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Things People Waste Money On

Things people waste their money on: how to avoid wasting money, from fabulesslyfrugal.com:

1. Credit card interest. Don’t buy what you can’t afford. If you are going to use your credit card, make sure you can pay it off at the end of the month.

2. Deal websites. Just because something is on sale, doesn’t mean you should buy it. Before you purchase, be sure you will actually use it.

3. Appetizers. Unless you’re sharing the meal too, you may end up with a lot of leftover food. And consider skipping the specialty drinks, too. Water is free and good for you.

4. Overdraft fees. Keep track of your money and spending so you never have to lose money on these fees.

5. ATM fees. Plan ahead and avoid the fees. Get cash back at the grocery store or go to your own banks ATM to avoid the fees.

6. Upgrading shipping. Most things are not really needed right away, so don’t pay extra just to get it shipped faster.

7. Unused gym memberships. Only start a membership if you know it will be beneficial for you and you will continue to use it all year long.

8. Designer baby clothes. Babies make a lot of messes and they grow out of clothes pretty quickly. Save the nicer clothes for later in life.

9. Daily coffee trips. When you do the math, that $3 coffee you buy each day can really add up.

10. Premium cable packages. Think about getting an HD antenna for local channels. You could also get a cheap Netflix subscription or watch stuff for free on Youtube.

WORD OF THE WEEK

bombast

| Pronounced ‘BAHM-bast’ |

(noun): pretentious inflated speech or writing. The original meaning in English was “cotton or other material used as padding or stuffing.” The word has been retained in modern English in a figurative sense referring to speech or writing that is stuffed or padded with pretense and unnecessary verbiage.

NEWS OF THE WEIRD

By Chuck Sheppard

Family Values: A 33-year-old man from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was arraigned April 29 on two counts of abuse of a corpse and one count of criminal mischief after he flushed his grandparents’ ashes down the toilet. The Tribune-Review reported that Thomas Porter Wells was living at his mother’s house when she became fed up with his drinking and marijuana use and asked him to leave last September. Denise Porter told police she learned from a relative in February that Wells had disposed of her parents’ remains, which had been stored in a box as part of a memorial in her bedroom, before leaving. Wells denied flushing the ashes, but he later texted his mother that he would flush her remains, too, after she died.

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