28 Things I’m Sorry My Parents Wasted Their Money On In The 90s & 2000s

Of course there were a lot of things our parents didn’t waste money on in the 90s and 2000s. Some of those things being: iPods, Tamagotchis, Game Boys, Dance Dance Revolution and anything related to the Wii – all of this promoted activity, Skip Its (these also promoted activity – and weight loss), Harry Potter stuff (#learning), The O.C. series on DVD (I still own and used this for many years – money not wasted), and ALMOST any book and DVD. Entertainment good, expensive useless stuff bad.

Now that I am an almost-adult, or maybe I am actually an adult, idk, I am actually sorry my parents spent so much money on stupid things for me during my youth. Like I actually feel bad.

Please let this article serve as an apology for all the stupid stuff our parents spent their money on in the 90s and 2000s. Here are 28 things that were a totalllllll waste of money, but we NEEDED to have anyway.


1. Expensive tank tops that looked exactly like inexpensive tank tops – they were just branded with a logo in small print somewhere.


This was fashion. THIS WAS FASHION.


2. Juicy couture nightmare sweatsuits.



3. Beanie babies.


Especially Princess Diana. She was SO. EXPENSIVE. And what did I get from having her stored in a glass box on my desk in my bedroom? Nothing. NOTHING. There was no Snapchat, no Instagram. Literally no one knew I had her, except me. What was the point?


4. Abercrombie and Fitch jeans.


Especially the jeans that had writing on them. Those were more expensive. I am so sorry.


5. All those graphic t’s from Hollister.



6. Tight polos that didn’t fit from Lacoste, Abercrombie, Polo, wherever.



7. Victoria’s Secret underwear.


It’s not like anyone was seeing my fucking underwear.


8. Skirts and shorts too short to be worn to school.



9. Those Bebe logo shirts.



10. French Connection shirts, because it was funny that it was FCUK, which was like fuck but not.


This did not look like this on me – surprise!


11. Britney Spears’ perfume that she totally made with her bare hands, right?



12. Von Dutch hats.



13. That clear phone with the exposed wiring for when you *finally* got a phone in your room.



14. Inflatable furniture.




15. All of the fucking weird ass outfits and accessories for American Girl Dolls.


I think my mom actually liked dressing the dolls more than me, so maybe this wasn’t wasting money for her, idk.


16. Furbies.


Straight up waste of money, unlike tamagotchis. Why, you ask? Because at least a Tamagotchi had a purpose. You had to keep it alive. Furbies were just weird and taught us nothing except how easy it was to convince our parents to waste their money on us. They were also plotting our death literally the whole time. Just look at them.


17. A subscription to Nickelodeon magazine.


#tbt to the Angry Beavers being new.


18. Zebra highlights.


Getting your hair colored is expensive. This ‘do should have been negative dollars.


19. Straighteners, even though my hair was already straight.



20. Lava lamps.



21. All of the replaced digital cameras because they kept getting lost or broken.


22. Ugly and/or trendy designer bags.


Kim Kardashian was a walking and talking waste of money in the 2000s. That tan. that basic white tank top. That juicy suit. Takashi Murakami Louis Vuitton bag. That other bag. At least she looked good. I did not pull off this look very well.

ANYWAY – This Louis bag, Dooney and Bourke bags, Coach bags, all covered in logos, all make me want to vomit. When my parents were willing to spend money on me, couldn’t I have opted for a timeless, classic bag that I’d want to wear now?! Why why whyyyyyyyy.


23. The Simple Life series on DVDs.


Most other DVDs were not a waste of money because Netflix didn’t exist and we had to be entertained. But if you paid money to own this on DVD, you wasted your money. Seriously.


24. Razr phones and the *hottest* Nextels.


A cheap phone would have been fine, I guess.


25. Tiffany’s jewelry.



26. These Steve Madden shoes.



27. Ugly boots – I mean Ugg boots, and I’m sorry if you’re still wearing them.

Hayden Panettiere


28. Even worse – Yeti boots.


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  1. Love this list. But I’ll never stop wearing ugg boots. Well, at least not until they invent some other kind of footwear that feels like a slipper and is socially acceptable in public settings.

    1. Oh also, I had no idea ugg boots weren’t cool any more until I was wearing them the other day and Brendan says to me “aren’t ugg boots out of style now?”. Yeah, embarrassing. When not living on a college campus I have no idea what to wear apparently.

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