5 Things You’re Wasting Your Money On (Without Even Realizing It)

What are some of the things you would never spend your money on again?

Someone posted in a frugal online community listing the things they used to buy before, but since they went frugal, they would never buy them again.

Free Things

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Top on the list of things they will never buy were pens, pencils, and notebooks. You can get lots of these items for free because many places give them out as an advertising tactic. Getting free stuff is a great life hack!

Secondly, OP never buys trash bags. He uses the plastic bags he gets from the stores.

What are the things you refuse to spend your money on?

Here is what Reddit users had to say.


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People spend a lot of money buying clothes they don’t need. The situation is even worse with the surge of fast fashion putting out new trends every other day.

One Reddit user has kept off this habit of constantly adding clothes to their closet. They said, “My big thing is I’m using my clothes. Instead of constantly purchasing new clothes to add to the closet where chances are I won’t even wear them. So now I am doing what I can with what I have. I may purchase something once or twice a year; if I do, it’s always second-hand stuff. You can find some gems out there.”

Rotate Your Closet

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Another chimed in with a suggestion that would help avoid buying more and more clothes, “I also recommend rotating your closet between spring/summer and fall/winter. When I haven’t seen my winter clothes in 6 months, they feel “new” to me.”

And lastly, “Fast fashion. I thrift or buy for life, and I’m learning sewing and proper laundering to keep things in shape.


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The original poster says they had saved big time by not buying books when they were in college. They said, “Half of my college books; I made a deal with my bf; since we have the same major, we take the same classes, we decided to take classes in different semesters and “switch” the books and notes after we’re done, we are saving money, and our grades improved so much with this system.”

Another added, “Books – I use the library for everything, including movies.”


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And lastly, “Books, yes. We have a wonderful library system in my area, and frankly, they do a much better job storing books than I do. I love books and used to have a pretty extensive library that gave me a lot of pleasure, but ebooks changed everything for me. I haven’t bought a book in years. And now, with ebooks, it’s even easier to borrow the digital version when I want to read it. I donated nearly all my books to retirement homes and kept a few with sentimental value. Great way to reduce clutter too!”

Bottled Water

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One commenter said, “Water. I bring my water bottle with me everywhere. I also make my iced tea and occasionally get takeaway iced tea (like if I ran out/too lazy to make my own or on vacation).”

Another added, “Bottled water. I think the Britta water filter water tastes better than the bottled stuff anyway.”

Carrying your water in a bottle is good for your pocket and the environment; embrace it.

Coffee or Tea

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Do you know how much your daily iced coffee purchases add up to?. It may seem like just $8, but it sure adds up to something more if you are getting it daily. If you are trying to be frugal, make your coffee at home. One commenter who found buying such beverages unworthy said, “Starbucks… “Here’s your $8 cup of black coffee, please leave a generous tip!”

Another added, “Coffee. I make my own in the morning to drink throughout the day. The one-time investment into the insulated mug has often paid itself off.”


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You can reuse plastic containers to store food in your fridge rather than repeatedly buying Tupperware. Besides, getting glass storage containers, which are also microwave-friendly, will save you much more in the long run.

One commenter who had let go of plastic containers said, “Buy less Tupperware and use old jars instead. Drinking glasses- lots of freebies or as souvenirs that you get unplanned.”

And lastly, “Tupperware/plastic containers – I reuse glass jars. The big ones from Costco pasta sauce are perfect and leakproof.”

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