I ‘m definitely not a stingy person, I spend far too much money on obvious things such as clothes, jewellery and travel to qualify as a tight-wad. But the idea of paying top dollar for certain things brings out the Ebeneezer Scrooge in me, and here are five of them:
I fail to see the point of splashing out on clothes reserved for the inside of your bedroom. I currently sleep in a $7 cotton nightie I got at Kmart. Some of my Peter Alexander loving friends argue that ugly pajamas aren’t conducive to certain night time bedroom activities. I argue that no clothes are conducive to those kinds of night time bedroom activities. I have another friend who regularly sleeps in a hideous faded grey Melbourne Demons ‘Runners Up’ t shirt from 2000 AFL Grand Final and I love her for it.
Cleanser is glorified soap for your face that inevitably gets washed down the drain (with your money). I use a big tub of chemist brand aquaeous cream to wash my face and see no difference between when I use that and when I use little sachets of Dermalogica they hand out for free at department stores.
I haaaaaate buying lunch on work days. It’s always overpriced and crap, so I always opt bring from home. On days when I forget my lunch I try to avoid buying at all costs so generally exist on the communal office milo or make the staff morning tea cupcakes from Coles last all day. Slightly extreme yes. Evidently I also hate the idea of buying expensive plastic containers (Tupperware I’m looking at you) so I use ex-take away containers that often leak salad juice into my handbag. A small price to pay.
This falls into the same category as cleanser. Paying $30 more for Estee Lauder mascara isn’t going to make any difference to my eye lashes. Contrary to the ads there really is no such thing as ‘lash defining technology’ or a wand that ‘wraps each lash to make them appear 3000% longer’. In my teens I did a tiny bit of modelling (before I was washed-up, age 17) and every makeup artist I came across used and swore by the same Maybelline Great Lash mascara. So I use that.
Petrol is one of the most boring things to spend money on along with parking and going to the doctor But I also loathe public transport. So to get around this I moved to a regional centre in Western Australia called Kalgoorlie where I drive no further than 5km per day and hence only fill up with petrol about once a month*. Worth it.
What do you hate spending money on?
(* I actually moved here for a job. I would not recommend moving here for the petrol savings alone)