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It may be convenient and handy to have a smartphone but you can certainly do without one, in fact it might even be something great to not have to answer to your phone and be constantly on call even after work hours. Instead of a smartphone, just a cellphone would be sufficient, not to mention cheap.
You could easily convert your current smartphone into having just a telephone plan and forego the data plan instead.
As for checking your emails or going on the internet, is there really a time when we aren’t in front of an easily accessible computer or laptop at work or at home?
I personally live without a smartphone and I have never found a compulsive need to check my emails until I am at work or at home in front of a laptop.
The best thing about not having a smartphone is that no one can contact you to change plans at the last minute on a whim (very annoying) and you aren’t expected to work after hours or reply within a minute of receiving an email.
If you’re considering ditching your smartphone, check out Gazelle. They buy used smartphones and you might be able to cash in with your phone.
You don’t really need an e-reader to read a book. Remember books? You know, things with a spine and paper pages? Well you could just as easily buy a book or go to a library and borrow one without needing to shell out a lot of money for a high-tech device which then requires you to purchase the books in an electronic format all over again.
Avocado Slicer / Pitter
Quite possibly one of the most useless kitchen gadgets around because you could just use a knife to run down the side of the avocado, split it open and then use the knife to take out the pit by hacking into it and twisting it out. It couldn’t be simpler.
This is definitely a contender for the most useless kitchen gadget you can purchase because you have to be truly lazy (and rich) to not want to spend the 15 seconds it takes to cut a banana into slices with a knife.
Again, nothing a knife couldn’t solve. It might even take more time to get the huller perfectly positioned on top of the strawberry than it would take to just use a paring knife to take out the hull!
A rice cooker is certainly convenient but with the whole idea of the inside being non-stick and Teflon-like, perhaps just cooking it in a pot over a stove is the way to go. It’s ridiculously easy to measure out the rice, the water, throw it into a pot, bring it to a boil and then either let it simmer on a low heat or turn it off completely to let the steam cook it in the pot much like in a rice cooker. It takes about the same amount of time to use a pot as it is to use a rice cooker, with only about 5 minutes of extra work involved and most of it is waiting for the rice to come to a boil.