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  • pop80_uk
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    • 11th Jan 11, 10:18 PM
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    • 11th Jan 11, 10:18 PM
    My biggest waste of money has to be my first car, 17 and I bought a Rover Metro for 800 and then insurance TPFT for 1200 a year, then proceeded to waste around 1200 pimping it up.........

    All for two years motoring when the un-comfy, slow and frankly death trap dangerous car failed its MOT with the dreaded rusted underneath.

    It was good only for scrap and I made about 200 from the scrap and a few parts......

    I may as well just burnt a load of fivers! When your young you will never be told though
    Last edited by Former MSE Penelope; 14-01-2011 at 3:29 PM.
    • luxor4t
    • By luxor4t 11th Jan 11, 10:34 PM
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    • 11th Jan 11, 10:34 PM
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    • 11th Jan 11, 10:34 PM
    We booked excursions through our holiday company and, despite the steep prices, thought we were getting the 'best' deal. In resort, of course, we found that the identical excursions were freely available through local tour operators at significantly lower prices .... a hard lesson, but well learned.

    On subsequent trips we have booked locally, our best saving being two balloon flights for 48 compared to the tour company's 'special offer' of 120 per couple!
    I can cook and sew, make flowers grow.
    • needaholiday
    • By needaholiday 11th Jan 11, 10:39 PM
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    • 11th Jan 11, 10:39 PM
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    • 11th Jan 11, 10:39 PM
    Putting my teenage son on a mobile phone monthly contract. What was i thinking! Aaargh.
    • Fred56
    • By Fred56 11th Jan 11, 10:58 PM
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    Fred56
    • #5
    • 11th Jan 11, 10:58 PM
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    • 11th Jan 11, 10:58 PM
    The world's worst money wasters
    1. Cars - no explanation needed
    2. Foreign Holidays - I can't think of any that have been worth it, most deeply disappointing.
    3. Moving home - huge con - you young people, just decide how big a house you need, buy it and stay there for life.
  • cherrycupcake
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    • 11th Jan 11, 11:54 PM
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    • 11th Jan 11, 11:54 PM
    I saw my hubby's fave hair gel product on special offer at 99p each (normally 2+) so I stocked up and bought twelve (!!!!) Then 2 weeks later he decided to shave his hair from that day on!!!!

    Not a huge amount of money wasted, but a funny one!
  • elliep
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    • 11th Jan 11, 11:59 PM
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    • 11th Jan 11, 11:59 PM
    60 for DVD boxset through ebay from a dodgy seller. Never got any DVDs and only managed 1/2 the money back through paypal as seller hadn't set up his bank account properly.

    My boiler, it keeps breaking and costs 100 or more to fix each time, and has cost 500 in the last 2 months. If I had the money upfront I'd have been better off just buying a new boiler a few months ago. The plumber did say that the boiler itself is OK though and 3 months ago he didn't think I needed a new one.

    An old car that had a similar problem to the boiler. I've learned not to keep repairing a car if it starts breaking frequently, just sell and get another one. I've had my current car for 4 years and it's about to reach sale point I think.
    Cross Stitch UFO club member 18.
    • 24skins
    • By 24skins 12th Jan 11, 12:07 AM
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    24skins
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    • 12th Jan 11, 12:07 AM
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    • 12th Jan 11, 12:07 AM
    Buying the kids ridiculous amounts of toys when they were small. I used to spoil them rotten at Christmas and when we moved house a couple of years ago found literally hundreds of pounds worth of things that had been sitting in cupboards untouched for years, it all went to the charity shop because toys lose their value so quickly. If I had my time over again I'd get them a couple of well chosen pressies each year and put the rest of the money into a bank account or pension for them, 'cos all kids really want is to play with people and 'stuff' is worthless to them.
    Last edited by Former MSE Penelope; 14-01-2011 at 3:30 PM.
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  • Issyc
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    • 12th Jan 11, 1:03 AM
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    • 12th Jan 11, 1:03 AM
    Buying the kids ridiculous amounts of toys when they were small. I used to spoil them rotten at Christmas and when we moved house a couple of years ago found literally hundreds of pounds worth of things that had been sitting in cupboards untouched for years, it all went to the charity shop because toys lose their value so quickly. If I had my time over again I'd get them a couple of well chosen pressies each year and put the rest of the money into a bank account or pension for them, 'cos all kids really want is to play with people and 'stuff' is worthless to them.
    Originally posted by 24skins
    Totally agree with you! Give kids your time, a few empty boxes and some paints and they will be happy for ages.
    • Sharon87
    • By Sharon87 12th Jan 11, 1:20 AM
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    Sharon87
    I spent 50 or so on a second hand camera from ebay. Few months later I replaced it as it was rubbish! Still got it, need to try and sell it!

