10 Things I Would Never Buy Because They're Not Worth the Money

Sophie | Malama Life
by Sophie | Malama Life

I'm realizing that I don't need the things I used to think I needed to be truly happy or succeed. That got me thinking. There are many different things I would never buy even if I had the money. I thought that I would share some of them with you today.

This list is very subjective to me and my lifestyle. I thought it would be interesting to share my perspective as someone who values a minimalist lifestyle, so below are ten things that I would never buy even if I had the money.

Do you need a bigger house?

1. A bigger house

I am a big fan of real estate. I love looking at different houses and the architecture and design, but one thing that I will never spend my money on is buying a bigger house for us to live in.

We divided our house, and we live upstairs in our 800-square-foot space. I feel like that's more than enough space for us. I aim to downsize even more so we can live in a cozier space.

I feel like the bigger the home, the more liability, more that we have to upkeep and also clean up. That's not how I want to spend my time and money, even if I can afford it.  

Airplane at an airport

2. Flying first class

I flew first class for the first time a couple of months ago. My sister upgraded my seats because she knew I was scared of flying.

It was a fantastic experience, but knowing how much the tickets cost, I don't think I could justify spending that much for a luxurious travel experience regularly. I don't need that extra legroom and the convenience and the comfort. 

Cutting hair at home

3. A professional haircut

A haircut is probably not a big deal for most people, but for me, every time I went to the salon, the costs started adding up. So I decided to cut my hair, and I've been doing it ever since. I invested in some excellent shears.

I found a YouTube video for a haircut I liked, and I can never see myself returning to the salon for a simple haircut again. Some things are better left to the professionals, but if I can do it at home much cheaper, I will always try to take that route.

High-end clothing

4. High-end clothing

While I can appreciate the beautiful craftsmanship and the quality fabrics of designer handbags and clothing items, this is something that I don't care to spend my money on.

I don't mind paying a little bit extra for what the clothing is worth, but when it comes to high-end or luxury items, in some of the brands, you're not just paying for the clothing item, but you're paying for the marketing and also the brand name, which I don't want to spend my money on. 

Filming gear

5. Filming gear

Since I started my YouTube channel, I've always been tempted to upgrade my gear. I'm always thinking, okay, if I upgrade my camera, I will get better results and quality.

This is true to a certain point, but I think I was getting a little bit carried away. I already have such a nice camera with different lenses, and it works fine for what I'm doing now.

Instead of working with what I already have and improving my storytelling, filming, or editing skills, I feel like I depend on new technology and gadgets to deliver better results.

It's not that I will never upgrade my equipment, but I want to appreciate what I already have and make the best use of it.  

Fine dining

6. Fine dining 

I used to love going to fine-dining restaurants. It's such an experience, not just the food but the getting ready, the atmosphere, and the beautiful presentation.

Even though I appreciate fine dining for what it is, I prefer more laid-back restaurants, ones where I don't have to dress up. 

Traveling and exploring

7. Resort hotels

I always walk my dogs next to these resorts in Maui, and I would always dream of staying in one of them. The more I traveled, the less time I spent in the hotel room.

Usually, my traveling consists of lots of walking, exploring, and returning to the hotel to sleep. It is not worth it for me to pay for a room I'm in so little.

Car upgrades

8. Car upgrades

I'm really practical. A car, to me, is a vehicle that gets me from point A to point B. It doesn't matter what kind of car I have. In fact, if I could walk, bike, or use public transport instead, I would take that route. I could walk, bike, or use public transport instead.

It doesn't matter what kind of car I have. I have a 2012 Toyota Hybrid that's been paid off for a long time. It's reliable; it's compact, great on gas, and that's more than I could ask for in a car.  

Delivery services

9. Delivery services 

I recently visited L.A. and could see why delivery services would be valuable there. A lot of people don't own cars, and maybe finding parking is impossible. The convenience would be for people who need it. My lifestyle doesn't call for any delivery services. 

Things I would never buy

10. Full-price items

With online shopping, there are many options with cashback apps, price matching, and secondhand shopping discount codes.

I will always take that route if I can avoid paying full price for an item. It takes a little bit more time to plan and strategize, but I think it's worth saving a little bit more money and being a savvy shopper.

Things I would never buy

Do you have items you no longer consider essential to own? Let me know what you would add to my list of things I would never buy. Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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    I've used this strategy all my working life..... now that I'm retired and can afford to buy without looking for a sale -I still can't break the habit -although I still don't see anything wrong with looking for a bargain, I can splurge now if it something I really love or love to do.