The Water Cooler: What Do You Hate Spending Money On?

March 29, 2016 12:00 pm · 72 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it.

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon.

Today’s question….

What is one thing you absolutely hate spending money on?

Talk about it….

TinFoiler March 29, 2016 at 12:04 PM

Federal taxes which do not go towards infrastructure.
SMOG tests.

DNAC March 29, 2016 at 12:04 PM

I got an a$$ like a dolphin……..water tight

grah March 29, 2016 at 12:06 PM

Replacement items that I have empty covers for such as cds vinyl and dvds

Mr.Wonderful March 29, 2016 at 12:11 PM


dee March 29, 2016 at 12:12 PM

cable TV

TheGhetto March 29, 2016 at 12:19 PM

The basic necessities of life, bills, food, etc.

Fred March 29, 2016 at 12:20 PM

I had to pay $5 to pay a speeding ticket online.

JJ March 29, 2016 at 12:21 PM

“Convenience Fee”

Simonpure March 29, 2016 at 12:21 PM

BART Security/Police.

Mombo March 29, 2016 at 12:24 PM

Termite work! Yuk

Paul March 29, 2016 at 12:26 PM

prophylactics, i’ve gotten really good at reusing the same 3 though

TK March 29, 2016 at 12:27 PM

My pro-rata tax monies on illegal immigrants who steal from public resources.

T-Rex March 29, 2016 at 12:49 PM

City street parking. Bottled water. And taxes on used cars. Someone already paid the tax when they bought it new But I guess everything gets taxed multiple times over.

Bradley March 29, 2016 at 1:03 PM

Income tax. Illegal and unconstitutional. The proof is in the pudding, and there is no other conclusion to arrive at. Facts are facts.

Mickey D March 29, 2016 at 1:06 PM

Healthcare that anywhere else in the world would be free. College that anywhere else in the world would be free.

Silva March 29, 2016 at 1:08 PM

A while back I’d have said tampons. Now I don’t know.

traveler March 29, 2016 at 1:09 PM

The add on Hotel, motel taxes, also called resort taxes, and also any name cities can think of. I come to your city(anywhere), pay for a room, spend money for meals, buy gas, pay for entertainment and these cities tax me more just for being there. Grrr!


I hate paying for unreliable, stinky train rides and paying for parking at Concord BART while my car gets broken into.

I hate paying for anything that has to do with BART!

Anon24 March 29, 2016 at 1:14 PM

I hate grocery shopping. You can feel your bank account going down even before you enter the store.

Ugh March 29, 2016 at 1:18 PM

My mother-in-law!!

Strother Martin March 29, 2016 at 1:19 PM


Thunderdome March 29, 2016 at 1:23 PM


Bird lover March 29, 2016 at 1:35 PM

Parking meters, Wave (My cable company), gas for my car, repair bills that other hit and run drivers have done to my car, The grocery bills.

Dr. Jellyfinger March 29, 2016 at 1:38 PM

Hush Money/Blackmail
Paternity suits
Girl Scout Cookies (It was part of the legal settlement from that incident with the dog pulling the bath towel off me at the front door when they were selling cookies).

Mac March 29, 2016 at 1:40 PM

I don`t understand buying bottled water

Mary Fouts March 29, 2016 at 1:49 PM

@Silva: Hold on, you are indeed onto something. The new latest tax controversy in the great state of CA involves sales tax on tampons:

Sunny March 29, 2016 at 1:52 PM

Repairs to anything, but convenience fees are a close second!

@ Mac March 29, 2016 at 1:54 PM

Let me try and explain it to you….bottled water is water that comes in a bottle. You take a bottle of water off the shelf or out of the cooler, take it to the sales clerk and then pay for it. That process is called “buying bottled water.”

I will be glad to help with any of your future misunderstandings.

Gummibear March 29, 2016 at 1:54 PM

Gas, “convenience fees,” and tips that have already been included on dinners

thx4youropinion March 29, 2016 at 2:06 PM


Anon March 29, 2016 at 2:18 PM

Is there really a death tax?

Nature Lover March 29, 2016 at 3:05 PM

Cable TV… to find a better way rather than paying for a bunch of channels I don’t watch. I heard that Canada is now testing an a la carte option; you pay only for the channels you want to receive.

