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What do you refuse to spend money on?

66Mustang66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,099 Disability Gamechanger
In contrast to @Cress’s thread I thought I’d start a thread, a bit more up my street as I’m tight, asking what areas of life you spend the absolute minimum amount of money on

A couple for me:

Medicines - I don’t buy branded medicines. As long as they have the same active ingredients there is no reason to buy a branded medicine in my mind. (Maybe someone can correct me? I’m open to it!)

Clothes - I’m not into fashion so spend little on clothes and shoes. Only buy new shoes and clothes when my old ones have holes in them!

Over to you

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  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 11,201 Disability Gamechanger
    I refuse to buy bottled water when I already pay for my water supply 
  • 66Mustang66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,099 Disability Gamechanger
    That’s a good one
  • leeCalleeCal Member Posts: 3,703 Disability Gamechanger
    I have resisted buying a smartphone and associated contracts or extra tv channels over freeview and I too am against buying bottled water. I also sometimes make my own rawlplugs from wood. 
  • 66Mustang66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,099 Disability Gamechanger
  • CressCress Member Posts: 498 Pioneering
    Window cleaners... have nets, dont care!

    I only buy generic etc meds, the price difference is usually huge.

    Toilet roll, wont buy cheapest but own brand is fine for me, dont need quilted or cushelle type stuff.

    Toothpaste....there's always a shiny new one that does exceptional things for a fiver... couple of months down the line it's £1.50 'cause they've brought out an even better then the even better one...

    I'm sure I'll be back with more!

  • lisathomas50lisathomas50 Posts: 4,363 Disability Gamechanger
    I like the bottled flavoured water so do buy that but I refuse to buy fizzy pop  I would  dread to think what it does to your body 
  • OverlyAnxiousOverlyAnxious Member Posts: 1,443 Disability Gamechanger
    Amazon Prime or Spotify Premium...  I'll use the free trials though!  :D
  • lisathomas50lisathomas50 Posts: 4,363 Disability Gamechanger
    @OverlyAnxious I love my amazon prime with the free delivery and bring able to shop at morrisons  on my app and loads of box sets and films and things to watch 
  • CressidaCressida Member Posts: 839 Pioneering
    leeCal said:
    I have resisted buying a smartphone and associated contracts or extra tv channels over freeview and I too am against buying bottled water. I also sometimes make my own rawlplugs from wood. 
    I love that you make your own wooden rawlplugs. I love all things wooden. 
  • woodbinewoodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 4,516 Disability Gamechanger
    I refuse to pay £10 to have my hair cut, senior management has done it for the last 15 years with clippers, must have saved me well over £600 so far.
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  • Sandy_123Sandy_123 Member Posts: 1,541 Pioneering
    @66Mustang I just want bargains lol, Poundland do branded stuff for a quid I refuse to pay supermarket prices for same items that are dearer. I also refuse amazon  prime, I won't buy sea food sauce ever as it's just ketchup and mayo to make. I also look for vouchers for on line shopping.
  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 6,628 Disability Gamechanger
    janer1967 said:
    I refuse to buy bottled water when I already pay for my water supply 
    With you all the way on that one. Human beings absorb the equivalent of a credit cards worth of plastic each week and then wonder why we have odd health issues. I spent  £50 on a Chilli’s water bottle instead. It will take tap water or hot drinks. It’s solid; doesn’t damage the environment anc looks cool too.

