Minor Mishaps: 30+ Mild Annoyances That Ruined Good Days

By Ayomitide F January 8, 2024

This article was originally published on therocketsscience

Have you ever noticed how some perfectly innocent things can unexpectedly get under your skin? Have you ever seen someone chomp into a KitKat bar in a way that defies all logic? Or witnessed the unholy sight of a pizza being sliced in the most bizarre fashion known to humankind? It’s almost like these everyday annoyances are tailor-made to make your forehead vein pop.

Well, hang on tight because we’ve just unearthed a treasure trove of these moments, and they’re about to make your day just a tad more exasperating. This dear subreddit has a self-explanatory name, ‘Mildly Annoying,’ boasting nearly three thousand members who share a common goal – venting about life’s little irritations. Hold your seats, people; we are about to dive into the most annoying pet peeves ever!

Spice Level Choice

You know what’s a real head-scratcher? We often encounter those four options: mild, medium, hot, and extremely hot. It’s like they threw them in a blender and hit the ‘mix’ button, and now we’re left wondering who the heck decided not to put them in a logical order. 

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Who designed this spicy rollercoaster, and what were they thinking? It’s like they said, “Hey, let’s keep ’em guessing! We’ll shuffle these heat levels like a deck of cards and see if anyone notices.” Well, guess what? We noticed, and it’s annoying, man!

Parking Lines

You know what really gets us? The varying lengths of these parking lines. It’s a secret code for chaos in the parking lot. It’s one of those everyday annoyances that sneak up on you when you’re just trying to grab a coffee or do a quick errand.

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We bet you’ve seen it too, cruising into a parking lot, thinking you’ve spotted the perfect spot, and then BAM! Those parking lines decide to play mind games. Some are short and sweet, while others stretch out like they’re training for a marathon. It’s a conspiracy to bump your parallel parking skills.


You know what’s really strange? That strip of glue on stuff, like envelopes or labels, always seems to come off in the weirdest, most frustrating way possible. They must do something about this. You’re all set to peel it off cleanly and then surprise!

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It decides to split in half, leaving you with this annoying little tag that won’t let go. Or maybe it’s one of those times when you’re trying to be all delicate about it, and the glue strip says, “Nah, I’m gonna shred into a zillion tiny pieces instead!” 

Some Tape

Do you ever have one of those days when you just wanted a simple piece of tape? You think it’s going to be a quick, painless affair – grab the roll, tear it off, and boom, you’re in business. But nope, they’re like, “Not so fast, buddy!”

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You start tugging on that tape, hoping for a clean break, but it clings on for dear life. It’s like the tape’s playing a cruel game of “Let’s see how much we can annoy this person today.” You pull harder, and what happens? It rips unevenly, leaving you with a jagged, frustrating mess.


So you wake up one fine morning, ready to tackle the day, and perhaps indulge in your favorite breakfast cereal. You saunter into the kitchen, all groggy-eyed, and swing open that cabinet. And there it is, your favorite bowl, just waiting to be filled with crispy goodness.

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Your favorite bowl, the one with you through countless mornings of cereal, soup, and ice cream escapades, has decided to take a new career path – that of a magician. It’s split itself right down the middle! That’s the kind of random stuff that could ruin a whole week.

The Can’t

You reach for that can of Coke with all the anticipation of a kid on Christmas morning. The fizz, coolness, and sweet taste are all within arm’s reach. But here’s where the plot thickens. You crack open that can, and instead of that satisfying hiss and that ‘aaaah’ moment, you’re met with resistance. 

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You push, pull, and twist—it’s like you’re locked in a battle of wits with this thing. You might even resort to using your teeth (we’ve all been there), but that can seems determined to keep its contents a well-guarded secret. Coca-Cola needs to do something about this; it is pissing us off!


So, you won’t believe the funny little hiccup Jane ran into the other day. She’s setting up an account online, and then she’s hit with the dreaded security question: “What’s the make of your car?” It seems such an easy step.

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So, she confidently typed in the car’s make: “Fiat.” Smooth, right? But then, the system’s like, “Whoa, buddy, we need a five-letter word, not your life story!” So there she sat, scratching her head, trying to come up with a five-letter version of “Fiat!”


