These people are confessing their worst purchases ever, and you’ll probably just wanna tighten those purse strings

We all know the old saying: You live and you learn. But sometimes those lessons are harder pills to swallow, especially when it comes to the dumb ways we choose to spend our money.

One Ask Reddit thread had people talking about a purchases that they ultimately ended up regretting, making for some pretty fantastic financial advice.

1. jeggah fell for a pyramid scheme. 

I paid a random website £10 for the secrets to become a millionaire.

I received a pdf with instructions on how to build a website to get £10 from people who wanted the secrets to becoming a millionaire.

2. You won’t see MattieCarroll on the red carpet anytime soon. 

When i was 16 years old and gullible, I answered an ad in the paper and paid $250 to become an actor. They never ever called me and I was too embarrassed to tell anyone

3. DamagedSquare never has to buy Halloween candy again. 

3lbs of starburst candies from amazon ate them for a few days but I’ve had 2.5lbs of starbursts in my cabinet for about 2yrs now

4. I have a very expensive 2007 Dell paperweight, thxxx1337.

When I was 18 I moved out of my parents house and I bought an Alienware computer and financed it at 19% interest because I had no clue what I was signing on for at the time.

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5. prodipascension got straight-up bamboozled. 

My vcr/dvd died and I looked up the service manual online. I found a single page pdf with technical specifications and an offical link to purchase what I thought was the full service manual. I paid $16 to get the same page shipped to me that I had already found online.

6. In all honesty, that does sound super comfy, WolfBowduh

Ordered a 4ft plush alligator. Was gonna use it instead of a body pillow. When it came in it was bigger than my bed. Now I regret this decision lol. 

7. watergator has rental car beef. 

A rental car from Advantage. I pre paid online and then when I got there it was announced that there were NO cars left. Not that there weren’t any for walk ups, but zero on the lot. I ended up having to pay double at a rental next door since it was last minute, and then when calling for my refund, they claimed that there was no record of being out of cars. I couldn’t get connected with anyone who could help anything so I eventually had to have a friend drive to the location and have them do the refund there. I’ll never rent from them again no matter how cheap it is and I am doing everything I can to tell other people not to either.

8. Sorry about the market, digicow

My house. It’s too old, too small, and too expensive. And I can’t sell it because it’s gained almost no value in 11 years and my payments on it prevent saving for a new downpayment

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9. This would totally happen to me, Merry_Pippins

I accidentally bought really really expensive wood for slats in my son’s bed. I didn’t realize that the price for the pieces I got were by the foot, not by the each. I thought I was going to spend $30/$40, but instead it was $120. I started crying at the cash register (I might have also been hungry), and I feel so badly for the lady who rang me up. I had them all specially cut so I had to pay for them, and the guy doing the cutting didn’t say anything about the way the pricing worked. I felt (and still do) like such an idiot!

10. Can’t buy time, Usr_Nme_Chks_Out

I watched Downsizing the other day.

Forget the money, it’s two hours I can never get back.

11. LuminousApsana needs new Wine Wednesday buddies. 

Expensive crystal wine glasses. Why? Drunk people knock things over.

12. Try not to think about the current value, ToyVaren

When I went to give my fiancee an engagement ring, I also got her a gold bracelet. It was around $150, 14k, back when gold was $200/oz, so maybe $1k worth of gold now.

While shopping, she stuck her hand in a pile of scarves and it fell off, gone forever. She had it for less than 12 hours.

13. Y’all are lucky this is an option now, georgeenagin

Bought a college textbook only to find it online like a day later

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14. That’s dentist level right there, Fauxlicious

I bought some strawberry flavored numbing lube from Spencers for my first date after coming out. Out of curiosity, I licked a bit of it to see if it actually tasted like strawberries; my entire mouth went numb. That should have been enough of a warning, but I was young and stupid.

15. jck73 wants to go back, to the future. 

A DeLorean.

Second worst purchase? A second DeLorean.

16. cubs_070816 wasn’t inspired. 

a fitbit.

i don’t need a $100 bracelet to know i’m a lazy piece of shit.

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17. I. Am. Amazed, andrewdavido

One of my friends used to think that candles were a huge waste of money because “you could only light them once”

She screamed at one of our friends for blowing out a candle in their living room and was absolutely fucking amazed when we relit it just to show her

18. loraxmcfuzz paid for the nostalgia. 

I recently purchased a vial sample of perfume for $10 plus $3 shipping that I was obsessed with in high school but couldn’t afford to buy just so I could remember what it smelled like. When It arrived it was so old that the lid had decayed and most of it had soaked into the packaging. It went immediately into the round file.

19. What about the luxury, asya_su

Bath bombs. They seem cool but they are extremely boring and expensive

20. Shaw-Deez tried a side hustle. 

I bought two Mega Pass tickets a few years back, which is two tickets to 9 different country music concerts at the amphitheater in my city. A guy I know did the same thing a year prior, and doubled his money by selling them. A lot of the shows sold out that year, so he made a killing, as people wound up desperate for tickets. Unbeknownst to me, most of the shows the year I bought the pass added a second night, so the demand for tickets wasn’t nearly as high. A lot of the tickets I never even sold, and it wasn’t like I was going to go to them myself. I hate country music. Anyways, The plan was to make about $300, and I wound up losing $150. I actually still have some of the tickets in my nightstand for some reason. So if anyone is in the Saint Louis area, and wants to see The Rascal Flatts Three and a half years ago, you can have my tickets.

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