Let's list things that are a waste of money:
-- Expensive shampoos
-- Most brand-name medications (when generic is available)
-- Starbuck's coffee
-- The price of admission to a play directed by Joe Montello
-- A man's haircut that costs more $30
-- First class airline tickets for any domestic flight
-- A date with a woman
-- Credit card interest
-- Congressional salaries
-- Religious tithings
I disagree about expensive shampoo. It is more concentrated and less harsh than the cheap stuff.
Sea salt v. Morton's
Iodine had to be added to table salt to keep people from getting goiter, so there is at least one trace mineral that had to be replaced. Neither one is particularly expensive, so I prefer the less processed sea salt that has a variety of trace minerals and a bit of a different taste.
It's not like they are both chemically pure NaCl, if that's what you are getting at.
Kiss the Grrrls
i love r25
I could have bought a clothes rack for a lot less...
Made in China garbawzh sold at Walmart, etc.
Disagree, R29 - best $345 I ever spent!
Meds, therapy and prayer counseling for my son.
My cable bill ... I have at least 400 channels I will never watch.
Paying for degenerates that have no desire to help themselves
Loaning to friends. Sometimes you don't get it back or it affects/ends your friendship. Just give it as a gift if you can do it at all.
Bottled water is a necessity in some places, such as L.A. where the tap water is GROSS.
R34 are you talking about wall street bailouts?
[bold]A Waste of Money ...[/bold]
[italic]This is not how I personally spend money; but here are some items which are a waste of money. (The list is not in order of importance.)[/italic]
#01) Luxury vehicle
#02) Air-conditioned dog house
#03) Starbucks coffee more than once each month
#04) Any Donald Trump hotel
#05) Jeans which costs more than $30 each
#06) Haagen Dazs ice cream
#07) Ben & Jerry's ice cream
#08) Jewelry, of any kind, which costs more than $100
#10) Contribution to any religious figure and/or organization
My jeans cost $350 before sales tax...
All the above posts plus tattoos
A land line is not a waste of money if you do not carry a cell phone, as I do not.
I get imported bottled water for $1 a bottle at Costco, cheaper than my local convience store for regular bottled water.
Imported bottled water? Buy a fucking water filter.
Dining out for anything other than a special occasion to me is not only a waste of money, but it makes you fat.
R38, a luxury vehicle? Do you like to drive? I guess not. Do you spend a lot of time in your car? I guess not. I spend more time in my car practically than I do at home. I will always buy something more than basic because of these reasons. I LOVE driving. A Corolla just isn't gonna cut it.
R24 has no taste for fine food and is incapable of distinguishing and appreciating the different flavors from different kinds of salt.
Pacific deep sea salt tastes drastically different from North Sea cold water salt. It is NOT just salt. Please educate yourself to enjoy the finer side of food.
The French have the best sea salt.
R49 is a pretentious twat. It's SALT, douche.
Yeah, salt is salt.
You always use it with food and do not eat it just by itself, so expensive salt a waste.
Disagree! I wake up with eyes as dry as the Atacama. I need my lubricant eyedrops.
I'm the biggest junk food eating flyover unsophisticate imaginable, and even I know that salts from different sources have different crystalline shapes that react with food in different ways. Not all NaCl is the same.
Motor oil is motor oil.
R38, What brand of ice cream do you buy? What's in it?
Starbucks is not any more a waste of money than Dunkin Donuts, 7-11, or any other coffee you're not making at home. Why are you singling it out?
I'm with R56, who's calling out R38 for buying Haagen-Dazs. It's the only brand I buy, since it's free of all the additives in other brands.
There's this weird idée fixe that Starbucks is especially overpriced compared to other coffee retailers. (It's not.)
My friend the cheapskate -- and I mean really, truly, pathologically cheap, to the point where I often slip the waiter an extra couple of dollars -- buys coffee at Starbucks.
He has a Starbucks card, which he says saves him more money the more he drinks. I bought one, and it's true. Twice now I've loaded it with $20, and they credited me with $25.
But the thing he does that really saves him money is he gets their free refill, then takes it home and nukes it in the morning as his morning coffee.
I don't really understand why he doesn't make coffee at home, and realize that means he's not the cheapest of all cheapskates, but he does prefer performing his act at Starbucks, which to me means the coffee must be at least pretty good as well as somewhat cheap.
I do not drink commercial coffee In a to-go cup.
I do not drink coffee outside my home, except at fine restaurants.
Definitely coffee I don't brew myself.
R47 When I dine out I eat part of my huge portioned meal and take home the rest. Sometimes that can be 3 or 4 more meals. It's only a waste if you don't eat leftovers.
R48, back around. Motor oil is not the same, R54. Another non car guy I see.
I drive a luxury vehicle (not the latest model) and it is not a waste of money.
my landline is $12 a month, CELLULAR service meanwhile is through the roof, I consider THAT a waste
Premium ice cream is not a waste for me. The cheap stuff makes me ill, literally.
