Don’t waste $50 on these shameful purchases. Get a month of IT training instead!By Chris Magiet
What’s worth $50? There are plenty of good ways to spend 50 bucks, but chances are you’ve also spent that kind of money on something you’ll never use, and undoubtedly regret later.
Here are some of the most regrettable purchases I found that ring up at about half of a Benjamin. The people who bought these items could have been spent their money on a $49 subscription to TrainSignal instead. Don’t be one of those people.
You know you regret buying wolf statues
I’m not trying to knock nature here, but even if you’re an environmentalist it is possible to own too many life-like wolf statues.
I’ll refrain from making any fashion statements here. However, if $50 is on the low end for your v-neck expenditures then it better look really good…otherwise you’ll end up like this:
Magic the Gathering ‘Fat Pack’
It seems awesome because you are getting packs for a good price, but then you realize that you never wanted 3,000 land cards in your closet.
Nickelback concert tickets
Even if you are one of the few Nickelback fans out there, you’re not doing yourself any favors by going to see them live.
Funny or Die provides a voice of reason on this one. The comedy website shared this quality “Nickelback Burn” from a Boise, Idaho newspaper blurb that says you’d be better off if you buy “45 hammers from the dollar store, hang them from the ceiling at eye level and spend an evening banging the demons out of your dome” than going to the band’s concert.
That expensive gadget that was just released
You might be happy with your smartphone, but are you happy with how much it cost you because you had to have it when it first launched? Your friend probably just paid pennies for it with an email coupon.
Likewise, every year around the holidays and Black Friday, television prices magically plummet. And yet, often we’re eager to get the newest model when it first comes out, and we end up shelling out hundreds of dollars on them.
For that kind of cash, you can get a whole year of TrainSignal training, which rings in at $468.
The Awl researched the pricing history of television sets, and claims, “the first RCA model debuted at $600 in 1939. Adjusted for inflation (i.e., converting the purchasing power of six hundred 1930 dollars into 2011 dollars) that would be $9,773.
Zombie survival kit and supplies
I’m an ardent believer that zombie preparation should never be taken lightly. However, with a suggested retail price of about $70, this zombie survival kit is a bit preemptive. You’re better off with some Disaster Recovery Training instead.
“Game of Thrones” sword replicas or any sword, period
I just started watching “Game of Thrones,” and as someone who’s seen “Star Wars” and “Lord of the Rings” over 10 times each, I’m enjoying it a lot. But, paying homage to your favorite new show by spending $50+ doesn’t really support the longevity of your technology career (especially since replicas are usually both dated and fictional).
It’s also worth mentioning that a Renaissance fair season pass could cost around $70 or even more, depending on how festive your get with your attire. In that case, if your passion is for larping as opposed to technology, then by all means go for the Two-Handed Great Sword.
TV show seasons on DVD that are streaming online
Whether its the latest season of “Game of Thrones,” that endless list of “Friends” episodes, our your favorite cult series from the ’90s, most of these shows are streaming online through Netflix or other services. A lot of older shows and films are available for free on Hulu and YouTube, so you can enjoy the classics without hurting your wallet.
So now that we’ve saved you all this money, what should you do with it?
Affordable learning on new technology
TrainSignal now offers unlimited access to all of the IT training courses in our library and everything we release in the future. With a subscription, you can literally watch every single one of our videos, and you can still watch the videos offline. And it’s only $49 a month!
Since launching our new website, it’s been great to hear how excited our customers are about the affordability of the subscription. If you want to build on your IT skills, sign up for a free 3-day trial today.
About the Author
Chris Magiet is a web editor for TrainSignal curating breaking IT news and serving up the latest free videos and tutorials on the blog. He’s an unashamed music junkie and if a coffee I.V. is ever invented, it’s probably safer that you don’t let him find out. Follow @thechriscore for cool news and stories, and happenings at TrainSignal HQ.
Author's Website: https://twitter.com/thechriscore
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