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Top 5 Things People Waste Money On

Many consumers (including me!) overspend on a majority of products and services that just really aren't worth it! We could easily avoid overspending on these items, but sometimes it's easy to forget that we might just be overpaying for something. And during this a downward economy, it's essential to cut costs in order to maintain a healthy budget. These items are things that we can completely cut out of our budget! Are you guilty of wasting your money on these products or services?

  1. Bottled Water. Spending $2 on a natural resource that you can get from your kitchen sink is a bit much, don't you think? If you're worried about the quality of the water, invest in a water purifying filter.
  2. Overdraft Charges. An overdraft fee can take a huge chunk of money from your bank account, and this is a highly unneccessary charge. Unfortunately, we can all make calculation errors. To avoid overdrafting, check your online banking statement daily, keep up with your charges, and always keep a minimum of at least $35 in your account. This way, you'll never come close to pushing over your limit.
  3. Prepackaged Food. There is no need to buy a prepacked sandwich or meal from the grocer when you can easily fix it yourself. If you buy bread, condiments, your choice of meat, and cheese, you'll have enough sandwiches to last a week and save money!
  4. Going Out to Eat. This is my biggest weakness--I absolutely love going out to eat, especially after a long hard day. But after reviewing my banking statement from last week, I spent $9 a day on just lunch. That doesn't even include the breakfast on-the-go from McDonald's or the fancy dinners I bought.
  5. Letting all of your money sit in a checking account. Does this one surprise you? Yes? Well, if you leave a large sum of money to hang out in your checking account, you could actually be earning interest with an online savings account! Doesn't that sound better?


B's Challenge: Avoid spending your money on these items for a week and see how much better off your bank account is!

Posted on April 18, 2011 at 7:00AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

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Buying fresh sushi everyday for lunch is how I lose all of my money! But home made sandwiches are just not as tasty!

posted by

been trying to eat in as much as i can these days :) i do admit it's helping my wallet but there's one problem....my shopping addiction isnt helping D:

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Eating out and shopping are the two top things that I spend most of my money on. But from now on I'm going to learn how to cook so I don't eat out as much, and sell my clothes that I don't wear as much on Ebay to make room for new clothes and don't need to fork out more money :D

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