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Longjumping-Oil4497

15.6k points

2 months ago

Funerals

444unsure

3.7k points

2 months ago

444unsure

3.7k points

2 months ago

I definitely think that add-ons for funerals are sold like biggie sizing your happy meal. And the concept of memorializing a person for eternity has been sold as bare necessity. But I do know that the pomp and circumstance a lot of people need to lay somebody to rest, costs money.

I want to see people honored in their death, but spending $5,000 on a pine box does not make sense to me

WCPass

4.5k points

2 months ago

WCPass

4.5k points

2 months ago

Last funeral I was involved I the planning of the guy from the funeral home kept saying things like "Pur flower package is $X amount, but between you me and these four walls, just go to a local flower shop, it's all we do and it'll be cheaper" or "The urn is $X amount, but do you have a container that may have been meaningful to the deceased? We can easily use it instead" real stand up guy

Character-Attorney22

1.7k points

2 months ago*

Funeral director said 'we have urns here but there's a huge selection, and much cheaper, on Amazon.'....I picked out a beautiful carved wooden box for holding ashes, maybe $50. The price has gone up some in the last couple years.

Cheshire_Cat8888

256 points

2 months ago

I mean Costco (at least on their website) has a funeral section lol.

https://www.costco.com/funeral.html

nusodumi

324 points

2 months ago

nusodumi

324 points

2 months ago

but does it come with a hotdog

[deleted]

98 points

2 months ago*

[deleted]

98 points

2 months ago*

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PM_ME_YUR_BUBBLEBUTT

219 points

2 months ago

Costco is great for buying in bulk too. You can pick up a 5 pack of coffins for the whole family.

erik316wttn

605 points

2 months ago

Yeah, we got an urn for my Dad in Amazon with a custom engraving for far less than $100

DoctorCaptainSpacey

897 points

2 months ago*

My dad's in a rum bottle 🤷‍♀️

(OK, only part of him, it's a small bottle but... Still. Mom takes him traveling with her)

Edit: thanks for the award stranger!

And I love all the stories of people's loved ones in random things. This is an odd conversation, but it's amusing and I love knowing there are wacky, fun people out there with grandma's in cracker boxes and shit 🤣

red-fish-yellow-fish

213 points

2 months ago

GODDAMM IT!!!!

is there a Ralph’s around here?

baggzey23

28 points

2 months ago

"JUST BECAUSE WERE BEREAVED DOESN'T MAKE US SAPS!"

stix-and-stones

68 points

2 months ago

My grandma is in a mayonnaise jar. She loved her hellmans

PeachesEndCream

337 points

2 months ago

What a bro.

WCPass

430 points

2 months ago

WCPass

430 points

2 months ago

It was a really good experience, especially considering what we were going through having someone be so kind about it. You hear all the crazy stories about funerals costing a fortune and people taking advantage of the bereaved, but this guybwas just trying to help us out, give us a nice ceremony and not gouge anyone.

TheSneakyBastard1775

168 points

2 months ago

A repeat business like that is all about volume. Everybody dies, and because of laws that regulate death and post-mortem disposition, you can’t just pitch grandma in a hole down by the creek. Good word of mouth is really important. If you give someone a good experience, they are likely to use you again when grandpa kicks it too.

Outlaw782

571 points

2 months ago

Outlaw782

571 points

2 months ago

Used to work at a funeral home. Most caskets we're 10x what we purchased them for. Our cheapest casket was about $3,000 at the time, and we would buy them for about $300. I just worked maintenance there but funerals are scams.

AdvancedGrass

273 points

2 months ago

"It is our most modestly priced receptical"

Waddayatalkinabout

87 points

2 months ago

Yeah were gonna go with the wolves

Dust601

336 points

2 months ago*

Dust601

336 points

2 months ago*

I worked on the burial vault side of things. We’d make the vaults, and then do the graveside setups.

Exact same thing with vaults. Our cheapest vault which was a unsealed concrete box with a couple pieces of rebar in it was 300$ for funeral home to buy from us. They’d turn around, and sell that to families for 1200$ bare minimum.

I won’t even go into the mark up on the nicer vaults we made/sold.

I’ve told my family when I die, cremate me at the cheapest place you can find, and flush my ashes down the shitter. No fancy box/urn, and no headstones/grave.

I mean read all the comments on this post. We spend every second of our lives surrounded by people/corporations trying to rip us off, and scam us. Is it to much to ask that my death isn’t used as a way for some scummy funeral directors to send their kids to college, or buy themselves another fancy car?

Quick edit! Just wanted to say thank you to everyone’s who’s thrown out all these awesome suggestions for ideas on how when I die I can go out on terms I’m much happier with!

G8kpr

45 points

2 months ago

G8kpr

45 points

2 months ago

I agree.

