Recently, as I was shopping at Target and buying yet another round of products to keep our household running, it occurred to me that I could easily stop spending money on things that we don’t really need but are simply conditioned to buy.
What first got me thinking about this were the dryer sheets I paid $4.99 for. Really? Do we really need little sheets of fabric softener to make our clothes smell and feel nice?
I grew up hanging my family’s clothes on the clothes line in the back yard. The clothes often ended up smelling like grass, fresh air, or even mildew if I accidentally forgot to bring them in before it rained!
But what do I do now? Pay perfectly good money to make our clothes smell like “Fresh Rain” or “Springtime.” Boy, have I been brainwashed!
Including dryer sheets, I thought of seven relatively unnecessary items – some large, some small – that I’ve bought before, yet don’t truly need.
- Pacifier wipes – These are basically wipes you set aside just for cleaning pacifiers when they fall on the ground or otherwise get dirty. Good old soap and warm water works even better!
- Tape dispenser bracelet – The holiday commercials always make these things look so cool!
- Mini notepads – I inevitably grab a couple of these throughout the year in the Target or Michael’s $1 section. But scraps of paper (which we all have plenty of) would work just fine! I used to make my own tear-away notepads in college…maybe I’ll give that a try again.
- Pre-packaged portions of snacks – I’ll admit, sometimes I get really lazy and pick up a package of individual serving sized goldfish crackers. I know they are many times more expensive than the large box, but I do it anyway! Gotta cut that out, especially when I could use the different to buy food for Backpack Buddies. It’s so tempting when you’re in the store, though – more and more things are coming in individual serving sizes these days.
- Leaf blower – My husband may disagree with me on this, but I think leaf blowers are a bit silly. Whatever happened to an old fashioned raking session, which also doubles as a pretty good workout?!
- Foot spa - So I was suckered into buying one of these by Walmart. I thought it was going to be some glorious foot pampering apparatus, but it turned out to be nothing more than a tub to hold warm water (The “heating” element doesn’t really heat but supposedly keeps the water from cooling off too fast. Didn’t seem to be the case!).
- Dryer sheets
I could probably think of at least a dozen more things that I’ve bought because I thought they were worth it, but don’t actually make my life “better.” If I can cut out just a few of these at a time, I think I’ll be overall happier with less clutter and more money in my pocket. :=) How about you?
What are some things you buy that you don’t really need to yet do so out of laziness or for the sake of convenience?
Have you purchased something that didn’t live up to expectations & you later regretted spending the money?