It’s not just about heating up your meal; it’s about doing it right. You don’t stop a movie five minutes in and restart it later from where you left off, do you? No, you let it play out. The same goes for the microwave – once you hit ‘Start,’ you let it go the distance. 

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But here’s the kicker: some folks just can’t resist that urge to open the microwave door prematurely. Maybe it’s impatience or curiosity, but it’s like they’ve unleashed chaos in the kitchen. The timer’s frozen, your food’s left hanging, and you’re left with a cold, unsatisfied plate.

The Foil

Have you ever had one of those days where you just shake your head and wonder, “Why in the world did they do this?” Our buddy here recently had a ‘facepalm’ moment when the silver foil on a milk carton simply refused to cooperate. 

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Seriously, why would they do this to us, hardworking taxpayers? Obviously, we need seals to keep our beverages fresh and safe. But why does it have to be a battle every single time? What genius thought this was a good idea? 

Shelf it!

You see when we click that “Buy Now” button, we’re not just buying a product; we’re buying into a promise. And that promise is usually depicted in those glossy product photos that vendors proudly display. You know, the ones where the furniture looks different from what is delivered.

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But you know what’s even more annoying than the missing shelves? The vendors who won’t own up to it. They’ll throw in some fancy jargon, like “minimalist design” or “space-efficient,” as if trying to convince you that less is more, even when it’s not. 

Pan’s Labyrinth

Have you ever wondered about those mazes? Who in their right mind designs one with no way out? It’s like inviting someone over for a game night and then telling them there are no snacks. Defeats the purpose, doesn’t it?

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Imagine you’re in this maze, wandering around, getting lost, and maybe even feeling frustrated. But then, something clicks. You start noticing the details—the twists, turns, and patterns that initially seemed random. It’s like those ‘Aha!’ moments when you suddenly see the bigger picture – no way out!


Man, remember the good old days when fine artistry was the name of the game? We’ve all seen those grand old buildings with intricate details that could make your jaw drop. They were like pieces of art you could live in.

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But what’s the deal with letting those darn cables and wires invade these architectural marvels? Seriously, it’s like inviting chaos to a fine-dining restaurant! You’ve got this elegant, beautifully crafted building, and then BAM! Here come the cables, waltzing in without a care in the world.

The Cafe 

We all know cafes can be pretty relaxed places. You grab your cappuccino, find a cozy corner, and settle in for quality “me time.” But this time, things took a turn for the mildly annoying. Imagine you head over to the counter, ready to punch in the WiFi password, and what do you see? 

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Someone had taken it upon themselves to go all Indiana Jones on the sticker. Come on! We’re all about freedom of expression and personal style, but this? This was like witnessing a crime against caffeine lovers everywhere. Not even Sherlock Holmes could decipher this desecration!


Do you ever wonder why slow cooker temperature controls seem to have a mind of their own? It’s like they’re speaking their own cooking language, and most of the time, it’s just annoying. Your ingredients are ready, your recipe is on point, and you’re ready to set the temperature. 

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Then, you look at the control knob, and what do you see? High, Low, and Medium. Seriously? It’s like they’re trying to mess with us! Why do they have to make the temperature control feel like a riddle we’re supposed to solve?


Seriously, it was one of those moments that made you burst out laughing because, well, who really cares about perfectly aligned lights, right? Unless you’re the Michelangelo of interior aesthetics, it’s all in good fun. When you are at a cozy cafe, you should focus more on the menu than inspecting the lighting fixtures. 

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Don’t get us wrong; We’re all for appreciating the finer details in life. But sometimes, you just have to roll with it. Life’s too short to nitpick every little thing. It’s like having a picnic in a park and complaining that the grass blades aren’t the same shade of green.


We’ve all been there, haven’t we? You’re in the zone, whipping up some culinary magic in the kitchen, and then you see that sneering, pesky label at the bottom of your frying pan that refuses to budge no matter what you do.

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It’s not just the frustration of dealing with this culinary clingy ex but also the sheer absurdity of it. Who thought it was a brilliant idea to slap an adhesive label on the bottom of a frying pan in the first place? Did they think, “Hey, maybe someone will enjoy this!”?

