Despite all our best budgeting efforts, sometimes we're still left scratching our heads and asking the same question: Where did all my hard-earned money go? The truth is most of us are making some serious financial mistakes, and it has us all worried. In fact, a Bank of America study found 69% of Americans cite money as a top stressor. We all know how easy it is to get carried away and spend carelessly. Ever been to the grocery store without a list? Just a few things can quickly turn into an entire shopping cart.
So to help rein in your expenses without killing your social life, we highlighted a few common purchases we all spend too much money on, and how to curb them.
What are some creative ways you save money?
This story was originally published on June 13, 2016. Updated by Sacha Strebe.