Watch Out! 4 Things That Are More Expensive Than I Thought

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More Expensive Than I ThoughtAs I get older and go through life’s fun twists and turns, I’ve realized that there are many, many things that are far more expensive than I realized. Sure, I knew that buying a home would cost a pretty penny in addition to things like college tuition. However, below are a few things that caught me off guard in terms of their prices. Am I the only one?

1. Sofas

My husband and I hardly own any furniture. We sold it all when we moved to Grenada and right now we are living next door to my in laws borrowing some of theirs. When we move in May, we will start with a blank slate.

So, in preparation for that, I’ve been looking at sofas. Holy moly – Why are they so expensive? I’m fine with buying a used sofa or one that is really, really on sale during some closeout, but I’m left wondering how anyone affords to just spend $700 on something to sit on.

2. Maternity Clothes

I know that clothes in general can be pretty expensive depending on the brand, but I was not prepared for how expensive maternity clothes would be! It seems almost unfair that women need to buy new clothes only to have the prices jacked up just because they are pregnant. I found most of my maternity clothes at second hand stores and towards the end of my pregnancy, I just started wearing my husband’s shirts. Hey I work from home; I’m not trying to win any beauty contests.

3. Pet Ownership

Raise your hand if you’ve ever shelled out a few hundred dollars for your pet unexpectedly. When I got my dog, I fully admit that I had no idea how much she would cost us. For a relatively healthy rescue mutt, she has sure put us through a fair share of emergency moments, like the time she ate an entire bar of pure organic dark chocolate the night before we were supposed to leave Grenada with her on the plane. That was a fun time and pricy vet bill! For the record, she made it home with us to the States safely, just a little worse for wear after they pumped her stomach.

4. A Paid Off Car

When you pay off your car or in my case, when your parents give you a car for college and it’s all paid off, you think you’ve got it made. After all, doesn’t everyone want to enjoy their vehicle without those pesky monthly bills? Well, as I’ve found out from owning my paid for car the past 10+ years, a paid off car is still costly! As it gets older, things break more regularly and eventually you’re going to need a new one! We’re not quite there yet, but it won’t be long before we add to the fleet.

I’m sure these aren’t the only things that are more expensive than I previously thought. What are some other examples that you can think of? Anything crazy expensive that you thought should be cheaper?

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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. Maternity clothes are very expensive, but when I was pregnant, I didn’t buy lots of maternity dress. I only have a few clothes since I don’t usually go out.

  2. Bryce @ Save and Conquer says:

    I’ve always saved ahead of time to buy a car. Having the cash in hand is good ammo for when the dealer starts to play games. I show them that I have the cash, have researched the cost, and don’t want to play any games. When I bought my truck, I did all that, and the dealer told me he couldn’t meet my price. I said, “Thanks for your time,” and walked out the door. Another salesperson ran out and told me they would meet my price since I was paying cash. Whatever. Deal was done and I was happy.

  3. I am skipping the maternity clothes. I learned how to do a bunch of stuff on the dog to save money. Clippers pay for themselves quickly. Shots can be given by yourself. Even stitches can be put in when the dog trusts you.

    Dog training is easy, you just have to be consistent.

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