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Nothing makes us feel more guilty than knowing we’re wasting money as we willingly waste money, images of our end-of-the-month bank statements flashing before our eyes like a fruit-machine letting you know you’ve hit the Jackpot. It’s eating out more often than we should, not flying coach when we could, and buying cigarettes even though there is no bigger waste of money on earth (we don’t actually smoke, we’re just making a point in the first person – it has more impact that way).
Basically, wasting money is more common than Kylie Jenner fans. The problem is, you probably don’t recognize most of your money-wasting moments.
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So, without further ado, here are a few things you’ve been buying, not realizing just how many pennies could be pinched if you opened your eyes a little:
- You Buy Brand Names
The way we see it, brand name purchases are pointless. I mean, how many factories have you come across that make whole grain Cheerios? Exactly. And the same goes for skin care products, toothpaste, and food of every kind. Basically, generic and store brands offer one of the most undervalued methods of saving money.
- DIY Your Car Issues
We get it. You’re scared of your car. You don’t have the foggiest about engines, which end is the hood, how many wheels it has or how to spell exhaust. But that doesn’t mean you should automatically pay a mechanic hundreds and hundreds of dollars to do something you could have done with the help of a YouTube tutorial.
- Paying Too Much Tax
There aren’t many times when paying someone else to do something for you will save you money, but hiring a tax resolution and accounting firm is one of them. The reason is simple: paying tax is an overly complicated thing to do, which is why you’re better off with someone who knows the little loopholes, knows how to reduce your tax bill and knows that you’ll be saving money even though you’re paying them. That’s got to be a good investment.
- Hunger-Fuelled Grocery Shopping
Nothing is going to make you spend unnecessary amounts on food you don’t need more than going grocery shopping on an empty stomach. You’ll just end up flinging this and that into your trolley because your rumbling gut is telling you too. No. The trick to saving money on a grocery shop is to do it after lunch or dinner and go with a list you won’t stray from. Trust us on that.
- Expiration Dates As Law
Instead of listening to the all-too-worried-about-a-lawsuit-expiration-date on your perishable foods, why not trust your nose and eyes. Yup. Usually, if food has gone bad, you will see visible signs (color change etc) and catch a funky whiff. By doing this, you will stop adding to the massive food waste problem and stop wasting money for no good reason. The other thing you can do is use your freezer better. If something does go off soon, chuck it in the freezer until the day you want to eat it. Simple. Effective. Money-saving.