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!
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Trains in the UK
Apparently some students fly to Germany and then back to the UK because it’s cheaper than taking the train.
Just make your own. You can get a cheap dehydrator for about 30 bucks.
In the UK, you go broke riding trains; in America, you go broke fixing your broken car.
They’re money pits.
Note: This is tongue-in-cheek; we already know that babies are priceless.
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.
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…
It’s a lot cheaper to just buy some avocados and make your own.
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.
Pro-tip: you don’t actually have to exchange them every 2 weeks; just make sure to soak them at night.
Haircuts for women
No guy will ever understand this.
Pro-tip: Go for walks, lots of walks. It’s cheaper, and it’s good for you. Plus, your wallet will thank you.
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.
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.
Domestic flights in Canada
It’s cheaper to drive to the US, fly across the continent, and drive back to Canada.
Ticket fees for live performances
If only venues would stop hiding the real costs and then letting Tickemaster take the blame.
Visiting family in a developing country
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.
Taxes on the middle class
When you’re rich, you can just move your money into offshore bank accounts *cough* Panama *cough*.
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.
These things were $100 twenty years ago and nothing has changed. Nowadays computers with 10,000 times the computing power are cheaper. What gives?
It’s just compressed coal…
According to recent investigations (CBS), most of it is fake anyway.
Electronics in Australia
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.
Most houses in North America are built out of cardboard anyway. For $1 million, that McMansion better be full of diamonds and olive oil.
Having no friends is cheaper.
At most banks, you get charged a fee for not having enough money in your account. It’s basically a penalty for being poor.