MSN Money released a list of overpriced things that people pay for. Budgets Are Sexy did an assessment, and I figured I would too.
- Theater Popcorn – To be honest, I rarely get theater popcorn. Mind you, if someone else gets it, I will definitely grab a handful or two. But, paying roughly $4.50 for popcorn is just crazy talk!
- Event parking – So I rarely pay for event parking. If I do, I will try to split the fee with everyone in the car – just fair right?
- Printer ink – So I admit. I usually pay full price for printer ink because I buy it when I need it. Well, its time for a new printer anyways… Maybe I will factor in the ink cost when deciding.
- Restaurant drinks – Oh yeah, usually one or two during dinner. It is very convenient when the menus never tell you the price of alcohol.
- Bottled water – I rarely buy a bottle of water. Recently, I have been trying to drink more water, so I have used a washable
- “Gourmet” coffee – Let’s call this “gourmet” hot chocolate. I would say rarely. I recently have switched over from hot chocolate to apple cider at work. I buy the mix and the hot water is free. I spend roughly $2.99 every 2-3 weeks. Not too bad eh?
- Restaurant holiday specials – I rarely do these. Now, if there is a coupon, I will definitely bring that along.
- Movie tickets – Movies in general, I spend a lot on. I tend to “collect” movies and tv series when I like them. I have build my little hobby into my budget so that I don’t spend to much. Now, on movie tickets specifically, I don’t buy too often. I tend to get a gift card for movie tickets, so I know how much I am spending.
- Oil changes – I am not a mechanic, and I won’t try to be. I always hire someone to do this for me. With my last car, I bought the extra service package (so my oil changes are prepaid).
- Airport food – So…. I buy candy for the flight or a magazine. Occasionally maybe a Cinnabon if they have it in the airport. I know that it is overpriced, but sometimes boredom takes over and I have to do something about it. My parents adopted a good habit, where they take all of their reading material that they have put off or that has piled up, and take it with them. Now their carry-ons are very heavy to start, but its a great feeling when they have practically nothing in it on the way home.
- Ticketmaster fees – I go to about one or two concerts a year. Not too bad, right? Well, I try to search for discount codes to decrease some of the Ticketmaster fees, but sometimes you just get get around those!
- ATM fees – I haven’t paid for an ATM fee in years! Wells Fargo is free, and I usually just get cash back if I’m at the grocery store.
- Fund management fees – Unfortunately I do pay these. I haven’t quite figured out how to not pay them. Thanks Schawb!
- Airline baggage fees – I do pay these on certain airlines. I think checking bags is so much easier than trying to fly with them. I mean let’s face it, trying to fit your suitcase in the above compartments when it doesn’t fit? Not really for me. However, try to fly southwest, as bags fly free!
- Hot dogs at sporting events – So I don’t go to that many sporting events, so these are a treat. I won’t spend more than $15 total, usually, so for a game or two a year, I think it is acceptable.
What are your thoughts on these?
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