Juice March 29, 2016 at 3:09 PM

HOA fees -#1 most hated bill to pay. THE worst management co in PH; actually, worst co period. Multiple calls to get a response, say they took care of something, then wks later, say,”sorry, never did do that.” Everything takes months & months & months to take care of. With nearly every problem i’ve submitted over the years, after multiple calls, the end result is always the same -them asking if I will contact the vendors and take care of it. Total waste of $$$ for me to do their job, but only way it gets done.

Mika March 29, 2016 at 3:37 PM


DanMtz March 29, 2016 at 3:50 PM

I used to hate paying interest and finance charges on credit cards back when I carried a balance. These days, it’s taxes.

Amy March 29, 2016 at 3:58 PM


lizzie March 29, 2016 at 4:03 PM

COMCAST!!!!! I hate that I have to pay so much for basic cable and internet.

Concordejet March 29, 2016 at 4:24 PM

bratty children
unreliable services
crappy restaurants
First Class Flights

Carol the Crab March 29, 2016 at 4:30 PM

Parking water and toilet paper… talk about throwing your money down the toilet!

@ Mac March 29, 2016 at 4:32 PM

You must enjoy drinking viagra birth control pills and chlorine.
good luck!

SamSpec88 March 29, 2016 at 4:35 PM

Bag fee in grocery stores

Dr. Strangelove March 29, 2016 at 4:59 PM

Bullets….They’ve gotten very pricey…

Bacon March 29, 2016 at 5:02 PM

Taxes, any and all, Fed, State, Local, fees and dues. All mandatory by decree.

HOA is next. There is no reason for an HOA other than a few little people want what they perceive as power. In reality, they only make fools of themselves.

Water, sewer and power. Leave me alone, I can take care of myself.

There are things the government people need to be doing but instead they ignore the citizens and pursue their own agenda.

twilight March 29, 2016 at 5:03 PM

Taxes, especially federal and CA taxes. (Not all states have state income tax, you know.) Every dollar I have paid to the federal or CA governments has been immediately marked “play money”, and wasted, by the powers-that-be. O operates personally like a 15-year-old on a spending spree with dad’s credit card. (Only, we pay the card charges, while he parties.)

SickOfYou March 29, 2016 at 5:34 PM


Nick March 29, 2016 at 5:44 PM

Health care. When an illegal immigrant can come get free health care while the rest of us pay for it. Citizens should get free health care, and illegals should get a boot out of the country. Is it that hard for the USA to help our struggling citizens before helping illegals that take advantage of our system, oh wait then the politicians would lose votes from those same illegals.

Caskydiver March 29, 2016 at 5:47 PM

State taxes…cause we get little for it.


Peanut Gallery March 29, 2016 at 7:40 PM

section 8
Dirtbags in Prison

Dorothy March 29, 2016 at 7:47 PM

Hiden taxes that are called “fees” on my bills. The fact that I have pay a tax on a state refund of money that has already been over taxed already.

TinFoiler March 29, 2016 at 7:50 PM

13, How could I leave out used cars. What a Scam!

Atticus Thraxx March 29, 2016 at 8:06 PM

Hands down, second place ain’t even close….taxes. Taxes, taxes, taxes.

2bhappy2 March 29, 2016 at 9:01 PM

#18 I am with you on this BART problem, I mean this is a big problem!!! Last night, I pulled in the garage @ 9pm only to find 4 guys sitting in the corner smoking what I assume was crack. I tracked down the person who is never in the booth, and asked where are the police she didn’t respond. Asked again, only to be answered with a sarcastic “what you need them for” ? I told her what was going on and she rolled her eyes. I told her if anything happens to my car, I am holding her responsible. Just waved her hand at me like I was taking up her precious time (updateing Facebook no doubt). I am sick of this. There is always something wrong, be it the escalators,elevators, or the damn train. I also would love to know when, if ever, those cars we cram ourselves in, have been disinfected. ( look at the window seals where the pumped air is coming in ) For all the people who have had their cars broken into, or removal of catalytic converters etc, I think the time has come to start a CLASS ACTION SUIT. We are paying for parking after all, and I believe that should entail a reasonable amount of security. Just think, if the people won and bart had to start paying for their mistakes. That might bring the high and mighty down a few notches.

