Top eight least satisfying ways I’ve spent money

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!

Kim McGrigg is the former Manager of Community and Media Relations for MMI.

  • MMI is proud to have achieved an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB), a nonprofit organization focused on promoting and improving marketplace trust. The BBB investigates charges of fraud against both consumers and businesses, sets standards for truthfulness in advertising, and evaluates the trustworthiness of businesses and charities, providing a score from A+ (highest) to F (lowest).
  • MMI is rated as “Excellent” (4.8/5) by reviewers on Trustpilot, a global, online consumer review platform dedicated to openness and transparency. Since 2007, Trustpilot has received over 116 million customer reviews for nearly 500,000 different websites and businesses. See what others are saying about the work we do.
  • MMI is a member of the Consumer Federation of America (CFA), an association of nonprofit consumer organizations that was established in 1968 to advance the consumer interest through research, advocacy, and education. Today, nearly 300 of these groups participate in the federation and govern it through their representatives on the organization's Board of Directors.
  • MMI is certified by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide consumer housing counseling. The mission of HUD is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD provides support services directly and through approved, local agencies like MMI.
  • MMI is proudly accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA), an international, independent, nonprofit, human service accrediting organization. COA’s thorough, peer-reviewed accreditation process is designed to ensure that organizations like MMI are providing the highest standard of service and support for clients and employees alike.
  • MMI is a longstanding member of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling® (NFCC®), the nation’s largest nonprofit financial counseling organization. Founded in 1951, the NFCC’s mission is to promote financially responsible behavior and help member organizations like MMI deliver the highest-quality financial education and counseling services.