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    • kavics17
    • By kavics17 28th Sep 10, 9:07 PM
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    Public transport, just can't justify the money on it-I'm using my bike instead!
    • cooking-mama
    • By cooking-mama 28th Sep 10, 9:14 PM
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    Car repairs..(booked into garage tomorrow morning for an "estimate"
    Road tax due in a couple of days too,
    a car for me is a necessary evil.
    • babyshoes
    • By babyshoes 28th Sep 10, 9:20 PM
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    • 28th Sep 10, 9:20 PM
    Anything I don't have a choice about - council tax, road tax etc etc. Got around TV licence by not having a TV and just using catch up services online for anything I want to watch.
    Trust me - I'm NOT a doctor!
    • nearlyrich
    • By nearlyrich 28th Sep 10, 9:21 PM
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    • 28th Sep 10, 9:21 PM
    Definitely water rates and council tax here robbery at it's best!
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    • Butterfly Brain
    • By Butterfly Brain 28th Sep 10, 9:24 PM
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    Butterfly Brain
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    Council Tax, water rates, road tax, MOT and TV licence
    Last edited by Butterfly Brain; 29-09-2010 at 8:24 PM.
    Blessed are the cracked for they are the ones that let in the light
    C.R.A.P R.O.L.L.Z. Member #35 Butterfly Brain + OH - Foraging Fixers
    Not Buying it 2015!
    • angelavdavis
    • By angelavdavis 28th Sep 10, 9:32 PM
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    • 28th Sep 10, 9:32 PM
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    • 28th Sep 10, 9:32 PM
    As well agreeing with the other posters on the TV licence, water and council tax, my other pet hate is Electric/gas.

    Last summer, I replaced 14 radiators in my house - replacing the old rusted ones for more efficient models sometimes relocated them to a better location. My winter quarter bill (even with the terrible weather last winter) was 120 less than the previous year so is paying for itself nicely.

    I shop around constantly for the best deals but truth is that although our usage has gone down, sadly, overall, it can't compete with the price hikes and we are still steadily spending more year on year. Very frustrating.
    Last edited by angelavdavis; 28-09-2010 at 9:37 PM.
    Thanks to MSE, I am mortgage free!
  • parsonswife8
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    • 28th Sep 10, 9:34 PM
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    Deffo car repairs..just parted with 810.

    Felines are my favourite
    • ifonlyitwaseasier
    • By ifonlyitwaseasier 28th Sep 10, 9:37 PM
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    • 28th Sep 10, 9:37 PM
    anything that i have no choice but to pay, council tax, car repair/tax/mot,

    tho i did begrudge buying new sofas just because OH broke one when we moved!!!
    Nonny mouse and Proud!!
    Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level then beat you with experience
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  • Gemmzie
    Lady products and we have to pay VAT on them too!
    No longer using this account for new posts from 2013
    • luxor4t
    • By luxor4t 28th Sep 10, 9:50 PM
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    I grudge paying the water rates: I could not understand why Welsh water rates cost so much more than the London water rates when we moved back!
    Tinfoil, greaseproof paper etc - I re-use what I can & try to make the rolls last, but still have to give in sooner or later.

    Edit: Another vote for 'lady products' & boo to the VAT slapped on top!
    I can cook and sew, make flowers grow.
  • sheppylove
    Hmmm list of things i hate spending my hard earned cash on:

    Work clothes and shoes
    Car bits
    Expensive fuel
    Condoms (i no i could prob get them free somewhere)
    food shopping
    washing powder and fab con
    Hair cuts

    but to be fair i do spend more than i should on other stuff that i like buying but prob dont use very often, so i shouldnt complain!! lol
    • notjustlaura
    • By notjustlaura 28th Sep 10, 9:56 PM
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    Anything car-related.
    Household: Laura + William-cat
    Not Buying It in 2015
    • scrummy-mummy
    • By scrummy-mummy 28th Sep 10, 9:57 PM
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    I resent paying to park at shopping centres and supermarkets!!
    Proud Mum to Scarlet born Feb 07 and James born Jan 09

    • tiff
    • By tiff 28th Sep 10, 9:57 PM
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    Anything to do with the car, repairs, MOT and especially petrol.
    A budget is telling your money where to go instead of wondering where it went. - Dave Ramsey
    • hullight
    • By hullight 28th Sep 10, 10:01 PM
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    Nightclubs that charge an entrance fee. I could have a free night in instead, and my bathroom doesn't stink either.
  • jcr16
    whenever i pay for anything i like to see what i'm getting for my money.

    so for me i'd prob say the yearly car service. costs 129 for a gold service. the renault dealer wanted 250 for the same service so pleased we got it alot cheaper from a decent garage. but for that money it pays for things i can't see in the engine. i know we need it, and when spent about 8k on a car were gonna look after it. but it doesn't feel like i'm getting anything for the money imo.
    Very proud mummy to 4 wonderful children aged 8,7 and 4 and 1 months. And our beautiful little angel in heaven she will never be forgotten .My children and Husband are my world.I'm a sahm and enjoying every minute to the full even if sometimes it can seem a bit tough x
  • smileyt
    Postage and packing that is extortionate for the article I have bought. I usually do without or try to find somewhere cheaper; many companies have lost a sale to me by overcharging on this.
    Aspire not to have more but to be more.
    Oscar Romero

    Still trying to be frugal...
    • freakyogre
    • By freakyogre 28th Sep 10, 10:08 PM
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    At the moment, lightbulbs! I have discovered that my light fittings are peculiar and only 3 pin energy saving bulbs will fit (I didn't even know they existed). 'Luckily' someone I work with can get me some for cheaper than i've found online, but I still resent spending over 5 on ONE bulb. I can't change the fitting either as I rent and i'm not going to mess about with electrics!

    Apart from that, I have just accepted that there's certain things that have to be paid for whether I like it or not!
    Grocery challenge - Nov: 52/100
    • laloopi
    • By laloopi 28th Sep 10, 10:12 PM
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    I resent having to pay to park at the hospital. We had to go quite frequently when I was pregnant and at 3 a time it soon adds up! It's not even as if I could have walked there instead :-(.
    Last edited by Former MSE Lee; 01-10-2010 at 12:04 PM.
    Must get organised and rejoin grocery challenge!
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