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15 Things That Really Don't Have To Be So Expensive

Everything nowadays is too damned expensive. Prices keep climbing, inflation is out of control, and sadly there seems to be no immediate end in sight.

The reality is that middle class is slowly being eradicated as the divide between the rich and poor widens every day. To highlight some of the things I'm talking about, here are 15 things that really don't have to be so expensive — but they are.

College textbooks

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"I had a professor that was really against the college textbook industry and said it was a huge scam, so for the class I took with him he used a textbook that he wrote and provided a PDF version of it for free to all of us." - Reddit u/-eDgAR-

Delivery charges/services fees for Uber Eats.

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Fees for food delivery are enough to dissuade you from using the service entirely. When you add up the service fee, delivery charge, taxes, and tip — it winds up costing you more than the food itself.

Utilities (electricity/water/natural gas)

Raising the minimum wage is not the right way for a country to go about providing a "living wage" to its citizens. Why don't we focus on reducing the costs of water, hydro, and natural gas — considering how flush we are with these natural resources?

Diamond rings

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Diamonds have no intrinsic value. They're not bought and sold on the stock market in the same way that gold and silver are. Because unlike these minerals — diamonds are only as valuable as diamond retailers say that they are.

Groceries

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According to a recent article published via Global News, Canadian food prices are set to climb an additional five to seven percent in 2022. I guess that means that it's time to figure out how to garden and grow vegetables of my own.

Mobile plans

A new report by a Finnish telecom agent reveals that Canadians pay more for mobile plans than anywhere else in the world. On average, a 4G phone with 100GB of data per month will cost upwards of $144 — compared to Israel where that same plan will run roughly $10 a month.

Smart Phones

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A brand new iPhone 13 with 1TB of storage space will run you more than $2,229. That's almost three times as much as my PC— and more than 10x the cost of what flagship phones cost not even a decade ago.

Internet

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How the internet isn't considered a fundamental human right in 2022 is beyond me. In Canada, the average monthly charge tops out at just over $100 — compared to $64 a month, which is what our neighbors to the south pay.

Concert ticket fees

It's my firm belief that Ticketmaster is one of the evilest companies on the face of the earth. When I went to go see Caribou perform in my home town last November, processing fees were 30% of the ticket price.

Car insurance

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The average cost of auto insurance in the Province of Ontario ranges between $1300-$1800 a month. Now, if I go claims free for one year; two years; five years; etc. — shouldn't I get some of that money back?

Weddings

I'm in the midst of planning my own wedding and let me tell you — the entire industry is full of pirates and cutthroats. The average cost for a wedding of 150 guests rings in right around $30,000. By comparison, a marriage license only costs you $125.00

Housing costs.

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Can someone please explain to me how a "starter house" nowadays is going to cost a couple $700,000 at the bare minimum?! In case you were wondering, a 20% downpayment (which is considered the norm) would equal out to $140,000.

Petrol

I will never understand how we pay so much for petrol and fossil fuels in North America. In Canada, the average price per liter is just over $1.14. Currently, at the pumps, fuel is well over $1.40 a liter.

Funerals

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In 2020, the average cost for a funeral with a viewing was just under $10,000. Keep in mind, this doesn't take into account cemetery services or cemetery property charges.

This is why when I die — I'm going to request to be thrown out with the trash.

Trips to the dentist/optometrist

I will never be able to rectify how in a country that boasts universal healthcare — vision and oral health are somehow seen as excepetions. Does the government think that seeing and chewing solid food is some sort of luxury?

h/t: Reddit