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What Do You Waste Money On?

Posted By Jessica Fisher On October 3, 2013 @ 8:27 pm In Budget Living,Frugal Friday | 14 Comments

What Do You Waste Money On?

This article [4]crossed my path this week. It’s a list from Dave Ramsey [5] of things that Americans waste money on. We often spend money on things that are truly superfluous, unneccessary, useless, or without value. I found it to be a really interesting list. The top three items?

  1. Credit card interest
  2. Deal websites
  3. Appetizers

I’m honestly not sure if these were listed in any specific order, but those are the first three mentioned. Hubs and I both went through the entire list [4] and were pretty relieved that we were doing okay on most of the things on the list. Go ahead and browse the list and see how you measure up.

Of course, we both had freddos from Peets earlier this week — but at least we used a BOGO coupon!

If I stop to think about it, I think that I waste money on things that I buy in the hopes of putting them to good use: books I don’t get around to reading, ingredients that I don’t end up using before they go bad, craft supplies that never get crafted, school curricula that never gets used.

This was really bad when I was a seamstress (sort of) and worked in a fabric store. I would envision all kinds of beautiful garments, bought the fabric and patterns and notions and then never got around to finishing — or even starting — the project. I bought dreams and visions, that’s what I did.

I think my biggest money waster is my good intentions. They beat out reality more often than they should.

What do YOU waste money on?


This is Frugal Friday. In an effort to make these weekly financial discussions more interactive, I’m no longer posting a link-up. Feel free to leave a link in the comments. But better yet, chat with us on today’s topic.

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