    There is little I wouldn’t spend money on. I’m a great believer that value for money is a nonsense. You largely get what you pay for. 
  • deb74deb74 Member Posts: 766 Pioneering
    I refuse to pay a fortune for anything. I tend to buy supermarkets own products and most of my clothes come from charity shops. I have also bought all my furniture from charity shops. I have saved myself a fortune!
  • Ross_ScopeRoss_Scope Posts: 4,187

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    deb74 said:
    I refuse to pay a fortune for anything. I tend to buy supermarkets own products and most of my clothes come from charity shops. I have also bought all my furniture from charity shops. I have saved myself a fortune!
    That's a very efficient, cost effective way to live, bravo to you :) 
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  • mia97mia97 Member Posts: 23 Courageous
    If I am able to find free parking, I will park there (as long as it is not doing anyone any harm). I have never understood why some car parks charge. Example, a car park next to the local park...why should you pay, just in order to enjoy your family day out at the park? And don't even get me started on hospital car parks - most people who park at hospitals are visiting a family member or friend who is ill. They are not choosing to be there, it's a case of having to be due to circumstances - I see it as exploitation of a vulnerable situation.
  • woodbinewoodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 4,516 Disability Gamechanger
    "Putting a child into care, isn't caring for a child" (T.Rhattigan)
  • 66Mustang66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,099 Disability Gamechanger
    Some interesting contributions everyone thank you for posting. I especially like the one about parking.
  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Posts: 5,039

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    Biro pens. Pretty much all of the ones I own are ones I've been given for free from companies and so on :D 
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  • 66Mustang66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,099 Disability Gamechanger
    Biro pens. Pretty much all of the ones I own are ones I've been given for free from companies and so on :D 
    Haha :D
  • leeCalleeCal Member Posts: 3,703 Disability Gamechanger
    edited March 6
    Biro pens. you know, thinking way back, I’m sure that people commonly used a pencil and paper for general notes, shopping lists etc, Ink was more for permanent records or correspondence or form filling or perhaps school work etc. I suppose I’m saying that for general note taking a pencil might be cheaper than using a biro, with the added benefit of being able to rub out the pencil marks and re use the paper. Just call me Scrooge. 😄

    pretty sure we only used pencil at primary school unless we were doing writing class, then it was a pot of ink and a scratchy old wooden handled pen in those days.
  • 66Mustang66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,099 Disability Gamechanger
  • MarkN88MarkN88 Member Posts: 1,297 Pioneering
    Biro pens. Pretty much all of the ones I own are ones I've been given for free from companies and so on :D 
    I’m the opposite tbh, I have an obsession with pens I think, and I’m not ashamed to admit it. 
  • lisathomas50lisathomas50 Posts: 4,363 Disability Gamechanger
    @leeCal when I was in school we wrote with pencil  and used an ink pot and a nib to write withe in tests or things like that 😅
  • OverlyAnxiousOverlyAnxious Member Posts: 1,443 Disability Gamechanger
    mia97 said:
    If I am able to find free parking, I will park there (as long as it is not doing anyone any harm). I have never understood why some car parks charge. Example, a car park next to the local park...why should you pay, just in order to enjoy your family day out at the park? And don't even get me started on hospital car parks - most people who park at hospitals are visiting a family member or friend who is ill. They are not choosing to be there, it's a case of having to be due to circumstances - I see it as exploitation of a vulnerable situation.
    Land costs money...  The landowner could lease out the land, or build some sort of business or dwelling on there to rent out and get an income from it.  Instead they choose to offer parking on that land so that parking needs to be paid for.  

    I can't remember the last time I paid to park anywhere through choice though.  If there are no free spaces nearby I'll go somewhere else!!  :D   The only time I've paid to park in at least the last 3 or 4 years was for my PIP assessment as there were no free spaces near the centre...but they were meant to cover to my travel & parking costs anyway.
  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Posts: 5,039

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    I just find stuff written in ink a bit easier to read I think @leeCal and, however strange it sounds, I prefer the way it feels when writing on paper :D Re-using the paper is next level money saving! 

    We had to use pencils in primary school until we got our 'pen license', and then we could use a Berol handwriting pen. 

    Nothing wrong with that @MarkN88! Do you have any fancy or interesting ones? I have a fountain pen but I haven't used it in years.
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  • MarkN88MarkN88 Member Posts: 1,297 Pioneering
    @Tori_Scope I just like bright and colourful ones haha. 
  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Posts: 5,039

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    Nothing wrong with that @MarkN88! I do have some coloured ones, but don't use them so much these days. 