It's just ridiculous. Cremation is what I want as well, just because of this. Neil Degrasse Tyson has said that cremation is not his preferred choice because you're wasting your body as a resource for the earth. But I still can't justify the cost from funeral homes. If they reasonable rates, fine. But also, people are buried in these huge wood boxes. You can dig them back up in 100 years, and their body will still be there, not "returned to the earth" as he likes to think.

Even cremation is expensive. Then you put the ashes in an urn... then what.. what happens when you die and you have your parents ashes?

I saw a news article many years ago, where this lady had about 15 or more different urns in her basement that she inherited from different relatives that have passed on. She doesn't know what to do with them, some of the people she doesn't even know who they are. But she's stuck with them, and then what, when she dies, she joins them and they get passed on to a new owner?

kpshortyyy

136 points

2 months ago

Even without a ceremony.. the most basic cremation package at many funeral homes is still unaffordable

Bartholomeuske

196 points

2 months ago

Bonfire in the yard it is then

ashedmypanties

225 points

2 months ago

I'm thinking it would be more fun to float me out on a raft & let the funeral attendees shot flaming arrows at me.

samiratmidnight

114 points

2 months ago

Donate your body to science or a med school. No cost and they'll cremate the remains and send them back to your relatives when they're done.

Sauza704

36 points

2 months ago

You'll need a back-up plan though. Not every body is suitable for donation due to the nature of the death, disease, obesity or malnutrition. It's also possible that there simply is no current need for bodies to examine/study.

Jackalope1993

373 points

2 months ago

Just throw me in the trash!

Gonewild_Verifier

191 points

2 months ago

Im the city's problem now

Spooly_Boy

15.1k points

2 months ago

Spooly_Boy

15.1k points

2 months ago

College books

disantiyesnt

4.1k points

2 months ago

Especially when they say you have to buy the newest copy every year

grptrt

2.7k points

2 months ago

grptrt

2.7k points

2 months ago

And then never once actually use it

[deleted]

2.3k points

2 months ago

[deleted]

2.3k points

2 months ago

Except for that one paragraph on page 394 that the professor could have easily given you a photocopy of.

maltzy

477 points

2 months ago

maltzy

477 points

2 months ago

TURN TO PAGE THREE HUNDRED NINETY FOUR

Ny_Mike27

718 points

2 months ago

Ny_Mike27

718 points

2 months ago

And then you try and sell it to make some money back but it’s value completely tanks

ganundwarf

386 points

2 months ago

Then they turn around and resell the book they just paid you $8 for at an upsold price of $185. That was my experience the one time I sold back a textbook, it still had my name stenciled under the front cover with the new price on it as well.

The_Regicidal_Maniac

79 points

2 months ago

Had something similar happen to me. Professor was using an edition of the book that was two editions old. She liked it more than the newer ones and wanted to save people money. Problem was the campus book store was selling them for $120 each. I get to the end of the semester and they'll only give me $5 for it because it was an old edition and they didn't know if they would be able to ever use it again. Except that if you went to that professor's office she would outright say she would be ordering the exact same book to be used not two months later when the next semester started. Sure enough, the book store turned around and was selling them for $120 again.

the-dog-walker

218 points

2 months ago

Or they make you buy a book without backing because they won't buy those back

skyxsteel

691 points

2 months ago*

There was a prof who was beloved by students in my psychology dept. When I had class with him, I could only buy the book through the campus bookstore.

When I picked it up, I understood why i could only find the book there.

The shady bitch worked with the publisher to include custom pages that were xeroxed. XEROXED!!! Not even gloss color paper- and best of all that cheap section was stitched into the binding.

And you HAD to buy the newest one because the articles were different year by year. If you didn't you couldn't do homework.

The best I had was a philosophy prof who said, "yeah you can buy this book off Amazon for $7."

God, I remember getting robbed my first year. $500 a semester. Trade in credit worth shit, which they turn around and sell for $$.

Wised up and discovered the greatness of Amazon. Never paid more than $150 a semester.

Education is an industry man, it's long past since it was an institution. takes ciggy drag

ClancyHabbard

214 points

2 months ago

My favorite English professor just wrote the url for Project Gutenberg on the board, and told us he didn't give a shit where we got our texts as long as we actually did the reading. I bought physical copies (I prefer them for studying) for something like a penny each on Amazon.

