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We all have the occasional impulsive purchase we regret, and sometimes it feels like if only we had taken a bit of extra time to think about it beforehand, that money would not have been wasted.
But what happens when you have to make those impulse purchases otherwise it would result in even more financial hardship?
In this article, we explore 14 of the most painful purchases people had to make, from medical bills they didn’t know they’d incur to outrageous car repairs.
Read on for some stories that will illustrate how costly things can quickly become if you don’t plan ahead by building up your savings.
One person shared how they accidentally left the door open to their upright freezer in the basement overnight.
Most of the food thawed out and was no longer salvageable, and the food that was not spoiled, there was no room in their smaller upstairs freezer.
Not only did they lose hundreds of dollars worth of food, but the freezer broke because it was trying to cool the entire basement overnight.
2. Speeding In A School Zone
Racing through a school zone is dangerous, which is why the fines for doing so are so expensive.
But one person shared how his $500 was completely absurd.
Not only was he ticketed for speeding through the school zone in the evening after school had finished for the day, but it was during the height of the pandemic, when there was 100% virtual learning!
3. Failed Septic System
Plumbing issues are something that must be addressed and addressed. They always seem to come at the worst time too.
One individual voices, “Our septic system just failed. It will be about 25 thousand when it is all done.” That is quite a sizable price.
4. Replacing Stolen Items
Having anything stolen is an awful experience. Not only are your possessions gone, but you feel violated. Insurance can help cover the loss. But often, this support is minimal.
Someone claims, “My house was robbed. They stole all my hand tools and my PlayStation 4. The total value was around 2,300 dollars, and my insurance reimbursed me 150.” This poor soul cannot even come close to replacing the items with that amount.
5. Tax Audits
When the tax man comes knocking, it’s hard to get him to leave.
The sad truth is the wealthy can afford to pay big bucks to attorneys to settle any case.
But for the average person, you’ll likely be paying late fees, interest, and fines, which could total thousands.
6. Home Repairs from Accidental Damages
Any kind of surprising home repair can be expensive. But many responders discuss the damages caused by storms or accidents as the most costly.
A tree falling into your home or the effects of a hurricane can damage a house’s roof, windows, or entire structure. One has to simply find the best deal without sacrificing quality.
Pets are one of our most cherished joys of life. They bring us endless amounts of happiness and fun and are good for our mental health. But pets can also be very expensive, from food to medical needs. Sometimes these needs are unexpected and very costly, even with pet insurance.
But despite the cost, most would not change a thing. A pet lover laments, “Our first dog had many issues. Over his 11 years, his surgeries, meds, and hospital bills probably cost us $50,000 or more. I would do it again to have him back.” I’m sure most pet owners feel precisely the same.
8. Mold Damage
Purchasing a home is expensive, stressful, and often difficult. You should be able to rely on home inspections to alleviate some concerns.
Not everyone is that fortunate. One unlucky homeowner shares, “Mold damage was missed on our home inspection. It cost us about 40-60 thousand by the end, even with us doing much of the work ourselves.”
9. Car Repairs
Similar to the other responses shared, car troubles come unexpectedly and can cost a pretty penny.
Any issue is a necessary expense, whether your car is damaged from an accident or needs brake or electrical repairs. Ignoring any car problem can be dangerous and cost you even more.
As someone who must wear glasses, I can attest to the expense. I’ve worn glasses since childhood and can not see clearly without them.
In today’s age, frames and lenses are more affordable than they once were, thanks to establishments like Warby Parker. But it’s still a somewhat expensive necessity that is out of our control and that not everyone has to deal with.
11. Quarantined Hotel Stay
Hotels these days range in price, but at least we typically have options and can choose what works best. But sometimes those choices aren’t there. One person shared a miserable experience when they got Covid on the last day of their cruise: “At the time, Canada had a ten-day quarantine. [I spent] an extra $4000 on a hotel in Vancouver.”
There wasn’t a significant number of accommodation choices which is why they had to spend so much. This is not a fun way to end a vacation.
12. Expensive Vacation
We all get offered travel insurance but few take advantage of it because we feel the chances of something happening are slim.
But one person shared how she missed out on a $10,000 vacation because of a health scare.
If it wasn’t bad enough to lose out on the money she paid for the vacation, she now had a huge medical bill on top of it.
Planning a funeral is never easy, especially when the death is unexpected. Most are probably unaware of how much they cost.
In California, the average cost is $7500 to $9000. The casket is usually the costliest aspect, so some elect for cremation.
14. Medical Bills
Medical bills are the most common response. The reasons run the gambit from ER visits and necessary surgeries to cancer treatments and dental work. Unless you want to ignore pain or illness completely, you can’t let these things go and hope they get better.
But tending to your medical needs often comes with hefty payments, particularly when insurance only covers so much. These issues remain one of the most severe and frustrating expenses today.
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