Walgreens - they entered the 'club savings' game late and now charge outrageous prices unless you use their card.
Levi's jeans - unless you pay $185+, your jeans were made in Mexico with much thinner fabric. They will fall apart within two years.
Windows Office - no, you must purchase a new license for your new machine. You may not transfer.
Quickbooks for Mac - Would you like to spend four months rekeying all your data? Good, here's Quickbooks.
Overstock.com - yeah, shipping costs 2.95 and your order will look like a Kmart reject.
Target.com - Yeah, shipping costs extra and your order will stink like feet.
Redbox - Yeah, 'reserve' is more of a concept wherein we'll debit your card, not have the movie that you want at the promised location, and not let you reserve said movie at another location because we already promised to have it at the original location.
HP all-in-one printer - Did you want to scan to your computer? You can't do that because I'm out of cyan even though the cartridge is full. Oh, now I have to warm up again before I decide to give you the same message. BTW, there is more bloatware I'd like to download.
R69, I've also had stomach issues from eating cheap ice cream. Do you know which ingredient I need to avoid?
The price of Levi's is a rip off. Buy Costco jeans at a 5th the price and throw them away after 3or 4 years.
[quote]A land line is not a waste of money if you do not carry a cell phone, as I do not.
I re-iterate: a landline is a waste of money.
If you do not carry a cell phone - you, sir, are a dinosaur. Tar pits are over there.
All Apple products.
Most accoutrements for pets.
I still like my land line even though I don't use it. It's like a security blanket.
My land line is a much better connection for doing serious conversation; ie conference calls, catching up with friends...etc
Plus, the battery isn't an issue...and they are much more comfortable to talk on.
My smart phone is convenient, in many ways, but for any quality conversation I use the land line.
Landlines won't and don't cause cancer.
Let's not forget ...
Along with the Iraq War ...
The national budget for the military and for security, in general, such as with the airports.
A state funeral for that bitch, Margaret Thatcher.
Capitalism is a waste of money
Same goes for Consumerism
Gwyneth Paltrow's cookbook
Netflix and hulu.
I take it you are a gay youngster car nut and do not remember the old Valvoline TV advertising campaign.
I was riffing off the salt is salt comment.
I love threads like this: people who in 2013 refuse to get a cell phone bickering with people who try to justify spending $300+ on a pair of jeans.
It's a waste of money if the pleasure you receive from something is less than the trouble of earning what it cost...period.
Wow. maybe someone should start a "landline" thread.
Designer t-shirt sold at exclusive store and made by child labor in Bangladesh vs. Cheap t-shirt sold at giant retailer and made by child labor in Bangladesh.
Bacon. You got to get the quality bacon.
I'll buy that big 15-pound Chuckwagon brand of bacon at Kroger; it's in a big box.
Much cheaper than any of the other stuff.
I separate it to fit in freezer bags and freeze it.
I'm both schmart and thrifty.
My AT&T iPhone bill - I'm thinking of going back to a cheap ass phone with a 29 dollar a month bill.
Changing your oil every three months.
Premium gasoline for most cars
Changing oil every 3 months isn't necessary? My father drilled that into my brain. I'd love not to have to do that.
Weight loss products. When they 'work' it's the Placebo Effect. When they don't work it's because you have to deal with some personal issue first and then the weight problem symptom will fade away.
Products that need a heavy PR media campaign and praises by celebrities.
Overpriced art as investment (not because you liek it) by posers who you think are hip or will be hip at any moment.
Flipping houses (duh, Captain Obvious).
Fortune tellers, voodoo priests, etc. to cleanse your aura from bad mojo or some curse you must be obviously suffer from.
Donating to churches and other conservative organisations supporting their fight for keeping marriage between a man and a woman.
TV cable bill (when there's an option for a cheaper internet provider solution with a download traffic flatrate option).
Designer clothes. Pay for good quality not for the priviledge to carry around / show off some logo.
Shrinks and drugs. They don't want you to become healthy. They make money off of you while you remain sick and depend on them. And when you are bled dry they will abandon you and leave you in a worse state than you were before with severe withrawl symptoms and more abandonment issues.
[quote]Changing oil every 3 months isn't necessary? My father drilled that into my brain. I'd love not to have to do that.
Apparently not. I just leased a new car (first time)and was asking the salesman at the dealership if they were strict about my maintaining a 3,000 mile oil change schedule (I've always been a faithful 3,000 mile guy). He was like, "Pfft. 5,000 to 7,500 miles is totally sufficient. The 3,000 thing is a myth. Like Shampoo: rinse, repeat."
Yes, the 3,000 mile oil change crap is a myth. I change mine every 5,000 miles and never had a problem. Just check the oil every other month to make sure you're not running low.
I heart r71, and wish he'd posted about QB for Mac before I bought it.