Things I Wasted Money On (This Year)

We asked our contributors to take a look back at their year in $$$. Taylor Jenkins Reid wasted some money.

In no particular order as they are all equally hard to admit.

1. Juice Cleanse, approx. $400 While it’s possible a lot of people fell for this one in 2012, the worst part is that my husband fell for it with me. Twice the price! And even though I lost 7 pounds in three days, I also gained 10 back.

2. 1 pair H&M Jeans, 1 size too small, $50 I was on my juice cleanse and assumed things were going to continue down this beautifully thin path I envisioned for myself. Then, I tried to wear them out of the house and they were so tight and uncomfortable that I picked a fight with my husband and realized later, I was just mad at my pants. 

3. West Elm white ceramic outdoor side table, $75 I should not have bought this. It’s for patios and I don’t even have a patio. I just loved it so much I thought it would work in my living room. It doesn’t and I’m still in denial. It’s sitting next to the TV, doing nothing. But it’s so pretty! But it doesn’t match anything. Agh. I think I need to talk to someone about this.

4. Weird, gauzy, see-through, black Express Sweater, $25 I must have been out shopping one day and fantasizing about what it would be like to be a hooker. That’s the only explanation for how that sweater made it into my closet. It still has the tags on it.

5. Insurance, UNSPEAKABLE AMOUNTS I didn’t have to go to the Emergency Room once this year! Nor did I get into an a car accident! What was I paying all that money for!? I should call an ambulance right now just to get my money’s worth.

So basically I wasted $550 + UNSPEAKABLE AMOUNTS on stuff I didn’t need. Actually, now that I see the total figure, that has to be better than 2011.


Taylor Jenkins Reid is an author and essayist.


20 Comments / Post A Comment

snoopygirrl (#1,710)

Taylor – Medical insurance is not a waste.

josefinastrummer (#1,850)

@snoopygirrl She’s kidding about the insurance.

pizza (#599)

I wouldn’t call the juice cleanse a waste. It just seems like you may be misinformed about what a cleanse does. A correct juice cleanse is suppose to detoxify your digestion system. Some people may lose weight during the process, but that’s just water weight.

Megano! (#124)

@pizza Unless you have a problem with your digestive system (and you would know), it does that on its own just fine. :/

aetataureate (#1,310)

@pizza Yeah . . . Except “detoxify your digestive system” is a myth so yes it is a waste. Unless you consider it an informal continuing-ed course in marketing.

selenana (#673)

@Megano! I’ve thought about doing one of those cleanses but… I would just drink juice. $400?!

pizza (#599)

@selenana I have a few friends who do them about twice a year. You can find deals on it for about $150, the normal price is $200 (they did it for 2 people that’s why it was $400).

selenana (#673)

@pizza Yeah, but I would never ever pay hundreds of dollars for juice. I would just buy some vegetables and some ginger and some fruit ya know?

What are these “toxins” you are “detoxing”? It’s all so very spooky-mysterious.

selenana (#673)

@cat ferguson@twitter Basically Cheetos.

pizza (#599)

@cat ferguson@twitter there’s plenty of toxins in all food—including organic food (in the US it only has to be 95% organic to get the label).

keep in mind, I’ve never done one of these. I’m just responding to the toxins.

raisincookie (#2,846)

I think I own that same sweater! (Well no, I don’t, since mine isn’t from Express and was actually purchased in like 2010 or something.) But WHY. Why would I have bought that? Why is it still in my closet (ALSO still with the tags on!)? And why will I probably buy the same sweater again in 2013?

ThatJenn (#916)

My mouth actually hung open when I saw what you spent on the juice cleanse. Not in a judgmental way but in a “what the hell do they put in that juice to make it seem like spending that amount on it might be reasonable?” way. Seriously, does it have gold flakes in it? Because you can get your electrolytes and be really hungry for a lot less.

aetataureate (#1,310)

@ThatJenn Goldschläger cleanse.

ThatJenn (#916)

@aetataureate That might be fun for like half an hour.

@ThatJenn To be fair, that’s a lot cheaper than the Whiskey Cleanse I went on for most of 2011-12.

Blondsak (#2,299)

@stuffisthings Yeah, I definitely did Betty’s version of the juice cleanse (see above picture) from 2008 til 2011. My whiskey cleanse, however, only lasted one night…

Trilby (#191)

I totally get that about the insurance. Insurance used to be priced much more reasonably, so you could have it “just in case” and not feel bummed out if you didn’t use it. But now it’s like you are pre-paying for a major illness so if you don’t get one, you lose!

BTW, you can make really good fruit and veggie juice with just a blender. You grind up the produce really well and then squeeze the pulp, over a bowl, in either a nut bag OR in a charcoal filter bag that you can buy in any pet store super-cheap, to get out all the juice. The charcoal filter bag is just a fine nylon mesh bag– there’s no charcoal in it.

P.J. Morse (#665)

@Trilby Speaking of prepaying for a major illness, one of my relatives suffered from a blood cancer, and those chemo bills are terrifying. I didn’t tally up the numbers, but I’m pretty sure that the cost of treating the cancer was way more than what my loved one put into the insurance when he was healthy.

Megano! (#124)

@Trilby (Teehee nut bag)

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