10 things Americans waste money on

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  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Oct. 9, 2013 6:57 a.m.

    I can be as needy as the next guy. But if I don't see it I don't need it. Out of site out of mind.

  • E & EE Ann arbor, MI
    Oct. 9, 2013 6:12 a.m.

    I agree on everything except for the appetizers. At some restaurants, I've found that some appetizers are better than the main dish. Plus it's a bit easier to be adventurous with choosing an unfamiliar appetizer because they usually cost less than main dishes. I definitely wouldn't recommend it every time though.

    I definitely agree with other commenters about eating out to lunch. That can get so expensive.

  • The Final Word Alpine, UT
    Oct. 8, 2013 3:38 p.m.

    How about going out to lunch at work every day? About 95% of the time I bring a lunch. Meanwhile many go out almost every day and it costs them $6-$12 a day. That is an expensive habit!!!

    Make a sandwich or bring some leftovers instead of throwing them out when they go bad.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Oct. 8, 2013 2:31 p.m.

    #11: Newspapers.

  • Mark from Montana Aurora, CO
    Oct. 8, 2013 1:31 p.m.

    I guess I am smarter, or at least cheaper, than I thought I was. I don't do any of the ten things listed.

    I would add my own 11th. Never buy a new car. Always buy a good used one and let someone else pay the high initial costs.

  • Daniel Leifker San Francisco, CA
    Oct. 8, 2013 12:22 p.m.

    Good list, but I would add an 11th item: any kinds of drinks in restaurants. And most of them are terrible for your health. If you really need energy from sugar at a meal, just ask for plain water and add 18 packets of sugar to it. No charge, and you get the equivalent of a soft drink. But be sure to ask for "plain water," or you might get $5 imported mineral water in a souvenir take-home bottle.