What's the worst thing you've ever wasted money on?

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  • painted_lady
    painted_lady Posts: 1,020 Forumite
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    Glad its not just me who is a total wally with money. Although my recent debts are due to health and personal unavoidable reasons, last time I wrote my debt off it was just purely down to not keeping a check on my money.
    I had the new car because I needed it.
    I had at least £300 new clothes every month.
    I went out 5 times a week.
    You get the picture.
    Now I wear old clothes, car boot bargains, drive a 20 year old car, get out maybe once a month. I'm still happy, just have a very different life
  • The worst thing I ever spent money on?

    Easy...my ex-boyfriend. What a blooming waste of space!
  • barbiedoll
    barbiedoll Posts: 5,326 Forumite
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    I'm a real tightwad but my husband bought two leather sofas for £1600, which we could have got at Argos for less than half that! Grrrr:mad:
    (And they're not even that comfortable!!!!)
    "I may be many things but not being indiscreet isn't one of them"
  • I took out a £600 extension to my loan in order to have a course of hypnotherapy so that I would stop binge eating.

    Needless to say, I kept binge eating after the course had finished and it wasn't until getting together with my OH that I realised that the only thing that stops me from eating too much is to have a life. Boredom was my curse.

    Also, I took out a £10,000 loan after graduating and used £2,000 on a trip to America - just because I had always wanted to go. It didn't occur to me at the time to save for a few months and then go. The rest I used on buying a car, putting a deposit down on a flat and conslidating my debts from uni. And we all know how well consolidating goes. I soon had the loan to pay back as well as more CC debt. :mad:

    And my useless ex-OH. He was carp with money and I had to subsidise his half of the rent/bills all the time. He spent his money on video games before I could get my hands on it! When we split up I just wrote off what he owed me. It was worth it for the clean break. My new OH is fab with money :D
    LBM February 2008. DFD March 2013 19 August 2011
    Debt at LBM £14,395.48. Debt Now £0
  • morocha
    morocha Posts: 1,554 Forumite
    mmm.. and i get sad when i buy a £5 bra in La senza that does not fit... but i buy it anyway thinking that *it will fit.

    Once i was coming back from Buenos Aires, and went into the duty free make up shops... got a £10 Lancome mascara and it really irritated my eyes... i did not want to throw it away cos it costed me £10( that is how cheap i am ) and a £35 Farenheit Dior perfume for Oh 200ml.. massive thing. Arrive in Madrid airport and was told that i could not pass security with it to come to London, i had to get out, get to the shops in Barajas, get a Timberland backpack the cheapest thing i could see it was that, and it was 40 euros, god, i felt so sad, but i couldnt jut leave the perfume that i bought for OH.
    Good thing is.. sometimes i use the backpack ,it's very smart... this was in 2007 and my oh still has the perfume, use it every week and still half of it left. But i must say, the bag was an unnessary thing to buy but i knew that oh perfume was really expensive over here.
    Mejor morir de pie que vivir toda una vida de rodillas.
  • Silvafox
    Silvafox Posts: 321 Forumite
    morocha wrote: »
    mmm.. and i get sad when i buy a £5 bra in La senza that does not fit... but i buy it anyway thinking that *it will fit.

    Once i was coming back from Buenos Aires, and went into the duty free make up shops... got a £10 Lancome mascara and it really irritated my eyes... i did not want to throw it away cos it costed me £10( that is how cheap i am ) and a £35 Farenheit Dior perfume for Oh 200ml.. massive thing. Arrive in Madrid airport and was told that i could not pass security with it to come to London, i had to get out, get to the shops in Barajas, get a Timberland backpack the cheapest thing i could see it was that, and it was 40 euros, god, i felt so sad, but i couldnt jut leave the perfume that i bought for OH.
    Good thing is.. sometimes i use the backpack ,it's very smart... this was in 2007 and my oh still has the perfume, use it every week and still half of it left. But i must say, the bag was an unnessary thing to buy but i knew that oh perfume was really expensive over here.

    Is that a joke?! You're very lucky if that's the biggest waste of money you can think of in your life!
    PMA - Positive Mental Attitude

    It works for me - you try it!
  • Hannah_10
    Hannah_10 Posts: 1,774 Forumite
    Can't think of a massive one, but two recent small ones are annoying the hell out of me...

    Bought a CD for £4 (with £4 or £5 left in my account) but did not check P&P charges assuming it was free- it wasn't! It was £6.17 inc P&P and I went over my limit for that. So angry with myself for that one, that's a £15 bank charge I have no one to blame for but myself...

    But then (and this is a beauty) I bought a set of shelves and did the exact same thing! £50 delivery on top of the purchase price this time. All of about 2 weeks later? Good Gods I am an idiot right now! :mad:

    Have probably made bigger mistakes but these two are very much at the front of my mind currently.
    I refuse to be afraid of the big bad wolf, spiders, or debt collection agencies; one of them's not real and the other two are powerless without my fear.
    (Ok, one of them is powerless, spiders can be nasty.)


    As of the last count I have cleared
    [STRIKE]23.16%[/STRIKE] 22.49% of my debt. :(
  • alona1
    alona1 Posts: 292 Forumite
    Anything bought for the ex and the car loan (£7k) I took out for him even though he walked away with it - prat. And putting up with his constant whinging, moaning and abuse after he got sacked while I worked to pay the mortgage by myself.

    What doesn't kill you...
  • Nottoobadyet
    Nottoobadyet Posts: 1,754 Forumite
    Debt-free and Proud!
    An terrible PT at a fancy gym and French lessons, neither of which did me any good!
    Mortgage free by 30:eek:: £28,000/£100,000
    :DDebt free as of 1 October, 2010:D
    Taking my frugal life on the road!
  • louise3965
    louise3965 Posts: 687 Forumite
    These are all really interesting - especially how lots of us report feeling particularly stupid now. Guess tahts a sign of lerssons learned and all that. I particularly empathise with the weight-related ones though. Gawd the times I've bought stuff to slim into. Never works, does it?
    Cogito ergo sum. Google it you lazy sod !!
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