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We all make boneheaded financial decisions from time to time. Think about it: Wouldn't you rather go out to dinner one too many times rather than do something like blow money on an expensive car?

It all sucks, right? Today's burning question came from ThunderFuckMountain who asked the online community: "What is the worst thing you've ever spent money on?"

We're wincing.


"I bought a business that went under."

I bought a business that went under. Ended up having to file bankruptcy. But that doesn't piss me off as much as last week I bought feta cheese that expired over a week before.

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"Student loans..."

Student loans when I didn't even finish college.

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"I dodged the bullet there."

A ring for my cheating ex gf. I have never seen either of them since I found out. I dodged the bullet there.

taz93v

"There have been many times..."

There have been many times where I've been in an unfamiliar place and super hungry. Went somewhere to eat and it was god awful.

Pittsburgh pizza place next to Lava Lounge, I'm looking at you.

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"My first pack of cigarettes."

My first pack of cigarettes. Was a "just when drinking" smoker, and don't remember a specific time I decided to buy a whole pack and become an everyday smoker, but goddamn what a horrible purchase. Pack-a-day smoker for 7 years.

I'm now 8 months cigarette free.

larenardemaigre

"Spent $20,000..."

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Spent $20,000 on various gifts for a girl who pretended to love me.

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"The college degree I didn't want..."

The college degree I didn't want in a field I wasn't interested in because I was "supposed" to be that person.

Commander_Ivanova

"The secret message?"

When I was a kid I used to read mad magazine, one time they came out with a cover that had part of a message on it and you had to buy more magazines to read the message. My two sisters and I really wanted to find out the message, and being greedy kids we didn't want to share magazines. So we made our mom buy us each the four copies that had the secret message.

It wasn't until after they were bought and we were home that we realized they were all the same issue of the magazine just with different covers, so we ended up with 9 copies of the same magazine.

The secret message? "Cheap marketing gimmick"

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"When I was a kid..."

When I was a kid, my family was pretty poor. When I first started school, I was on a free lunch plan, and I always saw these snacks that were brown, long, and skinny, and they were $0.35 each. I never asked my parents for money for these things, but whenever I found pennies on the street I'd keep them for a rainy day. I decided one day that I would spend my money on one of these "Slim Jims".

So the next day I gathered all my pennies up into my pocket and somehow I managed not to lose a single one, even through recess. When I got to the end of the line I sheepishly laid my pennies out on the counter and purchased one, walked to my seat, opened the package, and prepared for a bite into this slim jim chocolatey goodness.

Now, some of you have already caught on to what a huge mistake I've made. See, "Slim Jim" is a brand of beef jerky, and chocolate... well, chocolate is not beef jerky. So you can imagine my disgust when I bit into my chocolate, and instead got not-chocolate.

So that was the worst 35 cents I ever spent.

ThunderFuckMountain

"When I was younger..."

When I was younger, I was devoted to this one brand of all-natural bar soap. The soap company was going to discontinue a few of their scents, and it so happened that the scents were all amongst my favourites. The company put the discontinued scents on sale and I decided I was going to stock up. I bought probably about $300 CAD worth of it in big, uncut slabs. Years later (>5 yrs) I still haven't gotten through it. Have had to start giving it away. Also, $300 on soap?! What was I thinking? I mean, sure, I'll never have to buy soap again... but holy sh!t. And now I am sooo tired of using the same soaps!

--MJL

"A boneless banquet box..."

A boneless banquet box from KFC.

A few soggy pieces of chicken and fries, and I was still hungry afterwards. I wrote off KFC after that.

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"A Windows phone."

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A windows phone. It would crash when it received a call, rendering me unable to actually take any calls.

SoreWristed

"Night vision binoculars..."

Night vision binoculars off Amazon. They were the equivalent of X-ray glasses from a mad magazine ad.

gbuddyd

"I hate killing things..."

Humane Spider/bug catcher.

I hate killing things if I can avoid it so I thought it would be great to catch spiders and release them outside ..only problem is that it doesn't work. Most spiders are too small for it to grab in the first place and the ones you are able to grab can easily crawl out of the bristles and straight up the handle to your hand which then causes you to freak the f--- out and kill the spider. Worthless product.

gettinglostonpurpose

"Dinner at a Mexican place..."

Dinner at a Mexican place that should frankly be ashamed of itself. If you're going to have a menu item that's basically "Tacos for white people", the rest of your food better be damn good.

The salsa was basically marinara, that's how not spicy it was. None of the meat was at all seasoned. The rice was dry and had no taste. The chile relleno was just...mushy and sad. Etc. etc.

PrettyFlyForADeadGuy

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They say one man's trash is another man's treasure - and sometimes that saying is pretty literal.

Lots of people build entire businesses picking up cool stuff on bulk-pickup trash day, and upcycling it into something even better that people are willing to pay for.

Sometimes, you might even end up with something pristine and usable right away.

Reddit user JampackedAlborn1976 asked:

What is the most valuable item that you have seen somebody throw away or have found in the garbage?

And for real ... some of these people scored BIG TIME. Like big time. Like really big.

Like Refrigerator Big

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"Our current refrigerator is a double-door one with exterior ice and water dispensers. We got it for free, with absolutely no problems whatsoever. It's just a few years old."

"How we got it? My dad (civil engineer) was doing some work on someone's apartment when they said they had bought a new modern French door refrigerator and that they were just going to discard their current refrigerator."

"My dad simply asked if he could have it.. and they said yes." - SauloJr

Immigrants In Action

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"I immigrated to the US from Brazil when I was 12. And every Saturday, my mom, stepdad, sister and I would go out at night to upper middle class neighborhoods the day before trash pickup to rummage through the garbage they were putting out."

