Lest you think I am some kind of frugal guru the likes of which might keep a baggie of kitchen scraps in the freezer to one day make into "Leftover Soup," may I assert that I am an expert in what not to buy by virtue of the fact that I have bought so much. I have my regrets. Let me spare you.
Don't buy Sigg Bottles. This is a tough one, I know. Their selling points are three-fold: 1) Beautiful design 2)Somehow better for the environment 3) Promotion of more water drinking which will make your children healthier and you skinnier.
In a burst of water-loving verve, I ordered 6 of these last year with the hope that they would change my life. They aren't that great. They don't stay cold, can't go in the dishwasher, are too narrow to fit ice cubes from my freezer, and the plastic spout gets chewed on, gross, and dirty like any 50 cent water bottle my 5 year old spends time with. Just to add insult to injury, Dooce made fun of the psychedelic styles I bought. Unfortunately, cups and drinking fountains meet my plebeian needs best.
Do not buy Nutrisystems food. After I birthed and weened my last baby, I had a new lease on life! My body was my own (to abuse in ways no fetus would ever dream of). I could lose my baby weight and never gain it back. The world was my oyster, so to speak. I ordered a month's worth of Nutrisystem food. It's kind of fun at first. And it does work. But when you are squeezing orange tuna casserole out of a foil bag you'll think to yourself, "I'd rather be fat." Don't buy it.
Don't buy The Flirt jeans from Old Navy without trying them on. They are billed as flattering for everyone. But they aren't. Word.
Don't buy Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer. I did and I wish I hadn't. People online swear buy this stuff! I got some and whenever I use it I get zits where I put it. This might not happen to you, but what if it does happen? You will have spent $42 on moisturizer that isn't very tinted and makes you break out. You schmuck. You'll wish you would have wasted only 10 dollars on Almay Smart Shade, which also doesn't work but will save you 32 dollars.
I know I'm telling you things you don't want to hear. I'm just doing it because I love you.