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13 ways Americans throw away money

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It’s not all the fault of the bad economy that our net worth is plummeting. We Americans waste over half a trillion dollars each year on items we can do without or simply toss. Take, for instance, lottery tickets. Americans shell out $31 billion for lottery tickets even though the chances of winning are pretty slim. We also throw away $165 billion each year in food, yet spend $29 billion on candy.