    Did you ever have smelly gel pens? They used to be all the rage. I can still smell some of them if I close my eyes and cast my mind back :D 
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  • MarkN88MarkN88 Member Posts: 1,297 Pioneering
    Nothing wrong with that @MarkN88! I do have some coloured ones, but don't use them so much these days. 

    Did you ever have smelly gel pens? They used to be all the rage. I can still smell some of them if I close my eyes and cast my mind back :D 
    I remember them yes, not sure if I ever had any though. 
  • OverlyAnxiousOverlyAnxious Member Posts: 1,443 Disability Gamechanger
    I'm guessing both of you had one of those thick pens with about 6 different colour inside?  

    I'd forgotten about the pen licence!  :D
  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Posts: 5,039

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    I inherited my brother's old ones @MarkN88. I remember the smell of the cinnamon, popcorn, and cola ones the best. 

    Of course @OverlyAnxious :D I think I still have one somewhere! Hours of fun trying to press all of the levers down at the same time... How could you possibly forget about your pen license? Do you not have it framed? ;) 
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  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 6,628 Disability Gamechanger
    I have few pens. Little point with Nystagmus. It’s a struggle to read the handwriting of others and my hand-writing is simplistic at best as it’s the only way I can read it. 
  • kes2611kes2611 Member Posts: 118 Connected
    I dont buy branded food,toilet rolls wtc.Only branded stuff i buy is diet coke.
  • MarkN88MarkN88 Member Posts: 1,297 Pioneering
    edited March 8
    kes2611 said:
    I dont buy branded food,toilet rolls wtc.Only branded stuff i buy is diet coke.
    Oooo Pepsi max for me..

    I don’t buy - 

    1. Newspapers or magazines, content is available online. 
    2. I do a lot of shopping at LIDL, reduces the amount considerably. 
    3. Clothes from charity shops, I’m not into brands or fashion. 
    4. Printer paper & ink, stopped using them, I keep things digital and electronically. 
  • carthacartha Member Posts: 1,388 Pioneering
    66Mustang said:
    8<

    Medicines - I don’t buy branded medicines. As long as they have the same active ingredients there is no reason to buy a branded medicine in my mind. (Maybe someone can correct me? I’m open to it!)

    Clothes - I’m not into fashion so spend little on clothes and shoes. Only buy new shoes and clothes when my old ones have holes in them!

    Over to you
    I agree with both of those. I mostly buy clothes from charity shops because I can get nicer clothes for less money. Shoes I buy new. My current pair are cracked across the middle on the soles so I suppose I should stop complaining about wet socks when it rains an start wearing out another pair.

    I avoid spending on large companies as much as possible and in favour of local companies and companies that people I know are linked to in some way. I also won't pay through Google, Apple or Patreon for anyone I want to support because those companies take away far too much commission which makes the little man really struggle to get off the ground. I would rather buy goods directly from the people I support, such as a few small music artists I like, I buy their CD's, and I have bought books direct from authors which usually contain a personal message, too. I don't mind a middle"man" but I don't like a greedy one.

    I won't spend money to buy something I can't have and hold. I'm not talking about subscriptions and rentals but buying things to own, a movie, game, or music. I have been stung too many times, now. If I buy a any of these items I want my own copy in a standard format which will work on all my devices without having to check back with the retailer all the time to make sure it is a legal copy. I still prefer CD's and DVD's because they come with a nice cover with a but of information and are something I can feel like I own.

    People used to call me an Apple "fan boy" because I owned so much Apple kit. I will no longer spend a penny with Apple after experiencing a lot of problems with more recent hardware, and Apple lying through their teeth about known problems they wanted to charge a fortune for looking at when the items should have really been recalled. They have since admitted the faults publicly but it's years after customers were experiencing the problems so it's no help to anyone now. Maybe one day they will do the right thing again and I will be able to experience their wonderful software again.

