This post was written by Jeff, who blogs on finances, health and the environment at sustainable life blog. He’s not as funny as Ninja, (or as good at drawing) but he does enjoy sunshine and dinosaurs.
When I went to college, I moved to a town that was about an hour from where I grew up. That meant that whenever I needed something odd or that I would use just once or twice and not need again, I could just go take it from my parents house. Usually, they wouldn’t mind (or wouldnt know it was missing) and I didn’t have to buy something that I didn’t want to buy. This was good for me, but later I realized that it set me up for being rather annoyed later in life when I moved farther away.
Because I always went home to get things when I needed them, my “budget” (who am I kidding, I didn’t have one) consisted only of things that I liked to buy/had to pay for like a cell phone, internet, rent and fun activities with my friends. I rarely spent money on things that were used in everyday life, such as bedsheets, pillows and dishes.
I considered buying those things a waste of my hard earned money, and an extremely lame use of resources to boot. I know my economics, every dollar that you spend on bed sheets means 1/8th of a burrito that you cant buy to enjoy with friends. So, I coasted along for 4 years not really buying anything of that sort and generally dismissing the purchase every time I needed something.
This set me up for a world of annoyance when I moved further away from my parents. I was making the bed one day when I realized my pillows were in dire need of replacement. I sat there dumbfounded for a while, wondering what to do. I really didn’t want to spent money on a stupid set of pillows. How lame. Money is supposed to be for fun stuff.
Reluctantly, I trudged down to the local Wal-Mart (basically the only place I could get pillows in town) and bought some. I wasn’t happy that I had to buy them, but buy them I did. However, I ended up seeing this as an important lesson for me on the allocation of my finances. Sometimes, you cant just spend all your spare change on fun, food and friends. You need some things to live and be comfortable, and no matter how much it sucks buying 6 bathroom towels when you’re 23, you’re showing you know how to use your (most likely limited) resources wisely.
I’d also like to add medical services of any kind to this list. I hate paying the bills for the eye doctor and the dentist.
To The Readers:
Are there any things that you absolutely hate buying? What are they and why do you hate to buy them so much