"We found perfectly good TVs, VCRs, microwaves, couches, lazy boys, tables, books and comics, etc."

"I couldn't believe these Americans were throwing out like that. We furnished our entire house with that stuff. The entire Brazilian immigrant community in my town did it. We were flabbergasted." - PhillipLlerenas

With A Note

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"My wife yelled at me that someone put a big TV outside with a note on it. Walked across the street and it was a brand new Samsung 37 inch HDTV."

"They were actually renovating the apartment building and got an upgraded TV. Even had the remote taped to it with batteries, I guess I have really nice neighbors here in NYC." - MadLintElf

Life Hack!

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"If you want high end stuff out of the garbage for free, follow these steps:"

"Pick a city with a large university in it. If it's a school well known for its law programs, or medical, or engineering, all the better."

"Search for luxury apartment complexes that market themselves towards students. Look for things like included shuttle service, pools, fitness centers, etc. The more expensive and swanky the better."

"Figure out when finals week is at the end of Spring semester."

"Dumpster dive at those luxury apartment complexes during that week and the following weekend."

"Very wealthy international students will arrive in the US, fully outfit an apartment with nice furniture, big TVs, audio systems, gaming consoles, you name it, and when the semester ends they just junk it all because they aren't going to fly it back to wherever, and it's too much effort to spend the time selling when they do not care about the money."

"It's a smaller scale phenomenon a little like all the luxury cars abandoned at the airport in Dubai." - whattothewhonow

Literal Gold Treasure

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"I found a gold coin at goodwill for 5 bucks. It was in a case with someone's name and company name."

"It was their gift from the company for retiring. I assume the family threw it out when he died not knowing it was solid gold. It was in a in a thick solid plastic case that had to be cracked opened."

"It literally said 1 oz fine gold on it. I figured 5 bucks was worth the risk it not being real."

"It was a South African KRUGERRAND 1 oz coin. Everyone was just too busy to read it lol."

"Bought it and took it too a pawn shop and sold it for a couple grand." - streetmitch

The Best Day Of My Life

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"When I was a kid, I grew up right outside the Los Angeles area in the suburbs. My stepdad was a garbage truck driver for the city of Beverly Hills."

"I swear in the late 80s and early 90s we'd have so much basically brand new stuff (still in boxes) brought home on a regular basis."

"I'll never forget one day in particular. My stepdad came home and was like 'get ready, come to the car, I'll need your help.' So I go down there and in back seat of his car he had a few large black garbage bags."

"We haul them up to our apartment and he's like 'go ahead, open them.' Inside was what I could only describe as an 80s kids trove of treasures."

"One bag contained just about every Ghostbusters and GI joe toy you can imagine, they were played with but had every little accessory, there was a bunch the playsets and everything."

"In the other bag was pretty much every LEGO of the early 80s sets, still in their original boxes. I was a big LEGO nerd but was totally thrown off by the old school space ones because they looked nothing like the 90s space sets. I think they even said "NASA" the minifig's chests."

"That was like a random day in July, it felt like Christmas. I was 9 years old and it was basically like the best day of my life up to that point." - Zombgief

Who Throws Away Money?

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"A jar full of quarters."

"Annual spring cleaning projects happen in a lot of towns where anyone can put almost anything on the curb and it's taken away for free. It's to stop open dumping or stuff being dumped in ditches."

"Sometimes people deal with estates from winter by just dumping all their grandfather's stuff on the curb for the cleanup to get the house empty immediately. Most often they don't even bother to look at what they are throwing away."

"In 2012 on north road in Akwesasne I found an estate pile that I shuttled back and forth with my bike trailer getting lots of older tools like a scythe, hammers, saws, screwdrivers and wrenches, a 22 rifle with 100 round of ammo, a bunch of ar15 magazines, cast iron cookware, oil lamps, a hand crank food mill with all kinds of accessories, a black raven axe head (worth $100 easily since they are a collectable), and a quart size mason jar full of change mostly quarters."

"That was spring and the sheriffs office did a gun buyback in the fall where I took the mags and got $20 each for them (30 round mags suddenly illegal under the safe act of fall 2012. The buyback was a local political move). I still got the 22 and picked off a lot of woodchuck with it in my gardens." - Bogtrotterso1980

Filing Fever

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"I own a small company which is located directly in front of a state funded program facility. The state decided to have this office shred all of their files as they were going to switch to electronic data (exclusively)."

"We found two of these old rotary filing cabinets outside of their office. They're worth almost $3k each!"

"They just placed them there and we saw them and asked what they planned on doing with them. They said, 'Hmmm.....either donate them or trash them.' The state told them simply to get rid of them."

"We jumped at this and took the two into our already tiny office because there was no way in hell that we were going to let these gems go. (We do use paper files, unfortunately)."

"They wanted to give us two smaller ones but seriously, our office is very small. I made some phone calls and they were picked up immediately by other office workers/friends." - GlitzBlitz

This Sucks - In A Good Way!

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"In the 1990s my moms work had a really nice high end Hoover that stopped working. They threw it out."

"My mom took it home because my dad tinkers and repairs things easily. Turns out since it was a bagged vacuum all the dummies had to do is REPLACE THE BAG."

"Like it never occurred to them to do the most easy and basic step. My parents were excited to have a really upgraded vacuum. Maybe like $500ish." - schweddyboobs

Tiffany's Trash

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"My dad found an old stained glass window laying out by someone's trash. He thought it would look cool hanging in our cabin, so he stopped and grabbed it."

"It sat in our garage for a few years before he looked at it more closely and found "Tiffany and Co." branding on it. He got in touch with some stained glass window dude who figured it was worth about $40k fully restored, so my dad sold it to him for somewhere around $30k." - throwaway_stopdrink

Have you had any awesomely trashtastic treasures? Let us know!