12 Dumb Things We Pay For, but Don’t Need To

We pay for so many things that we can actually get for free or cheap. Here are some, and how to stop making these dumb purchases.

3. Brand names

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It really makes no sense to pony up for a more expensive brand-name bottle of pain reliever when right next to it is the store brand — same product, different label — for less. For many products, the brand has nothing extra to offer. Don’t pay for the brand. Use generics or store brands, especially for things like over-the-counter medications, cleaning supplies and baking supplies. Just read the labels. If they’re the same thing, why the heck would you ever pay more?

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