Bird Nozzle

So it’s a fine day outside, another bright day for introspective gardening. You reach for your trusty garden hose, set to water those thirsty plants and give them the love they deserve to bloom. But wait, what’s this, staring at you?

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You find a splattering of bird poop on the garden hose nozzle. Classic! Some folks might raise an eyebrow or grumble about this unexpected avian ‘gift,’ but not you. Nope, you take a moment to appreciate the sheer randomness of it all and send a little nod of gratitude to the universe.

Porcelain Throne

Another classic case of “Who on earth thought this was a good idea?” You stroll into your favorite local brewery, ready to kick back, enjoy some craft brews, and soak in good vibes. But then, you’re hit with a sight that makes you double-take – the toilet situation.

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Now, a brewery that takes its hops and barley seriously would give the same TLC to its restroom facilities. Well, not this one. Somebody – and we’re talkin’ about a real bathroom renegade here – decided it was high time to replace the broken toilet seat with the most budget option they could find.

Murphy’s Law

Oh boy, let’s talk about the absolute worst cork material in the history of corks. This stuff is like the Murphy’s Law of wine stoppers—it can and will go wrong. You’ve got your glass, maybe some cheese or chocolates on the side, and you’re ready to unwind. 

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But there it is the dreaded moment when you attempt to open the bottle and realize that you’re dealing with what can only be described as a cork from the seventh circle of wine hell. It’s like it’s made of some magical, indestructible material that no corkscrew can penetrate.

The magic number

What’s the deal here? Is it a 7-Eleven, or did someone majorly mess up the sign? Now, let’s not kid ourselves; this isn’t a crisis on par with global warming or world hunger, but it’s one of those little quirks of life that can’t help but make you do a double-take. 

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You’d think slapping up a 7-Eleven sign would be as straightforward as reheating yesterday’s pizza in the microwave, right? Apparently not. It’s like they are playing some mind games and ended up with ‘712’ instead of ‘7-Eleven.’ Or it was a brilliant ploy to keep us guessing. We want to hope so!


It’s like they’ve decided to rebel against the laws of symmetry and geometry. You’ve got these wall tiles standing tall and proud, all in their perfectly aligned glory. And then, when you think you’ve got a handle on things, you look down, and the floor tiles are doing their best impression of a modern art masterpiece.

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And let’s not even get started on the chaos this misalignment causes. Trying to sweep or vacuum? Good luck with that because those renegade floor tiles are like little hurdles waiting to trip you up. Plus, it’s an OCD nightmare if you have a touch of that in you.

Shelf Knot

A woodworking tool shelf that’s held together by ropes; now that’s a new one! It’s the perfect example of the cobbler’s son needing shoes. Almost seems like they raided the local shipyard and decided to put together their shelf with whatever was lying around. 

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Instead of the sturdy, well-crafted, wooden masterpiece you’d expect, you’re met with ropes. Now, we’re all for creativity and thinking outside the box. But when it comes to holding up those precious woodworking tools that could quickly flatten a toe or two, there are way more reliable options than a piece of old twine. 


It’s funny how we often overlook the patterns around us until they suddenly jump out and slap us in the face. Take a moment to consider this: have you ever come across a pattern that makes your head spin? It’s like an optical illusion, and you can’t look away.

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There’s that one pattern that drives you up the wall. You know those childhood mini-games in hidden object games where you had to click on each tile to rotate it and complete the correct design? Well, this is like a real-life version of that puzzle. A duller kind!

The Vault

Oh boy, let’s talk about the epic saga of trying to open some packaging that rivals Fort Knox! The struggle to get to one little pill was enough to make you consider popping a Xanax, right? Such is the state of people’s mental health today.

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Seriously, why do they make it feel like you’re breaking into a top-secret vault just to access something you need? It’s like they’re turning us into modern-day treasure hunters. Don’t even start on the fact that there is only one pill in there.

Squared Up

Even though it’s not a perfect square, it’s still chocolate. Who’s going to complain about that? It’s like saying, “Hey, I ordered a square, but I got two rectangles. Oh well, more chocolate for me!” And honestly, we don’t think extra chocolate’s ever disappointed anyone.

