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Capital gains tax. Fee for EZ Pass on rental cars.
Parking. Concerts, sporting events, shows, etc. – almost every venue charges for parking. Around here that can be $20-30 per vehicle. I may sound like an old codger for saying this, but parking used to be free and accessible but has become another source of revenue for the event. I also don’t like paying to park when I’m simply going downtown. In that case, it’s the city/town profiting off the fact that I’ve gone to town to meet friends for lunch, dinner, or a drink. Now, with electronic apps, I’m paying both the city and the app vendor for something that was once free. Whenever possible, I try to find a remote option that is either cheaper or free and walk my way to the destination, but that’s not always an option.
My barber of thirty plus years just retired. Dino learned to cut hair in Italy 60 years ago.I’ve looked into a few new shops and so far have discovered that a real barber shop no longer exists, you need an appointment. But the worst thing is the price, $30 and up and it’s not based on the amount of hair either. For the time it takes to cut my hair the guy is earning $200 an hour. I have threatened to grow a pony tail before I pay those prices. But I did find a better way. My daughter in law is coming to my house to cut my hair and all it will cost me is a free dinner.
My wife’s been cutting my hair for, forever. She does a great job, no appointment needed. For some reason, she refuses to let me cut her hair though…
The guy may be grossing $200 an hour, but overhead costs mean his earnings are substantially lower. If he works alone, he has rent and utilities and business licensing fees, in addition to the mandatory continuing education many states require. If he’s working in a shop, he’s probably paying the owner a chair rent fee which covers his overhead. A cousin of mine pays $1,000 a month for chair rent, which he says is below market rates even in his low cost of living area.
12b-1 mutual fund fees, especially to a company like TIAA, which is allegedly not-for-profit.
Irrationally, little costs & discretionary purchases irk me. It shouldn’t matter paying a few bucks more for a meal, a product, a service etc. Most times, it’s worth it in terms of higher quality.
I rarely feel bad about routine costs that are largely unavoidable – i.e. refilling the gas tank or a health/dental checkup.
I also have a bad trait in that I feel like a vacation is a totally discretionary cost that could be avoided. I should enjoy a vacation – the new experiences and spending time with family – but I find myself putting off such good investments in my wellbeing.
Property taxes that fund school districts with horrible educational outcomes
Book. (I enjoy reading, but only borrow from the library.)
I second R Quinn: costly repairs or premature replacement on cars, electronics or appliances made poorly or with known defects. (Looking at you LG fridge. Actually NOT looking at it, since it’s landfill bound after just 3 years, due to several compressor failures.)
This won’t make me popular with the financial advisors who read this website, but I am most loath to pay expenses for financial “advice.”
I hate paying for an expensive meal that isn’t eaten or at least fully eaten. I don’t mind expensive food on occasion but finish it 🤣
Repairs on something that shouldn’t require them.
Late fees on anything financed. This is money flushed away for zero value and it kills me whenever it happens.
I just came back from a 17 day vacation in California. The car rental was $1200. More than 25% was taxes and fees. More and more cities and states are putting taxes on visitors – they are easy to pass and don’t impact locals.
Cable TV feels like a poor value for the money. Maybe that’s only because I remember when TV used to be free, but I still don’t like it.
I will never pay an ATM fee. I’ve driven many miles out of my way to avoid such fees. The idea of being charged to access my own cash is just too horrifying.
Rent and auto payments. My 2014 VW Jetta is paid off and has just 72,000 miles. It doesn’t look all that impressive, but why pay $400 a month for a new car, when I don’t need to? Ditto for housing—why pay more than I need to just to be in the “right” neighborhood?
Car insurance and car repair costs.
Even with a clean driving record and high credit score, our car insurance has been going up over the last 6 years since our daughter was added to it. I switched recently and it was a little less with the new company, but still it’s much higher than I expect.
Same for auto repair costs, especially on German cars. It’s hard to decide whether some repairs are necessary or not, and almost always, I find the price to be absurdly high. The only reasonable experience was with Honda minivan.
car repairs have become insane. I live in a fairly HCOL with very high insurance costs, so I realize shops are also dealing with higher costs for insurance, parts, labor, etc. But geez…seems like every repair is in the high hundreds or low thousands.