No, this list isn’t an attack on expensive wines, an admonishment of carry-out lunches, or a dismissal of brand-name products in favor of store brands. Nor is it an opportunity to remind you that Amazon sells a banana slicer. Okay, it’s kind of that. Instead, this is a list of four things that have come across my radar recently that I can’t believe people buy…and two things that I’ll cop to purchasing.
Four More Things I Can’t Believe People Buy
Fancy facial tissue. After kowtowing to pressure from a mob of drippy-nosed twelve-year-olds, I shelled out for Kleenex. Not just any Kleenex, but a box of Kleenex Cool Touch facial tissues designed to soothe on contact. Not only does this facial tissue cost three times as much as regular tissue, but as an added bonus, it feels like you’re blowing your nose into an already-been-used Kleenex. I have never regretted a purchase so much.
Microwaveable potatoes. Around Thanksgiving time, I noticed these potatoes at my local grocery store and sent this tweet. They’re not the 1-, 3-, or 5-lb bags. They’re not the loose potatoes that you weigh yourself. They’re individually wrapped in plastic with the bold proclamation that they can be microwaved and sold for $1 a pop. News flash: every potato is microwaveable. Admittedly, these fell off my radar for a while, but I actually observed them on the conveyor belt in the checkout line fairly recently.
Pre-potted seed pods. If you’re into gardening, congrats. It is my favorite pastime, and it also accounts for 80% of the reason I would one day consider moving. I dream of growing year round. But what I don’t dream of is spending $2 on a Miracle Gro Groables seed pod. If you’re going to go this route because you want a safe bet, buy a six-pack of plants for a buck or two. Or take a gamble with seeds. For two dollars, you can do a whole lot of experimenting, even if you don’t have a green thumb. While I had previously dismissed these as mostly impulse buys designed to appease kiddos who had spent far too long shopping with their families at home improvement stores and garden centers, I recently saw a woman scoop up an arm full and inform me that they make gardening a cinch.
Garbage disposal cleaning beads. Sometimes, I walk into Bed, Bath & Beyond and feel like I’m entering a parallel universe. A world where I understand these uses for twelve different forks and instinctively know how to fold fitted sheets. While I’ve resigned myself to the fact that many of the things they sell might simply be beyond my homemaking skill set*, I am utterly flummoxed by Plink garbage disposal beads. Not only are they really costly, but ice cubes and citrus fruit peels work just as well. And they’re free.
Two Things I Do Buy
Return shipping fees. I cannot even tell you how painful this is to write. When we were remodeling our bathroom, we needed an extended size tub spout. Try as I may, I could not find a store that carried one in our price range or a website that offered one at a reasonable price including free shipping or return fees. So, I caved. I bought a spout online for $50 less than I had seen it in stores. And then I paid $13 to ship it back to the company. While I still came out money ahead, I can no longer go to my grave boasting the fact that I’d never pay shipping fees.
Chai concentrate. For starters, I feel like Tazo gets a pass because they don’t call it chai tea; it’s simply chai. (I’m looking at you, Starbucks, and your insistence on offering me tea tea). But really, it’s carton of deliciousness that values convenience over reasonable sugar content. Seriously. There’s so much sugar in it. But every once in awhile, it makes the perfect start to my morning. While I could and usually do make a much healthier and cost effective version that is also more authentic, sometimes I just have a taste for my Tazo.
*And by homemaking skill set, I mean my ability to not give myself or my husband food poisoning. Yet. I do, however, peel off my fingernails on occasion when using the potato peeler.
Note: You can check out my original list here.
So Tell Me…What would you add to the “can’t believe” list? What are your favorite guilty pleasures?