I always find myself with a shopping trolley full of so called ‘essentials’ yet when push comes to shove, I could probably live without them.
My wallet would be happy and so would my weight. So from now on I am going to become ultra frugal when it comes to what I buy – it is my chance to recover some hard earned money and really avoid the nonsense products that drain the budget.
So what 5 items do I buy that I shouldn’t? PS: Share with us 5 things you shouldn’t be buying but do.
1. Convenience meals
Busy lives, empty wallets. I intend to make more time from now on to prepare wholesome, fresh meals. Microwaving nearly everything cannot be good for you. You pay a premium for convenience meals and often they are nowhere near as good as a home cooked version of it.
Forget the microwave friendly meals and opt instead of meal planning ahead of time so you don’t go blank once at the supermarket.
2. Overpriced cleaning agents for millions of reasons
Special cleaning product for toilet, sinks, windows, basins, floorboards – check.
What a waste. They are all pretty much the same thing. A bit of soap mixture with a lot of disinfectant to kill the germs. Stick to the basics instead; bleach for bathrooms, disinfectant for general use – as simple as that.
Coles and Woolies offer thei own brands of those two products and they are dirt cheap, last forever, come in huge litres and can be divvied up amongst smaller bottle for ease of use.
3. Raw fruit and veg in excess
Trying to be healthy? Me too. Though I tend to go overboard or become overly ambitious as to how many nights I will be home to eat that week. Instead opt for buying some small amounts of fresh fruit and veg, buying more as you need on your lunch break or way home. This saves you throwing out wasted food. Remember, waste not want not!
4. Dog food that is overpriced
This is a real hoot and great example of capitalism gone mad. Sometimes I shop at a local IGA supermarket (I do my big shops at actual shopping centres, though occasionally need little things) and always bought a certain can of dog food. This IGA doesn’t get much foot traffic, so I think I was literally the only person buying 10 cans of food per week from them. After a couple of months of this, I soon realised that this particular can of food was now twice the price of every other can. Great! Thanks guys. I’m not that easy to take advantage of.
Instead opt to visit a Pet Barn or similar and buy your dog food in bulk. It brings a tear to my eye paying so much at once, though I would rather that then spending silly amounts can by can or not have dogs at all.
5. Treats, misc and other things that aren’t needed
Chocolate? Ice Cream? Nuts? Nibblies? Paper towels? All lovely little things – though do you really need them? I am all about treating yourself so if they are your vices, go for it. Though they don’t help your weight or wallet so be careful. Paper towels was weird I know, but honestly – wouldn’t a tea towel do the trick?
What are your 5 money wasters each month?
Drop us a comment below – there must be some better ones out there?