10 things people buy but never use

Did you ever buy something you just had to have, telling yourself you’d use it all the time – and then never actually use it? Here are some purchases that often go unused.

By Leah L. Culler, MSN Money

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Sep 27, 2013 10:06AM
How about fruits and vegetables, I buy them because I know I should eat more of them, but every week I throw half of them out because they rotted.
Oct 1, 2013 4:38PM
I have some kids that are useless. Do they count?
Sep 27, 2013 2:29PM
1. Soup: I don't buy can soup, have my own vegetable garden.
2. Gym: I work out at my garden.
3. Group deals: Wife is a massage therapist, don't need them.
4. Warranties: Cost about the same to call the repair man.
5. Equipment: Home too small.
6. Apps: Have to get a smart phone first.
7. Pool: Swim at the local park, cost $1 with two kids.
8. Gadgets: Meat cleaver.
9. Books: Read online.
10. Clothes: Wear until tear.

Sep 27, 2013 8:48AM
I need the soup just in case I get sick and can't, or don't want to leave the house. I'm a teacher so it is a guarantee that that will happen at least one time a year.
Sep 27, 2013 2:05PM

Now I feel better about being a cheapskate that never buys anything.

Sep 27, 2013 11:00AM
I agree with all of them except soup.  I eat it regularly.  Its cheap, nutritious, easy to prepare, and just plain good tasting.  Beats the heck out of a hamburger and fries.
Oct 1, 2013 5:33PM
My husband works for Campbell's soup so we always have a lot of it.  The company store only sells by the case, but it is the price of like 2 cans at the grocery store.  We give away and donate a lot of soup.
Sep 27, 2013 9:09AM

I bought a yogurt maker ... so sure that I wanted to make my very own yogurt.. Well, I have never used it, not once . I have had it for a year now. Time to get it out and use it ... thanks for reminding me.


Sep 27, 2013 9:04AM
Go to any thrift shop, flea market, or garage sale, and you'll see all kinds of things such as those mentioned above, including exercise bicycles/machines, books, and yesterday's "hot' "As Seen On TV" gadgets, on the cheap.  People buy them (or get them as gifts), with good intentions, but use them only once or twice, then retire them to the closet, attic, basement, or garage.  But people do remain gullible, especially when it comes to the latest "As Seen On TV" stuff. 
Sep 27, 2013 12:27AM
I have an exercise bike I ride every day, I buy books that I read, I have Campbell's soups in my cabinet that I never use.
Sep 27, 2013 10:29AM
The list goes on and on, back up generators, pickup trucks (99% of the time they haul nothing), women's shoe collection (my wife has 15 pairs of sketchers), video games, dvd's, etc.
Sep 27, 2013 12:22PM
If people stopped saying "I want that now!" and instead asked themselves if they really needed it or if they would actually use it, there would be a lot less worthless clutter out there.
Sep 27, 2013 10:16AM
I use my American Express card to buy things like appliances. It doubles the manufacture warranty so I don't have to buy the extended warranty. I am sure other cards do the same but don't know which ones.
Sep 27, 2013 8:43AM
Too poor for exercise equipment , but I read all the books i buy. Usually right away. I did have a pool
at a previous home. Loved it ,used it all the time.  I don't buy more soup then I intend to use right away.  Don't buy mobile apps. there are a lot of free ones. I do forget about coupons.

Sep 26, 2013 3:25PM

Not sure where photographs taken, but never looked at, falls.   Records, tapes, CDs, MP3s recorded or bought, but never listened to. Fruit cake, that turns into paper weights, and door stops.


Sep 27, 2013 2:08PM
I was watching House Hunters on HGTV a few months back and one of the couples looking for a home in Atlanta wanted a pool. The realtor said pools aren't worth the price added to the house because they're not used that much and the upkeep is expensive.
Sep 27, 2013 9:04AM

Let's look at these:


Soup: I use many different Campbell's soups in my cooking, mostly cream though.


Gym: I used to have a membership at Bally; used it all the time. Now I surf, swim, scuba for my exercise- mostly free - except for air fills for the scuba tanks.


Group deals: I'm a 'coupon clipper', but I agree that we throw out about half of them.


Extension warranties: Unless they're for high end purchases, they're a waste of money !


Exercise equipment: Got it - my surf board- use it every morning !


Mobile apps: Nah- I have a smart phone but unless it's business related, I don't have much use for them.


Pools: We use it- great to refresh yourself after being in the ocean.


Kitchen gadgets: I don't know how I would get by without my food processor.


Books: I'm always researching something for business-  not so much for relaxation.


Clothing: I'm a 'clothes horse'! Never wear the same thing in any given week- Those that I don't wear anymore don't fit - and given to those who can use them.

Sep 27, 2013 8:33AM

Things that I buy but don't use dental floss. 

Sep 27, 2013 7:01AM
The soup thing I have done, but only with cream soups (that I usually add to a recipe). I have books that  I haven't read, but I will get around to reading them. Before I had 10 unread books; now it is down to 5. I have a kitchen gadgets that I haven't used since the beginning of this year, but that is mostly because of the different recipes I am finding that I want to try.
Oct 1, 2013 6:15PM

Yup, kitchen gadgets rapidly become garage clutter and or yard sale items. Thanks to my wife, she'll buy something for 50 bucks, use it once (maybe), sell it for 5, then gleefully claim " Look I made 5 bucks"


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