Full disclosure: I have an iPhone. I believe it is a 6s. My last iPhone was a 4 something. I skipped over the 5 upgrade knowing full well that a 6 would be happening soon. I’m glad I waited, although there was part of me that felt like I was missing a lot when hordes of folks lined up for that 5. My only solace is how foolish they might feel when they had to upgrade to a 6. No doubt, a 7 is in the planning stages, but I might wait until the 8. There are just some things that aren’t worth your money. Want to know more? Read on:
Those Expensive Headphones
There are two kinds of people in the world: bud people and headphone people. The bud people will plug in ear buds to listen to their various playback devices. A common complaint is that some of these buds bleed out sound, but do you really care if you can’t hear that? As for the headphone people, they won’t hesitate to drop several hundred dollars on a pair of headphones that have been endorsed by a rap star.
Guess what? It’s all the same sound. After all, you can only use one type of cord to plug into your device. It’s not as if that is going to improve things. Want to find a comfy pair of headphones that won’t break the bank? Smart shoppers know where to find them and they’re out there for less than $50.
Those Expensive Cameras
There are plenty of high-end cameras on the market. They’re digital this and DSLR that. Perhaps if you were a professional photojournalist who made a living snapping pictures you could justify such an expenditure. Of course, it would be a business write-off, so you got that going for you. As for everyone else, you probably have a pretty decent camera on your phone. Besides, do you really want to carry a camera around to snap a picture of your cat, then download the file to your computer and upload it to Facebook when you can do all that in your phone?
Those Expensive Watches
Have you ever met anyone in your life that was impressed by a watch? If so, you might need to start traveling in other social circles. Expensive watches are a lot like expensive cars: great for showing off, but rather silly when you consider what you pay. A thousand-dollar watch is not going to tell time any better than a $20 watch. In fact, you could even be wearing a knockoff and nobody would know the difference. Want a decent watch that looks great? Go to eBay. The only exception would be a James Bond watch that can do tricks.
Those Expensive Shoes
Unlike watches, more people probably pay attention to shoes. However, usually those people are already spending a fortune on shoes. They know what to look for when it comes to chic brands. Like watches, shoes are up there with expensive cars. They can be very impressive, but won’t you feel silly when your scuff your $1,000 Jimmy Choos the first time you wear them? Are those shoes ruined? Pretty much.
By the way, if you’re in the market for running shoes, check out the consumer ratings. You might be surprised to discover that the cheaper shoes perform better than their expensive counterparts.
Those Expensive Sunglasses
At least with expensive shoes, you might never lose them. As for sunglasses, chances are they’re going to go missing at some point. Yes, these can be considered a fashion accessory – but who are you trying to impress? The moment you meet the other person, you take off the sunglasses. Maybe you could justify expensive sunglasses if you were a celebrity that was constantly being photographed by the paparazzi. Then again, most celebrities get expensive sunglasses for free.
When it comes to spending your money, do your homework first. Even if you find something you must have, poke around the Internet. You might be able to find a better price for that item. It doesn’t matter where you get something: It only matters how much you pay for it.