Like, waaaaay more than it should.
The numbers are big and scary. The national debt topped $16 trillion last week.
But let’s not have a big political argument today about spending. Because the fact is, we all overspend on something. Admit it! It doesn’t matter how holy you are, how good a steward you are of God’s money, or how much you tithe. You have some money you’re throwing down the drain, indulging in some luxury you don’t need, and you know it. I do it too.
For a little Friday fun, let’s confess what we’re overspending on today.
Yeah, our cable is packed with our internet service. But really, with Netflix streaming, there’s hardly any reason for us to still have cable, aside from watching the last season of Jersey Shore.
I’m not alone. The gym membership I bought for the summer went really underutilized. But 4 out of 5 gym memberships go unused, making gyms equal to churches in numbers of people who call themselves “members” but never show up. And just like church, you just feel better by saying you’re a member while you sleep in. Yea, health!
I think the Amish are right. Insurance is a form of gambling, and the house always wins. Last week, my wife and I were pouring over some new insurance quotes. Conclusion: this is the biggest crock in the history of humanity.
My wife and I are food nerds, I admit it. She reads Bon Apetit magazine. Yes. And not only does this hoity toity, foo foo magazine tell her about all the exotic ingredients she needs to buy, but we eat at restaurants just way too much. We go out to eat, and sometimes we don’t even have a conversation…except about the food. The food is our topic of conversation. We are a lost cause.
Yes, vinegar. If you had told me a week ago that I would be overpaying for vinegar, I would have slapped you in the ear. That was, until we discovered a local store, purveyor of fine specialty vinegars and olive oils. Yes, this is a thing. Picture a few dozen flavors of vinegar and olive oil. Plus, it’s a Christian establishment. Let’s just say we have a new favorite condiment…for everything. Cinnamon pear vinegar with blood orange olive oil should now be on everyone’s bucket list. And by that, I mean you should buy a bucket of it.
It’s a fact of human nature. Gifts get regifted. You just can’t always know what someone wants. Sometimes, a gift is obligatory, even though you don’t really want to give a gift. Either way, we’ll soon be gearing up for gift-giving season, and I know we’ll be blowing cash on crap that no one wants.
Dear government: I know how to waste my own dang money, thank you very much.
What do you willingly, eagerly overspend on? Don’t deny it! What corners have you cut lately to save some unnecessary spending?