Dumb Things I Used to Waste Money On

There's a moment in life when you realise enough is enough on a number of things. You decide you’ll no longer entertain anything or anyone that prevents you from living a fulfilling life. For me, that meant no more fuckboys, no more “face-framing” fringes, and no more wasting money.

Personal finance is a pertinent topic, and I used to suck at it. Now, I’ve become far more vigilant about my outgoings, and I’m actually starting to save and invest so that my future self will be secure.

But sometimes, I can’t help but think about how dumb I’ve been with my money in the past. Looking back, my spending habits make me want to hurl a hammer at myself. I was young, I was senseless, and I needed supervision.

A trip down memory lane is what the doctor ordered today, so savour my quick list of frivolous spending:

  1. AVOCADO TOAST
    Last year, I vowed to never order avocado on toast in a restaurant again. I read countless articles on how millennials waste their money on this basic dish that you can easily recreate at home for a fraction of the cost.

  2. WEEKLY BLOW DRIES
    This one makes me cringe. I used to think it was acceptable to fork out £25 to £30 on a blow dry just so that my hair could look pretty. After watching endless YouTube videos, I’ve finally mastered the technique, and I no longer need to rely on a hairdresser to keep my mane intact. I’m also trying to save my hair from excessive heat.

  3. CONDIMENTS
    Every time I went grocery shopping, I’d buy a variety of condiments that I never used in my cooking. It was really audacious of me, and I don’t know who I thought I was.

  4. TAKE-OUT TEA FROM COFFEE CHAINS
    A friend of mine gave me a GREAT tip: carry your own tea bags. When you’re at a coffee joint, ask for hot water. Then, when you’re out, add your tea bag. Yes, major cheapskate.

  5. FAST FASHION
    I’ve steered clear of fast fashion for the past two to three years. But no matter where I’m buying from, I’ll look into compositions. I try to avoid polyester and other synthetic fabrics where I can, and I aim to buy more natural, organic materials like cotton, linen and cashmere. Sure, it might sometimes be more expensive, but it lasts much longer, which means I end up buying fewer clothes altogether. Plus, it’s better for the environment.

  6. MAKEUP

    It wasn’t until last month that I cleaned out all the crap from my vanity area. I used to buy makeup purely for the cute packaging, but I’d only use about five products on the regular. I had drawers and cupboards full of skincare and makeup products which were impulse-buys that served me no purpose. Now that I’m on a controlled skincare routine that my dermatologist prescribed me, I don’t feel the need to waste money on facial mists and creams. I’ve also become more mindful of my expenditure on makeup. I only buy what I use often, and aesthetics no longer tempt me.