You don’t have to be a cheapskate to admit that there are plenty of items that are overpriced. There is a difference between holding onto your money and wasting money on purchases that could be avoided if there are a few changes made in your life. While you certainly get what you pay for, the ease at which you can get products is a factor in why the price is driven up, so there are plenty alternatives if you don’t mind doing a little work.
Going to the Movies
Now you could say the same about going to sporting events, but I happen to still enjoy going, so I will just pick on movies right now. $12 to see an average at best movie, plus $7 for popcorn and $7 for a drink (or $12 for something with alcohol), and it’s no wonder why you can’t take a family to the movies these days unless you go to a matinee show and skip the concessions. With the amount of content on-demand at home, and the quality of home-theatre, it’s a wonder why the movies aren’t losing more money.
While a single bottle may cost you a couple dollars, you can find a case at the grocery store for under $5, so you might be thinking what the problem is. Well if you rely on only this source of water, that can add up pretty quick, so it might be worth getting a water cup to refill throughout the day, and if the tap water disgusts you for some reason, try a pitcher with a filter on it to keep refilling.
It’s nice having a healthy option at work to make your own salad instead of getting a sandwich, but by the time you add in all of the toppings when you put it on the scale you may be shocked to see the price. If you can avoid the heavier items like tomatoes you could see some relief, but the dressing will still at weight (not to mention probably add quite a bit more calories you could have eaten a sandwich instead and not mattered).
Restaurant Soft Drinks
Not only is it probably not good to have that much sugar, and diet soft drinks are just a waste, if you stick to water while going out to eat, you could be saving $5 each time, and that is if refills are included. By sticking to water as well, instead of the high markup fountain drinks, you can save your waistline as well by helping out your minimum daily water intake as we should.
On the Go Coffee
Sure, it’s easy to stop at the drive-thru every morning on the way to work, but at around $3 each time, you could be looking at $60 a month, and that is coffee only, not including any extra breakfast sandwiches thrown in. If you brew your coffee at home, you can set the timer to be finished and ready to pour in your travel mug as you are ready to walk out the door. With the number of brands available now, you can get your favorite, and get as close as you can to the real thing without a cheap imitation that is hard to drink.
If you bought a card at the drugstore and got a little sticker shock when you brought to the register to find it being $7 you’re not alone. By going to the dollar store, you can pick up a card for, well, a dollar, that the person receiving will never know, nor will it matter because a card will probably be thrown away right after you leave anyways, so why waste money on a full-priced card.
It can take quite a bit of time to cut up fruits and veggies from the grocery store, so much in fact that it is worthwhile for the store to sell pre-packaged produce, and you will probably be tempted to purchase. The markup is so high because someone else had to cut up the pineapple that you did not feel like cutting.
It really makes you wonder how much they really make cosmetics for in order to be able to pay those that sell, especially if they’re in layers of people that are having others sell as well, to make enough to pay anyone, that they’re passing onto the consumer. While I prefer to buy cosmetics directly from the store, you still can’t feel ripped off at the high prices.