While we all like to buy things we don’t need on occasion, there are some items that are just a waste of money. Here are a few items that you shouldn’t spend your hard-earned dollars on.
1. Name-brand razorblades
While you might be so used buying BIC or Gillette razors, you don’t need to be spending extra money on these name-brand blades. Many shavers are turning to mail-order membership programs which can cost one fifth the cost of the name brand razors. Many people say the quality of these off-brand blades are just as sharp as their more expensive countertops.
2. DVDs and CDs
Compact discs and DVDs are on their way to becoming extinct. Sales of CDs dropped by 14% in 2014, while sales of DVDs fell 16% the same year. Digital spending, including rentals, purchases and streaming services on the other hand grew 16% to $2.12 billion in 2014. This trend is only going to increase in the future. On the plus side, CD cases make great coasters!
3. Memory Sticks
Computer memory sticks are also becoming obsolete as cloud storage is becoming more common. With services like Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive and Dropbox, customers can access free storage under a certain gigabyte limit making it unnecessary to spend any money on a memory stick.
4. Digital Camera
Anyone with a smartphone has no use for a digital camera. The latest smartphones have high-quality built-in cameras full of megapixels, large storage capacities and all the features needed to take photos and short videos.
5. Bottled Water
Bottled water is a multibillion-dollar industry despite the fact that it flows from the tap for free. A much more economical option is filtering tap water and drinking it out of a reusable water bottle.
Daily newspaper subscriptions can cost several hundred dollars a year. This once-common service is now archaic. Many newspaper and blogging websites offer the same content for free. Some news services require web subscriptions to access all their content, but they cost significantly less than traditional mail delivery.
7. Fabric Softener and Dryer Sheets
Stop spending money on unnecessary fabric softener and dryer sheets from your laundry routine. Add baking soda to the washer before the cycle starts to keep your clothes soft, and drying your clothes on low key prevents static cling from occurring.
8. Cable TV
Cutting the cable should be something everyone does—not just tech-savvy millennials. With so many TV and movie streaming services the quality and variety of streaming services is only going to increase in the future. This may be the end of channel surfing as we know it.
9. Paper Towels
These home fixtures are not only a waste of money, but they’re also terrible for the environment. Rags work just as well—if not better—than paper towels. Plus, you can always just throw them in the washing machine when you’re finished.
If you own a cellphone (which you probably do!) you really don’t need to be paying monthly landline fees. Former concerns about 911 dispatch not being able to locate mobile calls are no longer relevant as Enhanced 911 is now on most mobile phones. Unless you live in a rural area with unreliable cell service, you should really ditch the landline.