Save yourself some money and consider not purchasing the following 10 things.
10. The Latest Technology
Unless you have a career that depends on having the latest gadget as soon as it hits store shelves, you really don’t need to snatch up the newest thing every time something comes out.
This is especially true since technology is ever-evolving. In other words, you could end up shelling out big bucks on the newest gadget only to have a newer model replace it before the end of the month.
Chances are you can live without that new iPhone, so take some time to sit down and figure out your specific needs. That way, when a gadget comes out that you know you can do without, you (hopefully) won’t be tempted to buy it.
9. Exercise Clothing
I know you want to look the part while you’re working out, and that’s perfectly fine. But, you can do that with some old clothes you have lying around the house — be it shorts, sweats or a t-shirt.
There is really no need to break the bank buying clothing specifically designed for specific workouts. However, if you are an exercise instructor, fitness influencer or simply passionate about exercise, it is understandable to invest in workout clothes.
“Burnout and indifferent commitment are classic reasons why clothing specifically designed for yoga, weightlifting, and CrossFit often remains in the drawer after a short while. Or, consider that these duds may be nothing more than an overpriced fashion statement,” Cheapism writes.
8. Suede Shoes
There’s a reason why Elvis said not to step on his blue suede shoes. Suede is a delicate material that is more prone to stains than other materials and can easily get ruined when exposed to the elements. If not properly taken care of, these shoes can end up in the trash after just one wear.
That being said, it’s best to spend your money on other types of shoes that stand up well to the elements. Genuine leather, for example, stays strong in highly demanding environments and can last for years on end.
7. International Cell Data
If you’re going on a leisure trip, do you really need to use your international cell data? The purpose of a leisure trip is to unwind and unplug from the cares of the world. That means logging off your social media accounts.
I know you think you’ll be totally clueless as to what’s going on in the world if you just step away from Facebook and Twitter for just a little while, but isn’t that the whole point?
Plus, if you need to use your phone to contact your friends and family, you can just use the hotel, hostel or restaurant’s WiFi. As for finding your way around on your trip, TheTravel.com recommends downloading maps using apps that allow you to get directions without having to turn on your data.
6. Credit Monitoring
Credit monitoring sounds good in theory. But, the truth of the matter is it doesn’t stop thieves from hacking into your accounts or stealing your identity.
It just lets you know about it after the fact. And, while it’s a good idea to monitor your credit report for suspicious activity, you don’t have to pay anyone to do that for you.
By law, you are allowed to access your credit report once a year for free through the three major credit reporting bureaus. Additionally, most banks and credit card companies monitor your account for free through alerts and account freezes when suspicious activity is detected.
5. Premium Gas
Regardless of what anyone tells you, chances are your car doesn’t even need premium gas. In fact, only about one in 10 cars require premium, high-octane gasoline. The rest of the folks out there are just wasting their money — about $2 billion of it, to be exact.
That’s how much Americans throw away on premium gas every year. Not only that, but premium gas doesn’t benefit you any more than other gas, especially since your car likely isn’t even calibrated to reap the benefits of it in the first place.
4. Infused Water
According to an article published by Cheapism, health claims about enhanced water are largely unsubstantiated. In other words, bottled water enhanced with vitamins and minerals likely won’t do anything to improve your health.
In fact, the vitamins they use are synthetic and, as a result, likely don’t provide the same benefits as the vitamins you find in fresh foods. Not only that but sometimes infused water can contain large amounts of sugar. That being said, your best bet is to fill up your glass or water bottle with tap water and add some fresh fruit.
3. Energy Drinks
Energy drinks aren’t cheap. Not only that but they’re not good for you. Those things are loaded with sugar and all kinds of stimulants, resulting in negative health effects — especially in adolescents and people with certain health conditions.
Research has linked energy drink consumption with risk-seeking behaviors, poor mental health, adverse cardiovascular effects, and metabolic, renal, or dental problems.
That being said, if you find yourself needing a “boost” every day, chances are there’s something medical going on with you. Make an appointment with your primary care physician to find out any health issues you may have that are causing you to feel drained every day.
2. Detoxes and Cleanses
Did you know the human body is already capable of cleansing and detoxing itself all on its own? Yep, it’s true. Organs like the liver, kidney and lungs do a good job removing toxins from the body.
And, since this is the case, you really don’t need to waste your money on expensive detox kits and juice cleanses. Instead, focus on eating a balanced diet and getting in exercise regularly. Your body and your wallet will thank you.
1. Bottled Water
People spend a lot of money on bottled water — mainly because they believe it’s better for them than tap water. But, the truth of the matter is a lot of bottled water is just water from a public water system that has gone through a purification process. In fact, any differences in the regulation of tap water and bottled water are minimal.
Not only that but bottled water is far more expensive than tap water. For example, if you live in Milwaukee, you’ll spend just 73¢ to drink eight glasses of tap water every day for a year. If, on the other hand, you drink eight glasses of bottled water a day, you’ll spend $2,190 a year.