25 Things You Should Never Buy — and What to Buy Instead

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American consumers are swimming in sea of products. Any need, want or whim can be met with a quick trip to the mall or click of a keyboard.

In this retail wonderland, it’s easy to make a few mistakes.

We’ve all fallen victim to aggressive marketing and been lured in by budget-busting convenience products, impulse buys and things that simply don’t make sense. (That reminds me, does anyone want a gently used Shake Weight?)

If you want to save money, it’s time to become a more intentional consumer. Following is a look at some of the things you should never buy — and what to buy instead.

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