gym and then also have a Crossfit gym. Maybe I’m just not that into fitness, but I can do a lot of working out with some YouTube videos in my living room, and those are free!
I love magazines; I really do. However, living out of the country for three years and seeing $25 People magazines in the grocery store really got me out of the habit. Sometimes I see magazines in the stores here in the States, and I’m tempted to buy them.
However, one look at the $3.99 price tag on the back always turns me off. Plus, I get my entertainment from reading the news online and blogs, which are typically free.
This is definitely a topic that’s up for debate. I tend to shy away from warranties. For example, I didn’t buy Apple Care for any of our computers (knocks on 42,982 wood surfaces.) However, I would probably buy a home warranty when it’s time to purchase a house if I thought it was reasonable.
One way to get around this is to have an emergency fund to help you pay to repair items if they break. Again, this is one topic not everyone will agree on!
What are some other things that people buy but never use?