    If I had the choice I would refuse to spend money on certain taxes but the free accommodation offered if I were to do that really doesn't appeal to me ;-)

    That's about all I can think of, and I think my list is long enough now!
  • carthacartha Member Posts: 1,388 Pioneering
    8<
    We had to use pencils in primary school until we got our 'pen license', and then we could use a Berol handwriting pen. 

    What is a "pen licence"?
  • carthacartha Member Posts: 1,388 Pioneering
    Haircuts, seeing as I refuse on principle to spend more than about 4 quid on one and during lockdown Mum's been doing it. Also the few times I go to the Pub, I refuse on principle to pay more than about 3 quid a Pint, even at Town prices.


    Haircuts are another one for me. My brother is a hairdresser and took over from my mother doing my hair when he started qualifying. After he moved to Australia I ended up cutting my own hair for £9.99 for a set of cutters from Tesco that are still going strong about twenty years later. I guess that works out to pennies per hair cut :-)  I used to cut my daughter's hair for as long as she would let me. She's fourteen now and sometimes does her own fringe trimming but it's £10+ at the hairdressers outside that! No more children's rates.
  • carthacartha Member Posts: 1,388 Pioneering
    @leeCal when I was in school we wrote with pencil  and used an ink pot and a nib to write withe in tests or things like that 😅
    I used a hammer a chisel at school.

    But I did use a ball point pen in all the non wood working classes ;-)  I only remember using pencils for drawing and wood work. Someone gave me a Papermate pen when I went to college and I still have it. It's still my favourite pen, though it isn't fancy looking nor my favourite colour but I love the feel of it when writing.
  • ChrisWChrisW Member Posts: 10 Courageous
    I refuse to spend money at MacDonalds, never even been in one in the UK.
    Only been to one in America because it's an American thing.
    Same as paella is Spanish, frogs legs are French etc.
    But nothing tastes the same, like the Americans can't make English tea or fish and chips like we do.
  • carthacartha Member Posts: 1,388 Pioneering
    ChrisW said:
    I refuse to spend money at MacDonalds, never even been in one in the UK.
    Only been to one in America because it's an American thing.
    Same as paella is Spanish, frogs legs are French etc.
    But nothing tastes the same, like the Americans can't make English tea or fish and chips like we do.
    I don't see the attraction to Macdonalds, I get far better burgers in the local independent shops. I last ate Macdonalds in 2000 but only because I was on a road trip and I was outvoted about where to stop. I didn't have to pay for it but it reminded me of flavoured cardboard. I don't think I have ever spent my own money in a Macdonalds. I agreee that food is usually better in the country it's from but there's really no reason to not make it as good in UK. I grew up with Nandos in RSA and loved it but was very disappointed with the UK version. Chinese food is often weird here, too. Indian food I find OK. Fish and chips from a good shop is great in UK but it was pretty disgusting in RSA where I tried it. I loved KFC in RSA but have never enjoyed it in UK. I don't know why they change a good formula often when selling it in another country.

    I had frog's legs in Belgium. I assume they are similar to France. Not something I would buy again but I can at least say I have tried them. I would rather have chicken legs cooked with the same sauce :-)
  • 66Mustang66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,099 Disability Gamechanger
    edited March 12
    I had a burger from a burger van for the first time when I was 20 and it was the nicest burger I had ever had, nicer than a £5 Big Mac or £7 Subway (I know that’s not burgers but you get what I mean) and it cost like £1.30 so I will always go to a decent burger van now. People say to avoid burger vans but I have never had a problem with the food or hygiene from them and they always seem really friendly as well.
  • MarbleMarble Member Posts: 20 Connected
    BBC Licence don't pay it cancelled it best thing l ever did. 
  • carthacartha Member Posts: 1,388 Pioneering
    @66Mustang Burger vans have to follow the same hygiene rules as any other food outlet. I've never had a problem from a burger van, and it supports the locals. No franchise fees or prime location rent for them to pay out.

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