25 Unreasonably Expensive Things You Might Spend Money On Anyway

We’ve all had that moment. It’s when you stop and think to yourself, “Why on Earth does this cost so...

We’ve all had that moment. It’s when you stop and think to yourself, “Why on Earth does this cost so much? It really shouldn’t. There has to be a way to find this in a cheaper form.” The thing is, usually there is a cheaper version. It’s just that the easiest to find, within-arms-length product is typically more expensive.

So what sort of things are we going to be talking about? Well, there’s the obvious ones, like weddings. We know that every guy in the world is sitting there scratching his head and wondering how in the world one day could cost so much. Then there are more specific things like domestic flights in Canada. It’s strange how it can be cheaper to fly from Vancouver to London than it is to fly from Vancouver to Toronto. And then there are things that we’re just joking about. Like dating. Well, we know that some of you aren’t joking about it. But hey, not everyone’s dates are crazy expensive. We’re just going to leave that up to you and your significant other.

Without going into too much more detail, let’s just jump right in! These are 25 Unreasonably Expensive Things You Might Spend Money On Anyway!

Featured Image: Pictures of Money via Flickr

25

Trains in the UK

Trains in the UK

Image: wikipedia, Source: dailymail

Apparently some students fly to Germany and then back to the UK because it’s cheaper than taking the train.

24

Beef jerky

Beef jerky

Image: wikipedia, Source: reddit

Just make your own. You can get a cheap dehydrator for about 30 bucks.

23

Cars

Cars

Image: wikipedia, Source: 9gag

In the UK, you go broke riding trains; in America, you go broke fixing your broken car.

22

Babies

Babies

Image: wikipedia, Source: thoughtcatalog

They’re money pits.

Note: This is tongue-in-cheek; we already know that babies are priceless.

21

Nuts

Nuts

Image: wikipedia, Source: wikipedia

The reason these are so expensive is partly because Iran used to produce most of them (until the embargo). California produces the rest, but droughts are never good for nut crops.

20

Braces

Braces

Image: wikipedia, Source: reddit

Two words – dental vacation. Just fly out to Mexico, get your braces, chill on the beach, and fly back.

Note: You’ll get Mexico’s best doctors for cheaper than America’s worst doctors. And those Mexican doctors can be pretty darn good. Wealthy Mexicans need braces too…

19

Guacamole

Guacamole

Image: wikipedia, Source: 9gag

It’s a lot cheaper to just buy some avocados and make your own.

18

Car insurance

Car insurance

Image: wikipedia, Source: reddit

Thanks to government mandated insurance, there’s a lot of fraud and corruption in this industry. Generally speaking, mandatory things shouldn’t be for-profit. But hey…lobbies and stuff.

17

Contact lenses

Contact lenses

Image: wikipedia, Source: reddit

Pro-tip: you don’t actually have to exchange them every 2 weeks; just make sure to soak them at night.

16

Haircuts for women

Hair cuts for woman

Image: pixabay, Source: 9gag

No guy will ever understand this.

15

Dating

Dating

Image: pixabay, Source: thoughtcatalog

Pro-tip: Go for walks, lots of walks. It’s cheaper, and it’s good for you. Plus, your wallet will thank you.

14

Airport water

Airport water

Image: wikipedia, Source: reddit

This only applies to non-America, but apparently the EU is considering passing laws that prevent the price of water from spiking after the security check.

Note to Europe: The reason this only applies to non-America is because in the US they have something called water fountains. They’re on every corner, even in the airport.

13

HOA fees

HOA fees

Source: reddit

If any of your neighbors suggests having an HOA, frame them and report them to the police. Okay, we’re joking. But seriously, don’t mess with HOA’s. It’s communism, and this is ‘Murica.

12

Domestic flights in Canada

Domestic flights in Canada

Image: pixabay, Source: 9gag

It’s cheaper to drive to the US, fly across the continent, and drive back to Canada.

11

Ticket fees for live performances

Ticket fees for life performances

Image: pexels, Source: reddit

If only venues would stop hiding the real costs and then letting Tickemaster take the blame.

10

Visiting family in a developing country

Visiting family in a developing country

Image: wikipedia, Source: reddit

You westerners don’t understand. The gifts we are required to take home cost more than the plane ticket. That is the real reason that none of your Asian friends ever fly over there.

9

Taxes on the middle class

Taxes on the middle class

Image: wikipedia, Source: 9gag

When you’re rich, you can just move your money into offshore bank accounts *cough* Panama *cough*.

8

Food

Food

Image: wikipedia, Source: reddit

Come on Europe, you’ve got free healthcare and college, how about food?

Note: Switzerland is toying around with the idea of paying all their citizens a basic income. Also, we were being sarcastic about the food.

7

TI-83

TI-83

Image: wikipedia, Source: 9gag

These things were $100 twenty years ago and nothing has changed. Nowadays computers with 10,000 times the computing power are cheaper. What gives?

6

Diamonds

Diamonds

Image: publicdomainpictures.net, Source: reddit

It’s just compressed coal…

5

Olive oil

Olive oil

Image: pixabay, Source: reddit

According to recent investigations (CBS), most of it is fake anyway.

4

Electronics in Australia

australia

Source: 9gag

At one point, it was cheaper to fly to the US, buy an iPad, and fly back than it was to just buy the iPad in Australia.

3

Houses

Houses

Image: wikipedia, Source: reddit

Most houses in North America are built out of cardboard anyway. For $1 million, that McMansion better be full of diamonds and olive oil.

2

Weddings

Weddings

Image: wikipedia, Source: reddit

Having no friends is cheaper.

1

Being poor

bank fee

Image: 401kcalculator via Flickr, Source: reddit

At most banks, you get charged a fee for not having enough money in your account. It’s basically a penalty for being poor.

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