    Also on a previous job I spent so much on Nandos it was crazy. We had a Nandos 2 doors down and I went there once or twice a week (sometimes more!) It's a waste looking back on it, but Nandos is gorgeous lol. I ate out most days, should have saved that money for now! (finished a month ago at that job)

    Don't have much else that was a waste of money - it's usually buying substandard technology products thinking I've saved money, then having to replace them quite quickly with better quality items! I'm rubbish picking out good quality, long lasting technology products. I've had 6 digital cameras in about 7 years (first rubbish and broke, 2nd one trigger button fell off due to overuse, 3rd one I sold to upgrade to 4th one, which I still have, a DSLR. 5th one, see first part of post and 6th one my current fairly good quality one, which I hope will last!
  • Issyc
    Getting married.
    • nonnatus
    • By nonnatus 12th Jan 11, 3:10 AM
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    nonnatus
    booking a holiday on impulse (on the computer following several large glasses of vino) and then realising it was not possible to go. Lost 250 deposit and it still hurts today, 5 years later. Feels like I sat at that computer and literally burned 25 10 notes. Never, EVER again.
    • jenniewb
    • By jenniewb 12th Jan 11, 3:18 AM
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    jenniewb
    1. 3 Mobile: not my choice, they scammed me. (Will detail if you have a good half hour!) Contract ends in Feb. Lesson learn, new contract will not be with 3 Despite them sending me a letter AFTER I tried to cancel early/in advance, telling me my contract had been renewed.

    2. Pair of running shoes for neutral feet when I know I severaly over pronate...but they looked so pretty....!

    3. Half my wardrobe- well, maybe slightly less, I took most of it to the charity clothes bin on New Years Day. Stuff looks good on the hanger...looks terrible on me!

    4. Make-up Foundation. Never wear it, own loads of it, never seem to learn.

    5. Soaps from Lush, smell divine and I own boxes. Never use them. (I use body wash).

    6. E music subscription. 18 for many downloads, could be useful if there was anything worth downloading on the site!

    7. A chair from The Pier, bought on ebay, collected over the other side of the country by coach, sold on ebay 6 months later when I realised I had no use for it.

    8. 3-4-2 books. Do this about once a year despite yeilding the same results: I never end up reading more then one of the three, theres always a better book out there!

    9. Curling wand. Can't be bothered anymore.

    10. Tinned beans, never get round to using them, similar with herbal tea, tinned tuna, dried lentils and herbs.
    • brewerdave
    • By brewerdave 12th Jan 11, 7:00 AM
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    brewerdave
    Gardening "accessories" - 1. leaf blower bought before we realised it didn't work with wet leaves!!!
    2. Small (very expensive!) hardwood greenhouse for seed germination etc - now rotting against the garage wall.
    3. kneeling stool plus box of tools - never used yet! My OH still using old trowels etc
    4. Electric moss raker/leaf remover - absolutely useless!
    Last edited by brewerdave; 12-01-2011 at 7:00 AM. Reason: spelling!
    • roddydogs
    • By roddydogs 12th Jan 11, 7:19 AM
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    roddydogs
    Digital Photo Frame
    • noody123
    • By noody123 12th Jan 11, 7:53 AM
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    noody123
    My ex husband cost me thousands.
    • davenport151
    • By davenport151 12th Jan 11, 8:41 AM
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    davenport151
    biggest waste of money.
    To pop80_uk;mine was also a Metro.Should have had it looked at before buying,it was high milage and had not had regular servicing over the years.I threw loads of money at it as I thought each time that was the last thing that needed doing to it.
    Lesson to be learned;Always get you mechanic or someone you trust to look a car over for you.That was the only time I didnt do that.
  • Trillian
    The world's worst money wasters
    3. Moving home - huge con - you young people, just decide how big a house you need, buy it and stay there for life.
    Originally posted by Fred56
    If only it were that easy...
  • ehalil
    My biggest waste of money has to be my first car, 17 and I bought a Rover Metro for 800 and then insurance TPFT for 1200 a year, then proceeded to waste around 1200 pimping it up.........

    All for two years motoring when the un-comfy, slow and frankly death trap dangerous car failed its MOT with the dreaded rusted underneath.

    It was good only for scrap and I made about 200 from the scrap and a few parts......

    I may as well just burnt a load of fivers! When your young you will never be told though
    Originally posted by pop80_uk
    Just wanted to say, I got a rover metro as my first car too but I wrote it off within 4 months of passing my test which was a shame as it was a lovely little car, don't diss the Rover Metro too much!

    My biggest money waste was when I went on holiday last year, in the rush of organising everything, I didn't realise that my hotel didn't accept credit cards so I had to withdraw all my hotel fees from an ATM, so I got a lower exchange rate and had to pay fees for withdrawing the cash!!

    I got burned!! but still had a fab holiday up to that point
  • SmileyMiley
    Having kids.

    OK so there are some upsides there but seriously, if anyone had told me how much they cost I might have got a dog instead!
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