By now, most of us have heard the mantra “buy as little as possible”.
This is true, but what about the people who spend less than that?
According to the latest PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) data, more than half of us are spending less than 50% of our disposable income on purchases that have a return of 3.5% or more.
Of the $1.2 trillion in spending, almost half of that (48%) is for items that have the potential to be used in three or more years.
The other quarter (22%) is spent on items that are only used once or twice a year.
To put this into context, this is a 30% decline from 2011, when almost half (46%) of spending was on items with a 3.0% or better return.
So, for most people, it is best to avoid spending too much money on those that may not actually benefit from spending it at all.
Here are five of the most important items to avoid when it comes to purchasing.1.
Over-the-counter (OTC) medications.
While most people have access to prescription medications, the number of people who are using them is decreasing rapidly.
According to a recent PwC report, the percentage of Americans who were taking prescription medications in 2011 fell from 37% to 23% in five years.
For people who were already using OTC medications, that is a 25% decline in their prescription use.2.
We all know how much money goes into our electronics, but how much do we spend on them?
According the latest PwCs report, an average household spent $1,300 on electronics last year.
This includes the items that go into the electronic components of your phone, tablets, laptops, and televisions.
In contrast, an estimated $1 trillion was spent on electronic products in 2014, making electronics a major spending category for many people.3.
Even though computers are an important part of our daily lives, it can be hard to make ends meet when it is time to get to work.
This is especially true for young people and college students, who are less likely to be able to afford to pay for a home computer or a desktop computer.
As the number and cost of computer upgrades continue to climb, we may be seeing a resurgence in those spending money on technology.
The best way to make sure you are buying the right item is to look for a low price online, where you can compare products with similar specifications.4.
Toys and toys for children.
We know that children love to play, but as the technology for the devices increases, the likelihood that children will spend money on these devices is decreasing.
According the Pricewater’s report, in 2014 the percentage spending on toys for kids declined from 36% to 28%.5.
Books and magazines.
This category is becoming more and more popular as more people are purchasing digital content online, but there is still a lack of a good way to ensure that they are kept in stock and available for future purchase.
While we are seeing an increase in the number (over 50%) of people buying and printing books online, most people are still buying books at a local bookstore.
For a number of reasons, this may be the only option for a large number of our readers.