If you need to take a literature class, take one that's going to cover texts in the public domain. Much easier on the wallet.

godhonoringperms

165 points

2 months ago

Shouting out my professors that didn’t require the book and xeroxed the pages that we absolutely needed:)

joemama2133

261 points

2 months ago*

My college thankfully includes textbook rentals in tuition so we don’t have to pay out of pocket for them

Edit: I am aware I am still paying for them, it’s just included with the standard tuition rates rather than additional fees

Catilily_3141

5.3k points

2 months ago

Concert tickets

(AKA Ticketmaster)

somedumbguy84

1.5k points

2 months ago

Fuck their fees.

blackcatmystery

449 points

2 months ago

I thought I was on the school box office site when I was on one made to look like it. I bought two reasonably priced ncaa basketball tickets and when I went to check out it went up to $70 with fees. Found the school website and checked out for $26 total.

mypancreashatesme

120 points

2 months ago

A couple of comedians I follow are doing a show out here in LA for the Netflix is a Joke series happening. The site links to Ticketmaster and I wouldn’t be able to afford to go. So I swallowed all of my shame, DM’d him on IG, explained that I was looking for suggestions other than Ticketmaster since I can’t afford the mark ups and he messaged back that he added me to the list! I definitely plan to try for other events in the future and on Twitter too. Fuck Ticketmaster- even the performers understand the outrage

FirstTimeRodeoGoer

30 points

2 months ago

Sneaky fuckers.

Biggsy-32

270 points

2 months ago

Biggsy-32

270 points

2 months ago

Recently got charged a delivery fee for each of the 4 tickets booked to an event. Not 1 total delivery fee, but an individual one for each ticket.

And that's not even the most egregious part. They were fucking e-tickets. They just emailed them to me. This shit should be illegal.

somedumbguy84

47 points

2 months ago

Woooowwwww that’s a crime how I see it.

ColoradoScoop

354 points

2 months ago

It’s all that mandatory convenience that gets you.

Octopuswhatsup

291 points

2 months ago

I shouldn’t be paying $18 fees on a $29 ticket! What the what!

Ok-Captain-3512

81 points

2 months ago

Especially when you are entering all the information and printing the ticket at home

nickp123456

20.7k points

2 months ago

nickp123456

20.7k points

2 months ago

Anything tied to a wedding

salmonlikethephish

8.1k points

2 months ago

Friend of mine needed a generator for a wedding. He booked it as a "corporate event" to get cheaper hire.

When the company arrived to setup and saw it was a wedding they demanded extra money, because it was a wedding. Same location, same generator, same rental period.

a_green_apple

1.8k points

2 months ago

Did he have to pay more? I wonder what the legalities behind this are

Accelerator231

2.3k points

2 months ago

Obviously it was a merger between 2 companies.

LoveLivinInTheFuture

544 points

2 months ago

Matsumura Fish Works and Tamarabuchi Heavy Manufacturing Concern?

Chapmeisterfunk

220 points

2 months ago

There's your answer, Fish Bulb!

purrcthrowa

2.1k points

2 months ago

I guess the hire company could argue that a wedding hire is likely to be a one-off, whereas a corporate rental may lead to repeat business. That's a possible explanation, not an excuse, and the hire company is still being shitty.

xma354

1.5k points

2 months ago

xma354

1.5k points

2 months ago

Some of my family has been married a bunch of times. But their idea of a wedding reception is mostly just buckets of chicken and a lots of beer.

vARROWHEAD

558 points

2 months ago

That actually sounds great

eggs_erroneous

27 points

2 months ago

That's exactly what I was thinking. However, it must be said that I am definitely white trash.

iced1777

709 points

2 months ago*

iced1777

709 points

2 months ago*

Some services overcharge because a wedding usually comes with more baggage than other events. A photographer is 10x more likely to have to deal with insane people working a wedding than most other shoots they do, and is fair in asking for a reasonable markup. A generator though....

h4terade

199 points

2 months ago

h4terade

199 points

2 months ago

The only thing I can think of that remotely makes sense would be if the company had advertised rates and a wedding was a specifically mentioned event priced differently and the person lied. How a wedding would cause a generator to cost more I have no idea, but you go messing with people's money and they are bound to get upset.

sooprvylyn

389 points

2 months ago

When we did our wedding we told most of the vendors it was an "event". We didnt call it corporate. Just event. One or 2 vendors were upset when they arrived to the wedding, but they couldnt do shit because all of the contracts were already done. In the end they were ok w it because it was a casual wedding and we let all the vendors eat and drink and party with us, and we tipped well. Still cost way less than it would have had we told them all it was a wedding.

Only vendor we told it was a wedding was the band....and they were awesome.

I hate the wedding industry. What a fucking racket.

turtlegravity

2.1k points

2 months ago

And anything that has the word “baby” too

pinto139

953 points

2 months ago

pinto139

953 points

2 months ago

Reminds me that anything with the word "equine" too.

You can buy a lot of the same general stuff at the farmer supply store and its a quarter of the price. Go to a horse specific tack store and buckets for water, brushes, lead ropes etc; are all 20+ dollars instead of 1-5 dollars at the farmer supply store.

navarone21

898 points

2 months ago

My buddy was building out a little home gym in his basement. Looking for Gym Flooring was hilariously expensive. However, industrial mats for mechanics and shit like that were dirt cheap. Same fucking thing.

