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by sitecore\kmcgrigg on August 20, 2008
Lately it seems that there are a lot of things that I NEED to spend money on but definitely do not WANT to spend money on (note: this is the exact opposite of the typical needs/wants dilemma.) Here are the top eight least satisfying ways I’ve recently had to spend money:
  1. Parking tickets (street sweeping day gets me every time)
  2. Garage roof repairs (so our junk doesn’t get ruined)
  3. Airline’s extra bag fee (I thought they were kidding)
  4. Broken windshield repair (stupid dump truck!)
  5. Sewer snaking (I’d rather not talk about it)
  6. Burglar alarm registration fee (I can’t believe this is a thing)
  7. Replacement hair dryer (why can’t anyone fix anything anymore?)
  8. Toll roads (really, it was no better than the “free” road!)

Sure, I keep an emergency fund. Aside from the sewer thing, these things are not true emergencies; they are just annoying expenses that chip away at the amount of money I can actually enjoy spending. (Check out Flexo’s blog post titled Your Emergency Fund: What Qualifies as an Emergency?)

What is the least satisfying thing you’ve had to spend money on recently? Tell me about it through the comments section. After all, misery loves company!

Posted in:  Frugality


Anna says:
August 21, 2008

I completely agree--I really don't like paying all these fees that I don't see any real need for. It seems like fees are so easily tacked on to everything so everyone charges them. A good thing though--often times you can avoid paying registration fees, late fees, overdraft fees... when companies are running specials or simply by asking if the fees can be waived. You never know if you don't ask!

Boby says:
August 20, 2008

I'm almost too ashamed to admit it; I had to pay a credit card late fee last month. I'm fortunate to have the means to pay all my bills on time but going paperless has it's pitfalls without a failsafe techy reminder system. Most credit card issuers offer the upcoming payment due reminder in addition to the paperless billing but this particular issuer does not. Using email support I pleaded forgiveness for my two day overdue payment to no avail. The $30 was paid with no reward of personal satisfaction. A reminder has been added to iCalendar as a backup to my financial software reminder.

Chris says:
August 20, 2008

1. Sprinkler system repairs (I tried to fix myself but had to admit defeat and call the professionals) 2. Postage (our parents got tired of storing our junk and decided to mail it to us instead) 3. Dry cleaning (converting to a non-dry clean wardrobe is a work-in-progress) 4. Land line (my wife considered this a 'need' while I want to kick it to the curb) 5. Valet (I really, really would rather park myself thank-you-very-much) helped to get that off my chest. :)

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