After a very successful trip to Annapolis, Maryland speaking at the University of Maryland’s Personal Finance Seminar for Professionals, I returned to an enormous box on my desk.
I approached in cautiously.
You: Did you fear it was a bomb?
Of course not, why?
You: It’s possible.
I think you’re watching too much TV.
You: What does that have to do with anything?
Nothing, just an independent observation.
You: So what did you do with the box?
I picked it up.
I almost threw it to the ceiling!
You: Because you thought it was a bomb! I was right!
No, because the box weighed a LOT less than I thought it was going to weigh. When I opened up and searched through the approximately 30″ x 18″ box, contained exactly one 6″ x 9″ book.
You: That’s it?
That and a ton of packing material.
You: Was it a good book?
Yes, it was Beyond Paycheck to Paycheck, but that’s not the point.
You: Now who would return Beyond Paycheck to Paycheck?
Better question, but also besides the point. One distributor returns books from time to time often because a book was damaged in transit.
Anyway, shipping one book in a box big enough for two toasters is a total waste of money.
You: I agree.
So this got me thinking . . . what other stupid and careless ways are there to waste money? Here’s my list. Please add some of your own stories of witnessing or <gasp> occasionally partaking in the “I just don’t care anymore” attitude.
- Playing lottery
- Printing your airline boarding passes in color
- Not recycling ink cartridges at Staples ($3 for something that would otherwise wind up in a landfill? Works for me.)
- Paying for parking at a meter or a lot when there is ample free street parking nearby
- Skipping the complimentary breakfast at a hotel
- Ignoring routine maintenance (car, house, spouse) in the short-term so it costs you much more (engine overhaul, new furnace, jewelry) in the long-term.
- Putting way too many stamps on an envelope (related to introductory above)
- Buying the enormous package of some perishable item at a warehouse club because it’s SO much less per serving . . . then throwing half the thing out after you realize you have enough mayonnaise to eat said condiment at every meal for 6 months.
- Paying sticker price for a car to avoid the inherent conflict and uncomfortable situations sure to arise
- Saying “yes” to the $4.00 extended warranty on a $15.00 set of workout gloves (I was offered this yesterday.)
What can you add to this list of stupid and careless ways to waste money?
Tags: wasting money