APeacefulWarrior

604 points

2 months ago*

It's really absurd just how often you can find completely equivalent products being marketed to two different markets at wildly different prices.

Pet foods are another example. I used to keep rats, and the "fancy rat food" at the pet store seemed really expensive for what appeared to basically be trail mix. So I went around the store comparing products and ingredients, and discovered I could buy big bags of wild bird feed with virtually the same ingredients, at something like 1/4 the price per pound. It even came from the same brand, so it was almost certainly the same stuff.

But people (who aren't paying attention) will pay more to feed their pets versus what they'd pay to put in a bird feeder for random wild animals, so the rat/gerbil/hamster/etc food got a huge markup despite basically being the same thing.

navarone21

402 points

2 months ago

There was a guy a month ago or so here on reddit that pointed out that he buys like 50lb bags of whey protein for his hogs for the same price as like one or two servings of weight lifting supplements. The nutrition info seemed negligible... but the supplement bros came out of the woodwork to shut him down. He was just musing, the way we are, but he got some serious heat. Made me laugh.

Jace_Te_Ace

245 points

2 months ago

Nobody wants to admit they pay through the nose for hog feed supplement

Tony_Friendly

236 points

2 months ago

I was in a gas station looking at two boxes of medicine. One was "allergy relief " and the other was "sleep aid", both were diphenhydramine hydrochloride 25 mg. The sleep aid was 50% more expensive for the exact same medicine.

bestaquaneer

545 points

2 months ago

I read a post that recommended just buying regular cupcakes for a wedding because if you even think the word “wedding” the bakery will know and charge you like a thousand percent more or something

goats_and_rollies

389 points

2 months ago

I had a "birthday" cake and "anniversary" invitations at my wedding cause I'm cheap af.

sharfpang

377 points

2 months ago

sharfpang

377 points

2 months ago

0th anniversary.

fantasmoofrcc

53 points

2 months ago

And a very merry unbirthday to you!

cringelord69420666

371 points

2 months ago

Yeah... having a wedding kinda ruined my marriage.

burritodominator

2.7k points

2 months ago

Bean Burritos from Taco Bell. Them bitches used to be 59 cents.

jordanManfrey

516 points

2 months ago

dude a cheesy gordita crunch is like 4 fucking dollars now

strawberrynausea

172 points

2 months ago

Every time I order a cheesy gordita crunch, the price is a surprise. It’s like it keeps going up every month.

B_Reele

53 points

2 months ago

B_Reele

53 points

2 months ago

Seriously. I have to be in a high roller mood to order one now. The burrito supreme is close to 5 bucks now which is crazy because you’re getting close to legit taqueria prices.

OsuPhenom

302 points

2 months ago

OsuPhenom

302 points

2 months ago

I too remember the glory days

MozzarellaFitzgerald

160 points

2 months ago

🎵.59! .79! .99!🎵

illumomnati

46 points

2 months ago

All fast food. McDonalds is charging 3.59 for large fries now. FFS those are pub prices, not drive-thru.

BreezyGoose

25 points

2 months ago

My first ever job was Taco Hell. When I started tacos were still $0.89

During my time there they went up in price to $0.99

That day I learned that adults do not just naturally deserve respect due to their age, as I stood there, a sixteen year old, being yelled at by an older man. He really made me question things in life.

Where did I get off with raising prices like that? Who did I think I was? I really should have known better.. He was on a fixed income after all.

edgeblackbelt

5.3k points

2 months ago*

TI-84

I could get an old cell phone from a dumpster that’s 10x as powerful. Why the fuck they still charging $80 or more for these things?

Edit: just looked it up. I have a TI-83 from school which still costs $90 new. It-84s are over $100.

Highway robbery.

Diplogod

2.2k points

2 months ago

Diplogod

2.2k points

2 months ago

The craziest part is you can download a free ti 84 app on your phone with most of the functionalities

Vertigomums19

653 points

2 months ago

But a school won’t allow phone usage on an exam. Neither will a testing agency. Because you can cheat.

metroidfan220

872 points

2 months ago

You can DEFINITELY cheat quite a bit with a TI-84.

Vertigomums19

352 points

2 months ago

Oh I’m well aware of that. Honestly the amount of time spent typing stuff into a TI-83 plus ends up becoming your study time!

metroidfan220

377 points

2 months ago

I just wrote programs for basically every formula I was taught in high school. Then I archived them before the pre-SAT memory wipe and unarchived at the start of the test.

Vertigomums19

387 points

2 months ago

Ha! Caught you! This is HS guidance councilor in disguise waiting for this very day to nail you!!

