My 5 Costly Bad Habits

by Kristina Tahnyak on July 3, 2012 · 3 comments

money drainGood Morning DINKS. We may all be in the good habit of saving money on a regular basis, but let me ask you this…do you have bad habits that are actually costing you money? I am not talking about impulsive spending, personal vices such as drugs and alcohol, a gambling habit, or spending money carelessly.  I am talking about daily habits that you have which can be harmful to your personal finances.

I admittedly have a few personal bad habits that I would love to change because they are costly in the both the short and in the long term.

Do you have any bad habits that you would like to change?

Here are my 5 costly bad habits

– Leaving the Water Running.  I leave the water running when I brush my teeth, and sadly this is a bad (and costly) habit that I have recently picked up. When I was younger I remember my Dad always telling me to shut off the water when I wasn’t using it if I was brushing my teeth and for some reason I have started doing it now.  I turn the water on when I think that I am ready to rinse my teeth, but then I continue brushing. Leaving the water running is definitely a costly habit.

– Using Too Much of One Thing. I feel as if I am constantly buying household items and personal toiletries such as toilet paper, paper towels, and toothpaste.  I definitely use more paper towels to wipe things then I need to and I definitely roll off more toilet paper then I need.  This is one of my bad habits that I am trying to improve.  Toilet paper and paper towels are not cheap and this costly bad habit is costing me a fortune.

– Wasting Unused Items.  I don’t throw out a lot of unused food, but it does happen a couple times a month.  This is mostly because I may be craving a food while I am in the grocery store, but then I don’t feel like eating it once I get home.  As I move into a more minimalistic lifestyle I also find myself with unwanted clothes and accessories; however I do not waste them, I donate all of my unwanted but still useable items to charity.

– Enjoying the Shopping Experience.  This may only be a female thing and I can’t describe it any better other than saying its like shopping at the pharmacy for perfume and makeup versus shopping at Sephora. I sometimes overpay for items because I enjoy a more luxurious (and expensive) shopping experience. My apologizes to our male readers for this girly moment.

– Not Recycling. I am not referring to recycling in the eco friendly sense of the word, but instead I am referring to recycling as in finding other uses for my items after I no longer want or need them.   I feel as if I could save money if I could just be a little bit more creative and use items for reasons other than their intended purpose.  If I could reuse items for something else afterwards or if I could use one item for two different purposes I could definitely cut costs and save money.

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1 Michelle July 3, 2012 at 9:38 am

I’m really bad with leaving the water running. I’ll turn on the shower, but then I’ll brush my teeth and wash my face in the sink while it’s running. I don’t know why I do that!

2 Diana July 3, 2012 at 11:15 am

I completely understand how you described the shopping experience point. I love shopping at Lush which is a higher end bath and body shop. I can get soap much cheaper elsewhere but I enjoy the complete experience. So guilty of this one!

3 Kristina July 4, 2012 at 7:49 pm

@Michelle – That is too funny I am guilty of the same thing.

@Diana – OH I absolutely love Lush. Have you tried Sabon yet?

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