We all make boneheaded financial decisions from time to time. Think about it: Wouldn't you rather go out to dinner one too many times rather than do something like blow money on an expensive car?
It all sucks, right? Today's burning question came from ThunderFuckMountain who asked the online community: "What is the worst thing you've ever spent money on?"
"I bought a business that went under."
I bought a business that went under. Ended up having to file bankruptcy. But that doesn't piss me off as much as last week I bought feta cheese that expired over a week before.
Student loans when I didn't even finish college.
"I dodged the bullet there."
A ring for my cheating ex gf. I have never seen either of them since I found out. I dodged the bullet there.
"There have been many times..."
There have been many times where I've been in an unfamiliar place and super hungry. Went somewhere to eat and it was god awful.
Pittsburgh pizza place next to Lava Lounge, I'm looking at you.
"My first pack of cigarettes."
My first pack of cigarettes. Was a "just when drinking" smoker, and don't remember a specific time I decided to buy a whole pack and become an everyday smoker, but goddamn what a horrible purchase. Pack-a-day smoker for 7 years.
I'm now 8 months cigarette free.
Spent $20,000 on various gifts for a girl who pretended to love me.
"The college degree I didn't want..."
The college degree I didn't want in a field I wasn't interested in because I was "supposed" to be that person.
"The secret message?"
When I was a kid I used to read mad magazine, one time they came out with a cover that had part of a message on it and you had to buy more magazines to read the message. My two sisters and I really wanted to find out the message, and being greedy kids we didn't want to share magazines. So we made our mom buy us each the four copies that had the secret message.
It wasn't until after they were bought and we were home that we realized they were all the same issue of the magazine just with different covers, so we ended up with 9 copies of the same magazine.
The secret message? "Cheap marketing gimmick"
"When I was a kid..."
When I was a kid, my family was pretty poor. When I first started school, I was on a free lunch plan, and I always saw these snacks that were brown, long, and skinny, and they were $0.35 each. I never asked my parents for money for these things, but whenever I found pennies on the street I'd keep them for a rainy day. I decided one day that I would spend my money on one of these "Slim Jims".
So the next day I gathered all my pennies up into my pocket and somehow I managed not to lose a single one, even through recess. When I got to the end of the line I sheepishly laid my pennies out on the counter and purchased one, walked to my seat, opened the package, and prepared for a bite into this slim jim chocolatey goodness.
Now, some of you have already caught on to what a huge mistake I've made. See, "Slim Jim" is a brand of beef jerky, and chocolate... well, chocolate is not beef jerky. So you can imagine my disgust when I bit into my chocolate, and instead got not-chocolate.
So that was the worst 35 cents I ever spent.
"When I was younger..."
When I was younger, I was devoted to this one brand of all-natural bar soap. The soap company was going to discontinue a few of their scents, and it so happened that the scents were all amongst my favourites. The company put the discontinued scents on sale and I decided I was going to stock up. I bought probably about $300 CAD worth of it in big, uncut slabs. Years later (>5 yrs) I still haven't gotten through it. Have had to start giving it away. Also, $300 on soap?! What was I thinking? I mean, sure, I'll never have to buy soap again... but holy sh!t. And now I am sooo tired of using the same soaps!
"A boneless banquet box..."
A boneless banquet box from KFC.
A few soggy pieces of chicken and fries, and I was still hungry afterwards. I wrote off KFC after that.
"A Windows phone."Giphy
A windows phone. It would crash when it received a call, rendering me unable to actually take any calls.
"Night vision binoculars..."
Night vision binoculars off Amazon. They were the equivalent of X-ray glasses from a mad magazine ad.
"I hate killing things..."
Humane Spider/bug catcher.
I hate killing things if I can avoid it so I thought it would be great to catch spiders and release them outside ..only problem is that it doesn't work. Most spiders are too small for it to grab in the first place and the ones you are able to grab can easily crawl out of the bristles and straight up the handle to your hand which then causes you to freak the f--- out and kill the spider. Worthless product.
"Dinner at a Mexican place..."
Dinner at a Mexican place that should frankly be ashamed of itself. If you're going to have a menu item that's basically "Tacos for white people", the rest of your food better be damn good.
The salsa was basically marinara, that's how not spicy it was. None of the meat was at all seasoned. The rice was dry and had no taste. The chile relleno was just...mushy and sad. Etc. etc.
We are told that, if you're not confident, you should just "fake it til you make it."
This is great--in theory. In practice, sometimes "faking it" can have extremely real and terrible consequences, which these people found out the hardest of hard ways.