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  • Most people believe if they pay more for an "upgraded" versions of some product, they

  • get better quality as well. Unfortunately, this rule doesn't work every time. How about

  • we figure out if there's any need to pay more for a faster Internet, extended warranty,

  • or a big helping of French fries? Ooh, French fries!

  • 1. Sunscreen above SPF 50. A popular myth is that the higher your sunscreen's

  • SPF is, the better it protects your skin. Dermatologists, though, warn that bigger SPF

  • numbers are more harmful to your skin. SPF 30 isn't actually twice as strong as SPF 15,

  • like many people think. SPF 15 blocks around 94% of UV rays, SPF 30 — 97%, and SPF 45

  • can block up to 98% of UV rays.

  • 2. Opting for an extended warranty. It does sound like a useful thing to have.

  • But an extended warranty typically lasts for three years. And experts say that today, appliances

  • and gadgets rarely break down during this period. Most of them also have their own warranty

  • which lasts for at least one year.

  • 3. Buying organic food. Even though organic foods and beverages can

  • scare away with a hefty price tag, it's also one of the reasons why people pay for them.

  • Subconsciously, we consider more expensive things to be better. And while it's not always

  • the case, some organic products can be 300% more expensive than foods and drinks.

  • To save money, buy only those organic products that could otherwise contain a lot of pesticides,

  • for example, strawberries, apples, grapes, or spinach. As for those covered with skin,

  • like bananas or avocados, you can safely buy non-organic ones.

  • 4. Buying only name-brands. Spending a fortune on a pair of designer shoes

  • or a costly handbag might be worth the money. Buying a whole wardrobe consisting of name-brands

  • is a different matter. Fashion experts recommend mixing items from different price categories

  • and investing in something high-end only if you can wear it often and with different outfits.

  • 5. Ordering express shipping. Spending a couple of extra bucks to get your

  • hands on your newest order as fast as possible is tempting and seems like no big deal. But

  • such little charges tend to add up very quickly. Plus, the chances are regular shipping will

  • be as fast as the express one. If you're in a real hurry to get something, consider buying

  • it in a good old offline store.

  • 6. Buying heavy, sturdy furniture. Such things look like they're going to serve

  • you for ages, and they probably will! But are you sure you'll want them in a couple

  • of years? Tastes change, you might want to start a renovation, and then you'll have an

  • additional headache of trying to sell your massive furniture. Even if you manage this

  • challenging feat, you'll get just a fraction of the original cost.

  • 7. Flying first class. The average economy-class ticket is 7 times

  • cheaper than the one in first class. Ask yourself if the advantages of spending several hours

  • of your time in a more comfortable seat are really worth it. Unless it's an ultra-long

  • flight or you've used your frequent flyer points for a seat upgrade, tough it out in

  • the economy and spend extra money on a cool hotel or shopping! Everybody in the plane

  • gets there at the same time.

  • 8. Ordering food delivery. At first sight, it doesn't cost much: just

  • several bucks, and you can get your food without getting out of your pajamas. But if you have

  • hot meals brought to you at least several times a week and pay a couple of dollars plus

  • tips for each delivery, it makes up a hefty sum at the end of the month! Consider making

  • it a habit to order food delivery only when it's really necessary.

  • 9. Buying self-charging robot vacuums. Such robots are no doubt cool and popular

  • and give you that amazing clean-home feeling. But they're also expensive and do tend to

  • miss dirty spots. If you decide to resell your robot vacuum, you aren't going to get

  • much for it. A traditional vacuum is much more cost-efficient, even though you have

  • to spend some time and effort to operate it.

  • 10. Opting for a higher Internet speed. Some Internet providers offer blazing-fast

  • home Internet. But unless you're a professional online gamer, you don't need such speeds,

  • and paying extra for this service is a waste of money. You won't notice the difference

  • anyway.

  • 11. Paying for sheets with a high thread count. How comfortable and durable a sheet is going

  • to be DOES depend on its thread count. It doesn't mean, though, that the bigger the

  • count is, the better. Experts say that the best thread count is 200 to 600. If it's higher

  • than that, you're paying not for better bedding but for a marketing ploy.

  • 12. Getting a high-end gym membership. A spacious room with cutting-edge equipment

  • and a central locationsounds too good to be true! Well, you might be right about

  • that: everything comes at a cost. And in this case, it's the membership price. If you don't

  • visit the gym regularly, choosing a luxury one is just flushing money down the drain.

  • 13. Using premium gas for your car. If filling up your car's tank with premium

  • gas is your daily routine, here's some news for you. This kind of fuel does no good for

  • your car. Experts claim that there are no advantages in using premium gas: it doesn't

  • make your car run faster, there's no fuel economy, and it doesn't affect the volume

  • of emissions. Oh, and premium gas cost doesn't do any favors to your bank account.

  • 14. Investing in "fine" jewelry. Buying jewelry can be a great investmentbut

  • only when you buy natural emeralds, diamonds, rubies, and other precious gems. Unfortunately,

  • some jewelry might not be as valuable as you think. For example, jewelry companies can

  • use lab-grown diamonds that you won't be able to resell later. Such gems aren't rare or

  • really precious, and as soon as you leave the store with your purchase, its value starts

  • to drop. But if you're sure that you're buying natural

  • diamonds, go ahead! These precious stones will only rise in price with time.

  • 15. Getting unnecessary TV plans. Tell me honestly, how many TV channels do

  • you watch regularly? Now, do you really need those hundreds of channels your TV plan includes?

  • More and more people stop buying large cable packages and stick to streaming.

  • 16. Buying the latest smartphone. When you see a brand-new beauty produced by

  • a popular smartphone manufacturer, your own phone starts to look plain and outdated. You

  • can be tempted to get yourself the newest gadget every half a year or so, but keep in

  • mind that skipping an upgrade is a much wiser move! At least that's what all financial experts

  • say. Remember that your phone has all the features you need even if you miss some latest

  • bells and whistles.

  • 17. Getting a deluxe or unlimited data phone plan.

  • Network providers make it all too easy to automatically pick a "deluxe" plan with additional

  • features. But before falling for this alluring idea, consider your current plan. If you're

  • satisfied with its terms, there's no need to pay more for a flashy name.

  • The same goes for unlimited data plans. The average person uses about 5 GB of data per

  • month. There's no need to pay for the traffic you aren't going to use.

  • 18. Buying jumbo-sized French fries portions. If you're in doubt whether you should order

  • a medium or a big helping, opt for the smaller size. The difference in price looks tiny,

  • that's why you might think that you've got yourself a good bargain by paying less for

  • more food. But practice shows that a medium portion of French fries usually contains almost

  • as much crispy goodness as the big onehere you go, money saved!

  • 19. Drinking gourmet coffee. In most cases, all the difference between

  • coffee you make at home and coffee from a new fancy coffee shop is in its price. Every

  • time you order high-end coffee, remember that it's a marketing trap that can result in hundreds

  • of wasted dollars per month and thousands per year.

  • Hey, like I always say, if you buck the trend, you can save some bucks! Like that? Yeah sounds

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/03/06
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