Hey y’all! Jennifer Hayes here, your trusty finance guide from the future (well, if you count a 50-year-old with a penchant for humor as “the future”).
Remember the days of VHS tapes and Walkmans? Ah, memories!
But just like we left those in the dust of yesteryears, there are items today that we oughta reconsider.
Let’s dive into 12 things that are burning unnecessary holes in our pockets in 2023.
1. DVDs and CDs
With streaming taking the front seat, these disks are now coasters. Netflix, Spotify, and their techy pals have you covered. Plus, no more scratched disks – win-win!
2. Landline Phones
Unless it’s for nostalgia, most of us only need our trusty smartphones. Say goodbye to telemarketer calls and tangled cords!
3. Cable TV Subscriptions
Streaming platforms offer tailored, on-demand content without that pricey monthly cable bill. Plus, no commercials!
4. Physical Books (Sometimes!)
Before you chuck a shoe at me, I love a good paperback too. But e-books and audiobooks can be more affordable and space-saving. Balance is key!
5. Single-Use Kitchen Gadgets
Avocado slicers, egg separators, banana holders? A knife and some old-fashioned skill can save both money and space.
6. Overpriced Coffee
I mean, $7 for a latte? Invest in a good coffee machine, and you’ll thank yourself in a year’s time. Your wallet will too!
7. Bottled Water
With filtration systems and reusable bottles, we’re cutting both costs and waste. Mother Earth sends her regards.
8. Store-Bought Greeting Cards
With e-cards and DIY options, you can save a buck and add a personal touch. Trust me, your recipients will notice!
9. Expensive Brand Name Medications
Generic options often offer the same benefits at a fraction of the price. Always consult with your doc, but don’t be afraid to ask about cheaper alternatives.
10. Standalone GPS, Calculators, and Cameras
Modern cell phones are the Swiss Army knives of technology, making many single-function devices obsolete. Why clutter with three when your smartphone does it all, and then some?
11. Magazines and Newspapers
Online platforms and news apps give us our daily dose without the clutter. Just watch out for the digital rabbit holes!
12. Extended Warranties
Most products either break within the standard warranty or way later. Extended warranties often don’t provide the value they promise.
As we cruise through 2023, let’s focus on spending wisely and laughing heartily. Because saving money doesn’t mean you have to compromise on the joys of life. Stay savvy, folks!
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