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Women have long been stereotyped as spender’s rather than savers, and with the cost of living increasingly on the rise, it can be harder to exercise restraint when parting with hard-earned money.
But just what are some of these unforeseen expenses that make women break out their wallets more frequently?
From expensive beauty trends to tasty treats meant for sharing, there are plenty of ways women splurge without even realizing it.
In this article, we’ll explore 12 shocking (yet entirely relatable) ways in which ladies burn through cash, whether they’re aware or unaware!
So if you’re ready to get enlightened about where all your rapidly disappearing dough is going – read on!
1. Fine Art
At least one person laments how expensive original art is, writing, “I have some original art in my home–one watercolor, four oil paintings, some numbered and signed lithographs, some photographs. But I would have many more pieces if I didn’t have a strict budget.”
Trying to build a collection on a budget is indeed cost prohibitive.
A knack for spending money on the finer things in life isn’t limited to food and fashion.
For some commenters on the discussion board, the love of jewelry drives them to spend more than they should.
Having a green thumb is why an individual from the online community spends too much money on plants, including “House plants. Outdoor plants. Dirt for plants. Pots for plants. Fertilizer for plants. Rocks and bark to put around outside plants.
Greenhouse for plants. Plant labels. Grow lights. Plant stands. Seeds to grow more plants.” They confess to having something of a plant addiction.
4. Concert and Music Festival Tickets
The live music enthusiasts in the forum think nothing of paying a small fortune for tickets to see their favorite musicians perform live.
“I’m about to spend a stupid amount of money on a Taylor Swift ticket,” reveals one music fan.
5. Home Aquariums
What started as a small, relatively inexpensive hobby — a ten-gallon tank and one betta fish — has morphed into investing significant cash into a home aquarium system that includes several fish tanks and higher energy bills for someone on the thread, with plans to purchase another fish tank soon.
A couple of horse owners admit to spending between $1,000 to $2,000 a month on the care and maintenance of their horses.
Their monthly costs include insurance policies, boarding, care, and feeding. Spending anywhere from $12,000 to $24,000 a year is a large amount of money.
Society is guilty of putting pressure on women to look young at all costs.
As a result, young women, those in their 30s and 40s, get Botox treatment to remove any signs of a wrinkle.
Sadly for many, they end up looking fake.
Many men even prefer a natural looking older woman.
But no matter how much this message is passed along, the beauty industry has a firm grip on the minds of women.
8. Dining Out
Whether buying gourmet coffee and pastries several times a week or routinely having a meal at an upscale eatery, numerous women acknowledge spending entirely too much money at coffee shops and restaurants.
Some of them dine out for convenience, while others do so as a special treat to themselves, even though it can be expensive.
9. Food and Gifts for Others
Rather than spend outrageous amounts on themselves or their hobbies, one selfless spender reveals they save a ton of money by wearing their clothes and shoes until they fall apart, shopping at the dollar store for whatever they need, and driving their high-mile vehicle until it no longer runs.
They take those savings and spend them on meals and gifts for their friends and loved ones. Do you have an indulgence you spend a ridiculous amount of money on?
10. Beauty Aids
Among the more common purchases women on the thread self-describe as excessive are the costs associated with beauty aids, including makeup, skincare, hair care, makeup, and supplies for doing in-home manicures.
Spending money on things that make you look and feel pretty is easy.
Quite a few participants in the discussion express the fun they have going clothes shopping, even though they already have a closet full of outfits at home.
One even says, “I buy way too many clothes like I don’t even need them at this point. I’m one person. Why do I own like 30 hoodies?” Others buy clothes they don’t need for the thrill of finding a bargain.
12. Journals and Other Personal Development Accessories
While women should be commended for wanting to improve themselves, it becomes a problem when they make purchases without thinking.
They buy a daily planner and a journal, but then see one that offers something different, so they end up buying that one too.
While these purchases are small in amount, the amount spent adds up to a serious amount of money over time.
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