>Things that cost an absurd amount of money and, likewise, make me mad

>For those of you that know me, you know I hate to spend money. For those of you CREEPERS that don’t know me but just love reading this oh-so-charming blog…..well- I hate to spend money. Apparently my brother is frugal like me, but he is an actual person with a real salary and relatively cheap rent… so he has no excuse! But alas, when it comes to taking the bills out of the wallet, I get flustered, and slightly panicky. Especially when it comes to things that are way more expensive than they should be.


Again, I decided to make a list. Lists are easier to read. No one likes long paragraphs, especially without photos. Boring.

Things That Cost An Absurd Amont Of Money And, Likewise, Make Me Mad

1)Gym memberships.
Oof. I just cancelled mine today because I’m leaving DC, and I was unaware of their 30-day notice. So, on top of a $25 cancellation fee, I have to pay up until the 18th of February…which means I’m spening an extra $50 for no reason! And on top of that, I have paid $70 a month, plus a $50 joining-fee, all because I am an active kid who loves to run a few miles every day. I understand that the high costs cover all the perks gyms offer: yoga classes, spinning, trainers, weird bike simulators, intimidating weight machines, showers, saunas, pools, water fountains, medicine balls, and mountains and mountains of towels, but STILL…..tis a lot of money. I actually went this evening, and they were hosting an open house with drinks and snacks. They had free chipotle. I dodged for that shit. I guess that’s where my cancellation fee is headed.

2)Corking Fees
Alcohol is expensive enough at restaurants; your mind is skewed to believe a $25 bottle of wine is cheap, when in reality it’s probably sitting on the shelves in a liquor store for $7.99. That’s why BYOB seems like a fairly good idea, until the restaurant decides to throw you a left hook and charge you to open up the bottle. Want to bring a nice bottle of your own? That’ll be $20!

3)Bathing Suits
Bathing suits can be preeeetty expensive. We’re talking over fifty bucks! And for what? It normally consists of two itty-bitty pieces of nothing, but they can charge you a ton because bathing suits are arguably a necessary item of clothing. The worst is when you are under the impression that the whole suit is a certain amount of money, only to realize each piece is individually priced. Sigh.

4)Tolls
Cars are expensive. Gas is expensive. Insurance in expensive. Parking can be expensive. Let us just drive on the roads for free, will ya?

5)Cover Charges
Like I mentioned before, alcohol at restaurants is expensive. Same goes with alcohol at bars. Knowing that I’m going to probably spend some money when I go to a bar, I really don’t want to have to pay just to enter! There was a bar in Saratoga Springs that I never went to because there was a $2 cover. Yeah, it’s that bad.

6)Cauliflower
I like cauliflower. I really reallly reallly like cauliflower. Unfortunately, it is pretty pricey. And for some reason, the grocery store by my house is always out of the regular cauliflower, so I have to buy the organic brand that’s even more money. I title this: the woes of a middle-class white girl.

7)Amtrak
They (whoever “they” are) are upping the cost of trains these days. If you thought flying was expensive, try a small trip from NYC to DC. If you book a day or two before, it can cost you upwards of $200. $200!!! For a 300mile trip. Oy vey. I think I’ll walk.

About lschwecherl

Growth director at Greatist, lover of running, words, mountains, autumn, seltzer, the trumpet, and talking in person.

Posted on January 19, 2011, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. >me? frugal? couldnt be

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