But, hey—I never claimed to be Suze Orman, did I? I’m willing to air out my dirty laundry for the greater good, in hopes that my mistakes help you look closer at your spending habits. You can’t make those resolutions without first taking note of where you slipped up the year before.
So, counting down, here are the five most embarrassing things I waste my money on.
5. The #13 Combo At Whataburger
Don’t forget the honey mustard dipping sauce and a sinfully sized cup of sweet tea. Just like I like it.
This Texas-based fast food chain is my weakness. I’ve actually gotten out of bed and driven in the rain to Whataburger. That’s right—I crave this meal at night.
4. The Dollar Section Of Target
This has not been an issue for me of late, but I remain a sucker for the cluster of $1 item shelves at Target. Cups, pencils, useless toys, desk organizers. I want them all for some reason. “It’s OK. It’s only a dollar,” I think as I fill my cart with $20 worth of … I couldn’t tell ya.
3. Dine Out With A Full Fridge
There should be a psychological term for the act of going to a restaurant the same day you buy groceries (file it next to the term for “snacking while you cook”).
My phone rings as I leave the store. Thai, Mexican, or Korean? Never mind the bag of rice or the fresh salsa I just bought. Sometimes, I don’t even put all the groceries away before I’m out the door again. TACOS!
2. Leisurely IKEA Visits
Look, it’s not my fault that the place that sells the best soft-serve frozen yogurt also happens to sell throw pillows, lamps, and shelving units.
In a place that’s built like a maze and treated like a family outing, I’m embarrassed that I still believe I can grab a quick cone without buying a set of washcloths and steak knives.
1. Sleep Shopping
Every morning, I check my email. On occasion, I see a string of messages from PayPal confirming a payment. Wait. No, it’s not fraud. My memory comes back to me. I bought fragrance oils, five snapbacks, and a giraffe-shaped teapot (don’t ask) about 15 minutes before I fell asleep and hit a REM cycle.
This tops my list of embarrassing ways I spend money because I’m not even fully awake for most of it. When I start sleep-bidding on things on eBay, you have permission to slap me.
What are some cringe-worthy ways you waste your hard-earned cash?
(Photo: Dorothy Yu)