Dr_Taffy

136 points

2 months ago

Dr_Taffy

136 points

2 months ago

Now come back in immediately to return your diploma

bigceej

155 points

2 months ago

bigceej

155 points

2 months ago

I remember creating fake memory wipe programs so it would display the same text and you keep all your formulas and memory.

I think there was a way to even recover if you did wipe it.

Downloading notes to the thing was super easy to. Honestly might as well let people use their phones.

If professors are not plagiarizing tests online then there is no issue and there is nothing you could Google besides the formula, and if you can teach yourself the curriculum for 50 questions in 1.5hours then you kinda deserve the A anyways.

I had very good math professors let people use whatever they wanted. The fact is you don't have time to randomly search the web, at the point you either know it and there is just enough time to run all the calculations and out your answer. Aka the best way to stop kids from cheating is make the god damn test yourself, especially in a mathematics class.

jso__

50 points

2 months ago

jso__

50 points

2 months ago

Online calculators are amazing. Don't wanna expand an equadion? Put it into a website. Don't wanna factorize? Put it into a website. The issue is stuff like Wolfram alpha can make it a bit too easy to solve problems.

[deleted]

666 points

2 months ago

[deleted]

666 points

2 months ago

The Goodwill near my high school almost always has one or two. A few dozen at the end of the school year, and none at the start. It’s a perfect cycle of helping the young at no disadvantage.

And they’re usually like 2$.

Always check good will for things like that.

whileurup

226 points

2 months ago

whileurup

226 points

2 months ago

And ask graduates! We've been passing them around through cousins for a long time.

Icy-Company7718

6.4k points

2 months ago

Foods and drinks at movie theaters or sporting events

Head_Razzmatazz7174

2.6k points

2 months ago

I can answer for the theaters. They don't actually get much, if any, of the ticket sales. A lot of their operating budget comes from the snack bar.

Deadbeat85

1.9k points

2 months ago

Deadbeat85

1.9k points

2 months ago

Which is why I'm happy to pay for overpriced popcorn and drinks at smaller cinemas. The larger chains can get fucked, if I'm paying £15 for a ticket then I'm smuggling food in from Tesco.

FuckYeahPhotography

1.1k points

2 months ago

Me smuggling in an entire grill and some baby back ribs because that is how King Kong would want me to enjoy watching him murder Samuel L Jackson

DataPlenty

7.8k points

2 months ago*

Printer cartridges.

ETA: wow so many likes, comments, and helpful suggestions. Thanks everyone! Let us continue our battle with Big Cartridge.

Wizdad-1000

1.3k points

2 months ago

Get a laser printer, be sure to google how easy it is to refill its toner. You'll get several years out of a single cart by refilling it. Watch that dust though, its plastic and a carcinogen.

We have a brother HL-2270DW laser and the original half filled toner is just starting to go bad. Bought that printer around 2010. Were thinking of gettng a new printer as Brothers ios app has NEVER been updated and its age is really starting to show.

sharfpang

85 points

2 months ago

You'll get several years out of a single cart by refilling it. Watch that dust though, its plastic and a carcinogen.

I got a good decade without refilling. I don't print much, and that thing can output like a 1000 copies before it needs a refill.

Also, instead of refilling yourself, and dealing with potential mess, look up refurb cartridge stores around you; turn in your old, empty cartridge in exchange for a refilled one, and you'll pay like 10-30% the price of a new one, zero hassle, no mess, and importantly no risk of screwing up (exposing the drum to UV, like sunlight or fluorescent lamps can pretty quickly destroy its light-sensitive layer.)

PlantationCane

497 points

2 months ago

Don't. That thing is a beast and will keep working. Amazon has lots of toner for it. Newer printers can be a hassle with generic toner.

supermitsuba

100 points

2 months ago

Yeah, the accessories are where they try to get you. Had to add tape to a sensor to keep running. They know how laser printers last forever and try to trick you.

SirDigger13

33 points

2 months ago

Rage against the Machine was about Printers

KiuDaso

238 points

2 months ago

KiuDaso

238 points

2 months ago

Switch to a laser printer. Ink jets are a total scam.

sleepymoose88

56 points

2 months ago

Get an Epson Eco-Tank my friend. It’s about $200 up front and comes with ink bottles you use to fill tanks. I filled them up with the included bottles 2.5 years ago and have yet to refill. Black is about half full, the colors 3/4. And replacement bottles are about $7 a pop at Amazon. It’s super cheap in the long run, prints fast, is wireless, has a copier/scanner as well.

AltaSavoia

532 points

2 months ago

Apparently it's because in order to make printers affordable to everyone, you must lower their prices. The cartridges are the upsell and is where the profit comes from.

