Things we don't need to buy?
People buy a lot of things because they think they need them, but there are lots of things we don't actually need. We can do the exact same thing without them, or with something much cheaper and longer lasting. I was thinking about this when I mentioned in another topic that I quit buying toilet cleaner because other products do the same thing just as well and last much longer.
As another example, a few months ago I accidentally ran out of shaving gel, so tried shaving with an ordinary bar of cheap bath soap that I had. I found a shaving brush and made some lather. I was expecting it to be less than ideal, but instead it worked perfectly. I've been using ordinary soap since then without any problems, and I expect to never buy another can of expensive gel or foam again.
I also mentioned in another topic that I don't use my telephone provider's answerphone service, the 3.99 a month is almost Â£50 a year. I bought my own answerphone for much less than that and I expect it to last for years.
I'm now wondering what products/services other people have realised they don't actually need? Things that can be substituted with much cheaper and longer lasting things?