It seems like everywhere you turn, there’s a hidden cost or fee associated with something you’re trying to do. So you do what I’ve done, suck up the extra cost, and deal. Why? It’s easier than bothering to plan ahead so you don’t waste your money, because planning is full of the bullsh!t. Who wants to plan when you can do it right! this! moment?
Apparently, me. Also, probably, you.
In that vein, it’s time to play, “don’t waste your money!” with your host, Becky, as Herself.
1) Don’t waste your money on that dress you just KNOW will fit you… one of these days (substitute pants, shirts, or um, pants). Why? It’ll fill you with guilt when you see it hanging sadly in your closet, and it will only serve to increase the clutter in your house. Since clutter = stress, you want to reduce stress and focus on the things you CAN control. One of them is absolutely clutter. And guilt over not fitting into that size -2 dress.
2) Don’t waste your money on ATM Fees. Dude. It’s your money. It really is. Chances are? You worked HARD for that money. Sure, it’s annoying to have to plan a trip to the bank to withdraw YOUR MONEY, but it beats the crap out of paying those stupid ATM fees. Last one I paid? Three bucks. That was MY money. If I’d bothered to plan better, I could’ve NEATLY avoided it.
3) Don’t waste your money playing the Lotto – sure it sounds great: you pay a couple of bucks for the opportunity to win millions of dollars. Who wouldn’t want to become an overnight millionaire? (answer: me, but that’s just because I’m afraid of the Lottery Curse). Chances of winning the Lotto? Smaller than the chances you’d get struck by lightening tomorrow. The Lottery is NOT something you want to spend your money on.
4) Don’t waste your money on a new phone right before the newER new phone is coming out (yes, iPhone 5, I’m talking to you). It’s tempting all, “I have the latest in technology, neener-neener,” but really, that extra money you’re spending now can be saved in a few short weeks, when the current newest phone becomes obsolete. So bite your nails, wait it out, and be sure to negotiate your way into the very best deal on your cell phone ever. Be sure when you buy technology, the next best thing isn’t waiting around the corner.
5) Don’t waste your money on buying lunch. Packing your own lunch sucks. I haven’t enjoyed eating a brown-bagged peanut butter sandwich since… well, ever. There’s no room for doubt, packing your lunch is no fun. Going out to lunch once in awhile with coworkers is okay – everyone has to make the time and money to have some fun – but if you do it every day? You’re blowing wads of money. Don’t waste your money going out to lunch.
6) Don’t waste your money on Blu-Ray Movies (or DVD’s) – with services like Hulu and Netflix around every corner, you don’t need to be spending upwards of 20 bucks a pop to see all those special features unless it’s a movie you KNOW you want to see the extra features for. Movies take up a lot of space that could be better occupied with LESS CLUTTER.