Money That I May As Well Have Put In the Trash, Burned, Made Confetti Of, Etc.

$130 to visit a boyfriend at his college in Virginia. I spent hours on a bus imagining how great it was going to be to see him, only to spend a week being largely ignored. He broke up with me a few weeks later via AIM.

$1,000 towards a non-refundable deposit to the Columbia Publishing Course. One week after I sent this in, I got word I’d been hired by top-notch imprint for an assistant position, rendering the course expensive and moot. One year later, I left publishing. In my darker moments I imagine how I would spend this money if I had it in my possession at this very moment (clothes, dinners, cocktails).

$20/month ($60 total) for a gym membership to Bally Total Fitness in downtown Boston. I spent half of my trips to that gym actually going to the gym, and half of those trips just browsing the surrounding stores. After realizing my germ-phobias made using the gym bathroom and equipment nearly impossible, I cancelled the membership and bought a copy of “30 Day Shred” on Amazon.

$800 towards the MTELs, a Massachusetts-based licensing test for prospective (and current) teachers. This was during the months I spent figuring out what part of education I wanted to work in, and erroneously decided it would be teaching high school English. I also lost eight hours of my life to that test, and I can’t decide which is more valuable.

$40 on an embroidery class at a craft store. But then I remembered I hate crafts, and didn’t attend. I have yet to apply the store credit to another class, and probably never will.


Abby Dalton  lives in Massachusetts with her husband and her cat, and occasionally blogs about money.


17 Comments / Post A Comment

Yes- 30 Day Shred! Jillian kicks my booty from the comfort of my own home, and I love it!

Megano! (#124)

Wow, fuck Columbia. Never had to pay a non-refundable deposit for a course before.

cawcawphony (#2,990)

An as-yet-unknown amount on Seize the Deal (the only Groupony thing in the small city I live in) for things I really want to do but may never do.

amglory89 (#3,588)

90$ on a parking ticket for “stopping in a no-stop zone” because I can’t read the words “no stopping between 15:30-18:30″ and the fact that no one else was parked on the street in the middle of busy downtown was not a dead giveaway that there was some reason I shouldn’t park there

25$ on my share of take out (my share and a bit) because I called my friend crying and forced her to come eat greasy food with me and then felt guilty for asking her to pay half because she makes less than me

12.62$ on Ebay things I sorta needed, definitely wanted (new phone case, new DSi charger) that never arrived

This is all in the last 2.5 weeks. Whoops.

chic noir (#713)

@amglory89 – those EBay things, how did you pay for them? I would most def try to get my money back.

amglory89 (#3,588)

@amglory89 they finally arrived!! Six weeks later…. I can now take them off my “1 thing” list.

jfruh (#161)

I’m impressed that Bally let you cancel after only three months. When I signed up for Brick Bodies, I had to sign up for a year’s contract, and they wouldn’t even let me cancel after 9 months even though I ended up moving far enough away that the gym membership there was of no use to me. I ended up sullenly paying the last three months in a lump sum just to be rid of them. [sound of shredded money blowing away in the wind]

Three months later, another monthly charge from them showed up on my credit card and I had to call up and yell at them again to get rid of it.

deepomega (#22)

@jfruh BRICK BODIES! Oh my god. “Get the body you deserve – the body held together by mortar, with big divots from where a car reversed into it.”

RVA_TXN (#1,461)

@jfruh I went to Brick Bodies in Timonium back in 2003, we were only there for a short time because my ex husband was doing contract work at Johns Hopkins, but it was a cool gym and Mrs. Brick was a very interesting lady. Of course I paid some outrageous fee for not having a contract. Sorry for the trip down memory lane.

chic noir (#713)

@jfruh – well I have a Groupon for Bricksbodies that I never used for about 15 dollars wasted.

lhorntx (#2,302)

$600 on a Kaplan GMAT prep class. I took the classes, but didn’t take the test. After thinking about it, I decided to listen to popular advice and get work experience first since I just graduated almost a year ago. So yeah, I prepped and will likely have to do it all over again in a few years :(

Records. Records and records for days. Drone records, procedural computer music records. Records.

LaNocciola (#2,880)

Hey, you saved approx $4k by not going to Columbia and then realizing publishing is all a big scam. I did CPC and left publishing after a couple of years, so…

$800 on international phone calls from Austria during a 6 week study abroad. Turns out if you leave the country it costs something like a dollar a minute. I was traveling a LOT. I wish I could go back in time and shake 19 year old me.

hershmire (#695)

@langedangereux You called your parents an average of 20 minutes a day for six weeks? Why weren’t you out getting drunk like the rest of the 19-year-olds on study-abroad in Austria?

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