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15 Things You’re Wasting Money On But Shouldn’t

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We all know some products and services are overpriced or not worth the money. A user asked on the forum, “What do you think is the most prominent ripoff people continuously buy?

Here are some responses he got!

DIET GIMMICKS

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“When people are desperate to lose weight, they’d go to great lengths with herbs, diet pills, and “easy” exercise machines.”

HALLMARK GIFT CARDS

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“$5 for a folded sheet of cardboard, a recycled joke, and recycled artwork or pictures of flowers. It’s easier to buy actual flowers.

REPACKAGE SMALLER PORTIONS IN FANCIER CONTAINERS

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“I work in a grocery store. 90% of everything in a grocery store. Oh, how companies will come up with repackaging smaller portions in fancier containers to charge people extra for the ‘convenience?’

PAYDAY LOANS

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“Mob loan sharks charge lower interest than “PayDay Loans” and “Title Loans.” I know too many people who have screwed themselves by starting down that path and never catching up.”

DIAMONDS

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“Biggest ripoff ever! Completely engineered market and value. Rubbish Da Beers.”

BAGGED LETTUCE

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“Fresh lettuce lasts longer and would be crispier if you drop it in a sink full of ice water.”

PRINTER INK

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“Ugh,” just thinking about it annoys me. Oh, and ‘please replace the pink if you want to print. Yes, yes, even if you want only to print b&w. Oh, and hey, are you starting up the printer? Let me try out all the links to ensure enough.’

BOTTLED WATER

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“As someone once pointed out, bottled water is often more expensive than gasoline.”

BUYING JUNKY PRODUCTS

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“Buying junky products to save money.” You have to replace them all the time, which wastes money. Instead, buy something good quality and have it last your whole life. It also often works a lot better. In the long run, you save money by getting a quality product.”

BRANDED MILK AND DRUGS

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“Brand name milk (hugely popular in Ireland), as opposed to the supermarket labeled milk. The price difference is about 40%.”

“Brand name drugs as opposed to generic replacements – I’m talking simple painkillers here: aspirin (Anadin), ibuprofen (Neurofen), paracetamol (Panadol or Tylenol in the US). The price difference here can be as much as 1000%.”

CABLE TV

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“I have never paid for cable in my life. I miss it (my parents had it), but at the same time, I’m using less electricity and getting better use of my time for not having it.”

ULTRA CHEAP PAPER PRODUCTS

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“Ultra cheap paper products. Go a step higher, and notice how much longer they last.”

FARMVILLE CREDITS

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“I will never forget my mom’s face when I told her she had spent over 100 euros on credits. She thought they needed her details (credit card details) so she could play the game.”

SINGLE-SERVE COFFEE

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“K-cups and Nespresso pods cost as much per pound as some of the highest-end coffee you could buy – we’re talking $25-30 per pound. I get that people want convenience, but damn, that’s not cheap. A cheap filter cone ($5), a low-end grinder ($80-100), your average water kettle, and a pound of mid-range specialty coffee ($10-15/lb.) will get you much better coffee, with only a fraction of effort. Cleanup is as easy as a Keurig – pull the filter and toss it in the trash.”

BEATS BY DRE HEADPHONES

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“Specifically, the Studio Model. Although, the Solos and earbud models are just as bad. For $299.99, they claim to offer outstanding audio reproduction. Yet, a model of Skullcandy earbuds offers a slightly higher range of definition and audio quality, and they cost ~$8.00; I’ve seen them go on sale at Target for $5.00. It would be cheaper to hand hundreds of dollars of your money over to Dr. Dre in person than to buy those outrageously overpriced pieces. $299.99 headphones do not have an FQ range near as narrow as beats at 20hz-22khz.”

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