crazytech58 March 29, 2016 at 9:57 PM

Ink Cartridges, can never get over how a little plastic tub of ink can cost over 30 bucks

Grumpy Old Man March 29, 2016 at 10:50 PM

Insurance. I’ve been driving for over 50 years, too much money went down the drain for insurance which I’ve never used because I’ve never had an accident.
The same goes for home owners insurance, a total waste.
Insurance companies get rich and I get poorer.

It ain’t fair, I tell ya!

@ #53-crazytech58 March 29, 2016 at 10:56 PM

Buy a laser printer and save a lot of dough. The cartridges last a very long time. I bought my laser printer four years ago and haven’t had to replaced the cartridge yet.

Dogamatic March 29, 2016 at 10:58 PM

Property taxes are the Vampire that sucks blood.

Bird lover March 29, 2016 at 11:04 PM

BART is another expense that is really getting on my last nerve. BART needs to just close shop. I am tired of the corruption and incompetence!
I know there are very hard working folks there but the management is the problem. They need new ideas especially about the aging trains. Why did they not see this coming? My goodness even a person like myself can see that and I am no engineer or mechanic. Why such an important mode of transportation that takes so many people to work be in such disrepair? They could have foreseen all of the problems before they happened. Now it is too late.

old sage March 29, 2016 at 11:40 PM

Paying Walnut Creek for parking tickets

Sally March 30, 2016 at 12:16 AM

Anon #31, what some people call a “death tax” is more properly called an estate tax. If you are worth more than $5,000,000 when you die, your estate will have to pay an estate tax. If you are worth less than $5,000,000, then no tax is due.

Anon March 30, 2016 at 5:29 AM

Dirt, concrete, tires, taxes, taxes and more taxes.

When we put in our pool several years ago, we paid to have dirt hauled away and then had to pay to bring more in to landscape. Concrete was another ridiculously overpriced purchase. Lastly, the GOV taxes us upon taxes, upon taxes.

Silva March 30, 2016 at 7:59 AM

Okay, I have it now: Medicine and dental work!

Silva March 30, 2016 at 8:01 AM

crazytech58 #58, Costco will refill them for 10 bucks! Good as new.

Silva March 30, 2016 at 8:02 AM

Whoops! That should’ve been for crazytech58 #53. Sorry.

Mac March 30, 2016 at 9:14 AM

No thanks # 28….I`ll use the hose

Mac March 30, 2016 at 9:15 AM

# 40….does that come out of my hose ?

Paladin March 30, 2016 at 9:19 AM

California Vehicle Registration, where the state taxes you on their assessment of the current value of your vehicle for the privilege to use the horrible roads in California. In essence we get taxed every year for a purchase we have already made. If you go to Oregon your Vehicle Registration, which is a purely administrative fee, is $50.00 for 2 years.

Silva March 30, 2016 at 10:59 AM

I’m with Mac, I never trusted the plastic bottles the bottled water comes in. I want my EBMUD though.

The Mamba March 30, 2016 at 12:26 PM

Cable and PGE are unbelievable to me.

smylingjay March 30, 2016 at 2:50 PM

– Kitty litter
– HOA dues
– Comcast (increases all the time)
– PG&E (rates are ridiculously high; tiers 2+ are a scam)
– AT&T DSL and home phone (hasn’t worked well in 5 years despite repeated service visits)
– BART (rampant misallocation of funds)
– 50% tax on work bonuses (unfair, opportunistic taxation)

Fil March 30, 2016 at 3:18 PM

What bugs the hell out of me is $.35 charge that they charge me at some gas station to use my debit card that burns my ass

Dr. Jellyfinger March 31, 2016 at 9:35 AM

@ 54 ~ Go out and have an accident. That’ll show ’em!

AFSCME Guy March 31, 2016 at 11:02 AM

I hate spending money on union dues that go to support political candidates that I oppose. All the union cares about is which candidate will pander to them. They’re not concerned with any other issues.

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