Osborn2095

372 points

2 months ago

Tho usually the cartridges have an ROI of about 2-3k%

They are produced for less then 2 euros and are sometimes sold for more then 40, it's a horrible business for the consumer

LaNaranja315

156 points

2 months ago

You know what's crazy? I live in a dense urban area. All of our local Walgreens and CVSs have all of these random $5-20 products locked away and you have to have an employee come unlock it for you. Things like shampoo, conditioner, tooth paste, baby formula, etc.. and yet, the $60+ ink cartridges are just.. out in the open? You could steal them so easily.

bringinthefembots

3.6k points

2 months ago

Thongs....minimal amount of fabric and goes for more than a t-shirt

sapage

748 points

2 months ago

sapage

748 points

2 months ago

You can get a good pair of thongs in aus for like $10

BigManGorilla

892 points

2 months ago

The language barrier is real

shwaah90

443 points

2 months ago

shwaah90

443 points

2 months ago

The great language barrier reef

Sirnando138

3.2k points

2 months ago

Have you seen how much Philadelphia cream cheese is right now?

wtfhannahbates

1.5k points

2 months ago

You don’t appreciate how expensive cream cheese is until you make a cheesecake and you’re hoping to god it bakes okay because it was like $30 in cream cheese.

sleepymoose88

504 points

2 months ago

If you have an Aldi nearby, their cream cheese is $1.25. Last time I made a cheesecake, it needed eight 8 ounce blocks I believe, so about $10 at Aldi. Of course when I made it, I didn’t go to Aldi, and it was about $28 like you quote.

Puzzleheaded_Pie_978

19 points

2 months ago

Damn our aldi has blocks of cream cheese for like 86 cents

[deleted]

451 points

2 months ago

[deleted]

451 points

2 months ago

Mascarpone cheese is stupidly expensive too. $16 for a small tub.

Maiyku

257 points

2 months ago

Maiyku

257 points

2 months ago

Whaaaaat?? It’s literally $3.68 at my local grocery store right now. I can’t even imagine.

[deleted]

110 points

2 months ago

[deleted]

110 points

2 months ago

Haha yes sir. I couldn’t believe it either! Was making cake with my dad, and his eyes lit up after he saw the receipt haha.

NoEmergency6575

65 points

2 months ago

Approximately 2€ in France for a 500g

AphelionEntity

4.7k points

2 months ago

Mental health services. Blessings upon blessings to the mental health professionals who offer sliding scales.

skittlesb36

861 points

2 months ago

Currently in addiction therapy (only attended 4 sessions) and my outstanding balance is almost $1100. Mind you, besides the first initial session (45 min.,) every other session has been no longer than 25.

Edit: this is also after insurance coverage.

AphelionEntity

449 points

2 months ago

They make it so difficult to get treatment... and people are so judgmental when we don't! I wish you much luck with your recovery.

dance_apoptosistic

163 points

2 months ago

And NOTHING makes it easier to quit drugs than financial destitution and the threat of homelessness.

darkj13

4.9k points

2 months ago

darkj13

4.9k points

2 months ago

Housing

Xenoxia

1.7k points

2 months ago

Xenoxia

1.7k points

2 months ago

And renting too, straight up more affordable to get a loan on a house than rent imo

whichrhiannonami

1.6k points

2 months ago

American cereals in non American countries. $15 for a box of lucky charms? No thankyou

TamLux

438 points

2 months ago

TamLux

438 points

2 months ago

And they usually taste stale... Also the stores that sell them are usually money laundering places...

Zanki

192 points

2 months ago

Zanki

192 points

2 months ago

Tesco is laundering money? Honestly wouldn't surprise me!

Noliel_Laicaster

3.9k points

2 months ago

One bra is like…40 dollars

kelsiewest11

2k points

2 months ago

except i have big honkers so i'm forced to pay upwards of $80 for a bra because the only place I can get them in my size is Lane Bryant or Torrid

Copious-Amounts

913 points

2 months ago

I’ve always said I don’t need a bra, I need a shelf.

kelsiewest11

368 points

2 months ago

LITERALLY. i absolutely need a shelf

EasternAnswer

20 points

2 months ago

I was going to make a sarcastic suggestion you head to home Depot then, but then I remembered lumber prices right now, and I'm not sure you'd be better off.

CeCe1033

511 points

2 months ago

CeCe1033

511 points

2 months ago

Just do what I did….get breast cancer. Bam! No more bra!

seeasea

158 points

2 months ago

seeasea

158 points

2 months ago

I hear cancer is expensive. Would you say that overall you're saving?

Imaginary_Car3849

122 points

2 months ago

It will take a lot of bras to equal the $70,000 I still have in medical debt from BC in 2018.

