With only 3 weeks left in the year, I am simultaneously trying to get ready for the holidays, finishing up one of my jobs, make sure I am covered for taxes in 2007, and prepping for what I am going to do with my finances comes January 1. So while trying to think about all these different things, I started wondering what I had wasted money on during this past year…and figured I would share so you could too! (Don’t be shy, none of us know who you are!) I will go first – in no particular order, here are some thing that come to mind that I probably should not have bought or paid for this year:
Another year of .Mac service – I can build my own web pages, I have my own backup service, and I don’t sync my computers anymore. So what exactly do I need this for? Who knows, but I paid for it anyway. – $79.95
Without noticing, SmugMug charged me for another year of photo storage – even though I have not accessed the account in about 8 months. I forgot I even had an account there, as I use Flickr to store my photos now. So I went ahead and closed the account, but not before they kept my $29.95.
Seeing as how I work from home now, I don’t exactly use my cell phone much anymore. When I used to actually go outside for extended periods of time, I used a program called Vindigo in my Treo 650 to find restaurants, gas stations, etc. Well – it’s another one of those automatic renewals that I did not notice in time…costing me another $29.95.
Although I did my best to avoid doing so, we bought too much coffee outside out of the house this year. It’s a problem, believe me. Cost: Who the hell knows, but a lot.
What the heck did I need another Swiss Army Knife for? Really? I didn’t, not at all. In fact, I have several of them, but this one was on sale! Into the emergency kit it goes, so my wife and I will be armed to the teeth with small knives in case the SHTF! Cost: $25.
I bought the most expensive toaster/convection oven ever. I am a firm believer in buying the best you can afford, as hopefully then it will last longer and need less fixing them some cheapo version of something – but sometimes this gets the better of me and cons me into thinking that I need more than I really do. Thus, we have a super-duper toaster oven that toasts 6 pieces of bread at one, can cook pizzas and chickens just the same, and takes up 51% of the kitchen space. Cost: Too frickin much.
So this brings me back to you…what did you buy this year that you wish you hadn’t? What did you spend money on that now, looking back, seems like a waste of your hard earned money. Come on, you can share here!