People Are Finally Pointing Out How Everything In Life Is So Pointlessly Expensive, And It's Honestly Infuriating
Can we all collectively agree that simply being able to live shouldn't cost quite so much?
It's no secret that life's expensive — just ask those pesky rent, insurance, student loan, and credit card bills.
Most of the responses are straight-up jaw-dropping when you consider exactly how much we pay for life's necessities.
"My pay is spent before it's even in the bank," wrote u/Alanna83. "I can't begin to save. I don't spend on frivolous stuff either."
Here are 21 of some of the most infuriating (and honestly, kind of heartbreaking) expenses people frequently deal with that have no business being so costly:
1. By far the most popular response was housing, and TBH, I get it. In the past year alone, housing prices in the United States have increased by an average of 18%.
2. Other redditors pointed out that rent prices are just as dismal, sometimes even costing more than a mortgage.
3. Talk of medical care and expenses also dominated the thread.
4. Getting sick or injured will often leave you with thousands of dollars in medical bills.
5. Essential medical supplies like inhalers, insulin, and EpiPens can cost hundreds a month, which is especially messed up considering how relatively cheap they are to produce.
6. And even though health insurance technically is supposed to help you avoid paying so much in medical bills, it costs a pretty penny.
7. Not to mention that some medical expenses just can't be helped. A new pair of glasses can set you back hundreds...
8. ... and dental work can cost thousands.
9. Therapy and caring for your mental health can also take a toll on your bank account.
10. Saving up to afford a car is one thing, but you also have to consider gas, insurance, and maintenance.
11. And while public transit is in theory a great alternative, a lot of places don't have a system that's reliable enough to be truly effective, which can end up costing you in the end.
12. Getting a college or graduate degree (which, BTW, is a must for a lot of jobs), often means you're stuck paying off student loans for years after you graduate (thanks, interest rates!).
13. Buying groceries is often a huge hit to your bank account, especially when it comes to buying fresh produce for an entire family.
14. And if you ever have to deal with the legal system, prepare to pay up.
15. Don't even get me started on the Pink Tax, which essentially means that products for women are waaaay more expensive than those designed for men, even though they're basically the same exact thing.
16. Tampons, pads, and other period products are another monthly cost that people with periods have to deal with.
17. If you want to give your precious pet the best care possible, just be prepared when the bills are approximately the same as a human's medical bills.
18. Raising a child is beyond expensive, between supplies, childcare, and the medical costs associated with actually giving birth.
20. Even picking up a new hobby to enjoy in your free time can set you back at the bank.
21. And finally, even dying is expensive.
Any other life essentials that are outrageously expensive come to mind? Come vent about them in the comments!
Note: Some responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.