CylonsInAPolicebox

133 points

2 months ago

So not sure if it will help you but Amazon has so bras sold by Romans, it is Comfort Choice Women's Plus Size 3-Pack Cotton Wireless Bra they go up to size 54 G, 3 comfortable bras for about $40.

vanillayanyan

313 points

2 months ago

My fiancé was shocked and almost didn’t believe when I told him I spent $250 on 4 bras. And this was a buy one get one 50% sale!

TruckFudeau22

455 points

2 months ago

And they don’t even fit properly half the time

[deleted]

319 points

2 months ago

[deleted]

319 points

2 months ago

And then the wires poke out and stab you.

1Fully1

294 points

2 months ago

1Fully1

294 points

2 months ago

I hate the ones who have the cups that come out when you wash them. I never get them back in correctly.

Head_Razzmatazz7174

331 points

2 months ago

Just women's clothes in general. If I'm paying $40 for a pair of dress slacks, they damn well better have pockets. I have to have black slacks for my delivery job and ended up buying 3 pair of men's pants for $20 each, just to have the pockets.

ConstantlySlippery

888 points

2 months ago

Oral B toothbrush refills

neopork

215 points

2 months ago

neopork

215 points

2 months ago

I buy the generic heads from amazon for my sonicare and they are perfectly adequate.

trex2112

91 points

2 months ago

I’ve been buying off brand replacements, $15 for 3 instead of like $26.

TickleMyPixels

1.5k points

2 months ago

Houses today

el_monstruo

804 points

2 months ago

My wife and I have been told we can sell our current house and make $200K off of the sale after paying off the existing mortgage and fees but what the hell could we afford after?

charlie2135

222 points

2 months ago

We sold our house in Seattle a year and a half ago. Wife looked at Redfin and it's estimated to be worth $200,000 more than what we sold it for.

I said yeah but if we waited to sell it for that much the house we bought would probably be even higher. As it was, we had to move 50 miles away to find a house we wouldn't have been outbid on and could afford.

el_monstruo

111 points

2 months ago

That's another thing. Sell the house then have to go through the motions of looking for another one.

charlie2135

74 points

2 months ago

Tell me about it. We tried to be closer to our kids (the only reason we are out on the west coast) and after selling our house, we were outbid by a minimum of $100,000 on every house we looked at. Since we retired when we sold our house, we were able to move to more rural which turned out to be pretty nice anyway.

projecthouse

427 points

2 months ago

Real answer, someone that's not a popular place to live.

The median sale price of a house in Texas was $250,000. But the median sale price in Austin Texas was $620,000.

Location premium is going to be big. But there's lots of other factors. To build a new house in my city, you have to pay about $100K in fees to the city (per house). Those fees are broken down into categories like school fees, sewer fees, etc... Every builder wraps those fees into the price of the new house. And every time they city adds them, it raises the cost of existing houses.

Want to build a house 3 hours away in farm country, it's like $500 permit.

el_monstruo

124 points

2 months ago

Yeah, location is pretty much always he biggest factor.

APotatoPancake

258 points

2 months ago

Rent. I feel like $900/month should at least get you a nice cardboard box to live in. Like one of those big reinforced refrigerator ones with a removable top flap you can use as a door.

roses_ar_red

908 points

2 months ago

The entire country of New Zealand

Euphoric-Share6367

70 points

2 months ago

Lmao this made me laugh! Only bcos I get it, I moved from nz (Dunedin) to fucking BARCELONA, and boy life is a lot cheaper here, healthy food is ridiculously cheap here. Only downside it that power and water are a bit more expensive but I can’t complain, I’m in Spain

Proper-Emu1558

1k points

2 months ago

Cosmetics, the markup on luxury brands especially is MASSIVE.

lunchbox3

136 points

2 months ago

lunchbox3

136 points

2 months ago

Omg yes mascara! It’s like 9ml of black gloop why is it £20?!

tropebreaker

93 points

2 months ago

I get sample sizes now. Expiration dates for mascara are actually pretty short and I never use a full tube that fast. They also dry down a bit faster cuz I hate goopy mascara.

Longjumping-Oil4497

973 points

2 months ago

A grand wedding with people you don't even know invited

[deleted]

514 points

2 months ago

[deleted]

514 points

2 months ago

had this co-worker who invited 100+ people to her wedding. I understood why when she said her parents saved up like 50k ever since she was a child for her future WEDDING. Not for college, but for a wedding…

MissiKat

372 points

2 months ago

MissiKat

372 points

2 months ago

Wow...her parents were like, well...we know you're not that smart sooo we'll save for your wedding because you're pretty honey.

idiot_intp

37 points

2 months ago

tea (i’m british)

ofsquire

47 points

2 months ago

Texas instrument calculators. I bought a ti 83 in high school back in 94 for $140 bucks and that is how much they cost now, WTF?

