SAVE MONEY TOP 20 purchases that are a waste of money
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Saturday 24th July 2021
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
TOP TWENTY OF THE DAY
TOP 20+1 purchases that are a waste of money.
We throw our money down the toilet buying products and services that we absolutely don’t need, and more often than we realise. Here are some examples of purchases that are a big waste in more ways than one.
- Bottled water.
According to recent studies, water bottled in Canada contains plastic microparticles. On top of that, there’s the pollution caused by the millions of plastic bottles that hold all that water. In countries where tap water is generally of a high quality, using a reusable water bottle is a smart choice.
- Pre-cut foods.
Carrots, broccoli, pineapple, and other pre-cut fruits and veggies can be handy when it comes to making lunches, but the time you save comes at a price. Pre-cut foods can be more expensive than whole fruits and vegetables, in more ways than one. Not to mention that they’re often wrapped in plastic, which creates more waste.
- Disposable razors.
Disposable razors can be used about six times, so you use about 52 a year at approximately £1 each, plus all the plastic they’re wrapped in. To create less pollution and save money, consider switching to a reusable razor with metal blades or an electric shaver.
- Extended warranties.
Need a new appliance? It’s a safe bet that the salesperson will try to sell you an extended warranty. But these warranties are often useless. Most items that are rented or sold are covered by a legal guarantee.
Under these basic guarantees, the good that you’re buying has to be able to be used for its intended purpose for a reasonable amount of time, taking into account what it’s used for and the price you paid. For example, it would be reasonable to expect the new fridge you just bought to last longer than 18 months.
- Greeting cards.
Instead of paying £5 for a greeting card, why not send your best wishes by email or through an e-card? It’s free and will make the recipient just as happy.
I don’t agree with this one. Greetings cards can be a beautiful piece of art although, I know these days good ones can be difficult to track down. The words can be inspirational. The quality of paper too adds to make a beautiful item in itself. A lovely memory and keepsake. The humorous ones too can be special and cheer up the recipient and add to those all-important laughs of the day. So, worth every penny!
- Wrapping paper.
Next time you’re wrapping a present, consider using a reusable bag or box instead of wrapping paper. Or why not use paper you already have on hand, like old newspapers or magazines, to create your own one-of-a-kind wrapping paper?
Now you are getting boring!
- Duplicates in your telecom bundle.
Do you have a landline, even though everyone calls you on your cell? If so, you’re paying double. Take a look at your telecom bundle and cancel anything you don’t use (call display, call waiting, etc.). Review your services on a regular basis to make sure it’s meeting your current needs.
- Baby monitors.
Unless you live in a mansion, when your baby cries, you’re going to hear it. Plus, baby monitors often pick up baby’s every little movement, causing you to wake up and rush in for no reason. Not to mention the fact that you’ll only use it for a few months anyway.
Um, not sure.
- Home fragrances.
Aromatherapy diffusers, scented candles, sprays… The retail market is full of products designed to mask unpleasant odours. But these products are usually expensive and, since they give off VOCs (volatile organic compounds), they can be harmful to your health. So how to get rid of stinky smells? Try an air purifier or make your own potpourri with sprigs of thyme, eucalyptus, or lavender.
Then again I’m fully behind this one 100%.
- Power Tools.
Before you buy a power tool you’ll probably only use a few times, like a circular saw, check if you can borrow or rent one. You’ll save money and storage space.
Avoid overpackaging, especially products wrapped in polystyrene (number six plastic). It can be hard to avoid at the grocery store, where polystyrene trays covered in plastic wrap are used to package meat, fish, and vegetables. This type of plastic isn’t recyclable and takes hundreds of years to decompose naturally in the environment. Instead, try to buy bulk fruit and veggies, as well as food items sold in cardboard boxes or recyclable containers. You can also bring your own containers to the grocery store.
After the excesses of the winter holidays, many people opt for a detox cleanse to lose weight, clean their liver, and purify their body. But not only do detox cleanses not work, but they can actually be bad for you. If you follow them to the letter, it’s true that you’ll lose weight, mostly water weight and muscle mass, but your metabolism will also slow down. That means that when you’re done detoxing, you’ll quickly put on the weight you dropped, and possibly some extra, but your body won’t be any “cleaner” than when you started.
In the last three hundred years, homeopathy hasn’t managed to prove that it’s more effective than a placebo. Might as well skip the natural health products aisle next time you come down with the flu or an ear infection.
- Hamburger patty presses
Do you really care that much that your hamburger patties are perfectly round?
- Rice cookers.
The rice cooker is another kitchen gadget that you can do very well without, unless you have a lot of storage space in your kitchen or you really love your grains.
- Plastic ice cube bags.
Reusable ice cube trays are just as handy as bags, but they’re much cheaper per use and generate way less waste.
- Licenced products: toys and games.
SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, Snow White, and other cartoon characters can be found on a wide array of licenced products like toys, puzzles, figurines, and more. However, the quality of these items isn’t always as high as you might expect, so make sure you check before you buy.
Another iffie one. Some licences add to certain products, to books, bags, hats, etc. Think, Harry Potter, Hungry Caterpillar, Snoopy, some Disney. Don’t kill all the fun in life for the sake of being miserly. There are lots of other areas to save money.
- Plastic cottonwool buds.
Doctors say that cottonwool buds cause eardrum injuries and recommend using a washcloth to clean your ears instead. Another good reason to avoid plastic cotton swabs is that they often end up in our lakes and oceans. In 2020, France has banned cottonwool buds with plastic stems.
- Depreciation on a new car.
Depreciation can account for up to 40 per cent of the cost of owning a new vehicle, so don’t forget to consider it when buying a vehicle.
- Plastic straws.
Like cottonwool buds, plastic straws often end up in lakes and oceans, where they’re a major threat to fish and other aquatic wildlife that are already swimming in an ocean of plastic. Consider buying stainless steel straws or straws made from recyclable cardboard. Or skip the straw altogether.
BONUS. Cleaning products.
These days, it seems like only the strongest cleaning products (“new and improved” versions and solvents) or antibacterial agents can get rid of germs. But believe it or not, a bit of water, baking soda, vinegar, soap, and elbow grease is all you need to keep things sparkling around the house, while a bleach solution can disinfect practically anything.
REMEMBER: The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
– Nicolas Chamfort
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
You get what anybody gets – you get a lifetime. -Neil Gaiman.
Happiness is…cutting costs without affecting your quality of life.
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
“I tell my friends I’m here for them 24/7 because it sounds better than saying I’m only here for them on 24 July.” Andy Field.
Love is…when nothing is too much trouble.
A time to cut back on wasteful spending…A time to think, Oh to hell with it.
1952 “High Noon”, American Western film directed by Fred Zinnemann, starring Gary Cooper and Thomas Mitchell, is released.
1965 Bob Dylan release “Like a Rolling Stone”.
1967 First modern hospice St Christopher’s founded by Dr. Cicely Saunders in London, England, beginning of modern palliative care and the hospice movement.
©2021 Phil M Robinson