Extra tv-packages + extra fast internet
Every now and then I get a call from my ISP/cable-provider with an offer they think I can’t refuse. Like last time, when I could get 3 months of HBO for half price and after that it would cost my ‘only’ 15 euro’s a month. I told her I use Netflix for movies and TV-shows so I didn’t need HBO. She kept trying for about 10 minutes before finally giving up (I let her try, I was in slow traffic anyway so I needed the entertainment). It’s not that I don’t like HBO, but I just don’t watch a lot of TV and I really don’t want to spend the 15 euro’s a month. Same with extra fast internet. I have the lowest internet speed, which is still fast enough to stream Netflix. We had the same speed at the student house I was living in, so why would I need a faster package when I’m living alone.
Lunch at work
Apart from the fact that they don’t have a lot of options for me anyway I don’t spend a lot of money at the restaurant. I think I might spend about 10 euro’s a month there, most of the time I only buy fruit. ‘I could never spend time making lunch’ is something my co-workers say a lot when the topic comes up. All I wonder is, so you don’t have 5 minutes to fix a lunch at night? I rather spend 5 minutes making my own lunch if that means I wouldn’t have to spend 15-20 euro’s a week in the restaurant. 20 euro’s a week, 45 weeks a year (breaks, a few days of sick leave), that’s almost a 900 euro’s a year, just on lunch! I know a lot of other things I can spend that money on.
At my cable company, I have to pay about 6 euro’s a month for a landline, and that is without even using it. But, my cellphone plan offers me 150 minutes a month, which I usually spend during calls I make in the car. So a landline would just be a waste of money. With mobile internet and apps like What’s app I usually use that to keep day to day contacts.
Since I live alone and I have a fulltime job I don’t have a lot of washing up to do. I do my washing once a day at night while I’m prepping breakfast and lunch. I’m sure a dishwasher would save water, but I just don’t have the room for it. And I’m not sacrificing my washing machine just so I can have a dishwasher (yes, I’ve seen it). Same goes for my dryer. I normally just hang my laundry out on a rack in the bedroom. The only time I would like a dryer is when I’m washing my sheets, because they take up so much room and I can’t do any other laundry. But with good planning that can be solved easily.
Insurance on appliances
- shaving cream, I always use shower gel or shampoo. Works just as well for me, since I often react to shaving cream (don’t get me started about that cream you can use to remove hair)
- fabric softener, I love ‘hard’ towels.
- bottles of soda, I often only drink one glass so when I feel the need to drink a soda I rather buy a can.
- bags of crisps, nuts (snacks), again when I have a need for snacking I often buy a small pack.
The last two might seem weird, because buying a can of soda of a snack sizes bag of nuts is often more expensive then buying a bottle of full-size bag. But I either toss half of it away or I eat the whole bag and I get sick. What kind of things do you rather not spend money on.