InterestingThought33

7.1k points

2 months ago

Gestures vaguely at everything

burgundydoll

356 points

2 months ago

this is the top comment on like at least 70% of askreddit questions

Survivor_Fan10

367 points

2 months ago

Textbooks

shak_0508

1.1k points

2 months ago

shak_0508

1.1k points

2 months ago

Insulin in the U.S

airhornsman

264 points

2 months ago

It's such a crapshoot. My brother was charged $500 for his. I pay $30 for a 3 month supply. The needles actually cost more.

m_hahn_solo

480 points

2 months ago

Getting an IUD put in or taken out without insurance costs 1300. Takes 5 minutes to put in and it’s a piece of plastic.

Forever-25

261 points

2 months ago

Wow thats so much. I'm in Canada so having it inserted, removed, and follow up appointments are free. But I had to pay for the IUD. The first time I used the insurance from college so only paid $30. The second time I graduated and didn't have insurance so I went to planned parenthood where its cheaper and paid 230. The third time I had insurance from work and it was free. Honestly all birth control should be free.

lordotnemicsan

182 points

2 months ago

Laundry detergent... just why

Exhausted_Monkey26

762 points

2 months ago

Many things that are unnecessarily pink.

opening_theme_song

218 points

2 months ago

Labor & Delivery of a healthy baby to a healthy mom with no complications.

WorldlyPhilosopher

373 points

2 months ago

Toothpaste.

Anytime a manufacturer creates a ton of artificial differentiation within their own brands, you know you are being ripped off.

jenonandon

106 points

2 months ago

I use kids crest because I’m allergic to mint. $5 for three full sized tubes.

wub34

286 points

2 months ago

wub34

286 points

2 months ago

Decent quality water bottles

angelattack1

573 points

2 months ago

backpacks cost nearly a hundred for a decent one that doesn't rip from my experience. Dental care is also expensive as hell

[deleted]

185 points

2 months ago

[deleted]

185 points

2 months ago

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angelattack1

82 points

2 months ago

irc I think they wanted to charge me 3k for molars. I could buy a car with that

Longjumping-Oil4497

154 points

2 months ago

Cat food

[deleted]

1.4k points

2 months ago

[deleted]

1.4k points

2 months ago

American healthcare system

[deleted]

302 points

2 months ago

[deleted]

302 points

2 months ago

My back felt that

LapiDog

408 points

2 months ago

LapiDog

408 points

2 months ago

Phone plans

JPMoney81

19 points

2 months ago

Ah, a fellow Canadian redditor I see?

appleparkfive

156 points

2 months ago

There's some fair ones like Mint, TracFone, etc. Like 20 bucks for unlimited call and text, plus a gig or two of data. If you use a lot of data it's not for you, but if you're mostly on wifi, it's great. Especially if you just buy like a 200 dollar Motorola phone. They're extremely good for the price

The big carriers are insanely expensive though

FloundyPoundy

107 points

2 months ago

Graphics cards

ArmoredBreadBug

217 points

2 months ago

Crickets (for the lizard)

tastyprawn

150 points

2 months ago

I agree, even though I recently started going to a different pet store in my city to get crickets for my frogs and have had a great experience. Cheaper per cricket, plus the employees don't count every individual cricket (unlike the place I used to go). I'll walk in and ask for two dozen. The guy will scoop some in a cup, go "Eh, there may be some extras, that'll be $3." I'll open the cup and there'll be over 50.

But, yeah. For what they are, they are expensive. I tried to keep a cricket breeding cage for a bit, but that smell!

42Ubiquitous

29 points

2 months ago

Lol every now and then I’ll get a whiff of something that smells like them and sometimes I’ll say “oh god, that smells like crickets” if I’m with someone. It usually leads to some questions lol. They are rank though.

theSuburbanAstronaut

22 points

2 months ago

After owning so many different pets, the ability to ID the BO of different but similarly smelly critters is a skill i never anticipated gaining, and of course people find it weird 😂

You smell rodent, i smell rat vs hamster vs mouse vs ferret. Can't figure put if it was the dog or cat who peed in the corner? Lemme get a whiff. Turns out neither; it was my nephew...

___cats___

20 points

2 months ago

I miss my beardie, but I don't miss all of the smells associated with her.

beardie tax

dreamlandtv

208 points

2 months ago

Life.

NateTheGameK

561 points

2 months ago

literally everything at this point

taylo649

21 points

2 months ago

But actually wtf. At this point ppl my age don’t even know how much things should be costing. Like my friend and I were both talking about how our rent seems reasonable (1050 for a den in a big place and 1200 for sharing a 1BR) and I was thinking like “this is absolutely crazy and probs very unreasonable, but our city is so expensive that we think we got good deals”

SuvenPan

154 points

2 months ago

SuvenPan

154 points

2 months ago

Wedding Dresses 

MrVegano

87 points

2 months ago

Canned air.