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So, in the grand scheme of things, it’s okay that our chocolate isn’t always perfectly squared away. The imperfections make life more interesting. Plus, chocolate is chocolate, whether it’s square, rectangular, or even shaped like a dinosaur! Take a chill pill.


Oh, man, we can totally relate to that tissue struggle! You’ve got two options: delicately pull apart each tissue with both hands like you’re handling fine china or defusing a bomb. Or, you can try to yank out a single tissue and end up with a handful of tissue confetti. 

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Come on, people, tissue box, it’s not rocket science! It’s almost like an obstacle course; you must become an expert tissue wrangler. We just want one, not an impromptu ticker-tape parade in our living room! But no, manufacturers have other bizarre plans for us. 


Wow, it is surprising that anyone can keep cool with a headphone situation like that. It’s like a spaghetti monster decided to make a nest in his pocket. But here’s the kicker – he’s not even batting an eye, just rollin’ with it like it’s the most normal thing in the world.

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You have to wonder, what’s going on in his mind? Is he secretly a Zen master who’s achieved the highest level of headphone chaos acceptance? Or maybe he’s just given up on untangling them, and this is his life now – forever caught in the earphone labyrinth.


Our friendly neighborhood postman, the hero of this story, has decided to take matters into his own hands. Or should we say, he takes the envelope and does the unthinkable – he bends it. Yep, you read that right; our postman has absolutely no chill.

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We don’t know about you, but when you see a sign that says “Do not bend,” it means just that. You should be thinking: “Hey, I should probably, you know, not bend it.” But not our postman, no siree. He’s got his own set of rules.

More candy!

Do you know what’s a classic example of life’s little quirks? Candy on a stick that doesn’t have a hole for the stick. Of course, you could say it’s mildly annoying, but it’s more candy, right? So, who’s going to complain about that?

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Sure, it might mess up your lollipop-licking strategy, and you might have to hold onto that candy with your grubby fingers. But honestly, does it change the taste? No. Does it make it any less satisfying? Not one bit.

Wait, what?

So, our buddy here, let’s call him Steve (because why not?), pulls on his socks. No biggie, right? Well, here’s where the mild annoyance kicks in. In his half-asleep, pre-coffee state, Steve somehow mixes up his left sock with his right. 

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Yup, the left sock on the right foot and vice versa – a classic wardrobe malfunction. You might be asking, “Is this really a big deal?” You can’t help but think, “Can I be bothered to bend down and swap them?” It’s a legit dilemma.


So it’s a regular Friday night, the kind where you’re too lazy to cook, and the idea of dialing up that familiar pizza joint number feels just right. And you call up your favorite restaurant to place your usual order. 

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Extra cheese, a sprinkle of pepperoni, and that heavenly tomato sauce. Once you hear the doorbell, your taste buds go into overdrive. You give the delivery guy a hearty tip, and just as you’re about to settle into eating, this is what you get. Shebang!


You know, litterbugs can be a special kind of lazy. It’s one thing to forget your manners, but another thing entirely to think it’s wonderful to turn public property into your personal trash can. And here’s the kicker: these folks probably get a high from it. 

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Imagine someone sipping on their drink, cruising down the street, and then spotting that innocent little sign minding its business. They think, “Hey, this looks like the perfect spot for my half-empty soda.” We must do better, people, or we’ll have the environmentalists doomsday again.


Now, I know what you’re thinking. Why on earth would anyone want to put a hole in a delicious sourdough? Think about it: you take that round, doughy delight and carve out a little pocket right in the middle. It’s like creating a cozy nook for all your sandwich dreams to come true. 

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Feeling like some classic ham and cheese? Go for it. In the mood for a turkey and avocado combo? Why not? You can even turn it into a sweet treat by stuffing it with Nutella and bananas. The possibilities are as endless as your sandwich imagination.


Do you know what really grinds the gears sometimes? It’s when you’ve got this glue, right? It’s just a regular ol’ tube of adhesive. You’re all set to tackle that DIY project, feeling all handy and stuff, and then you realize… the tube cap lacks that handy-dandy puncture spike.

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It’s one of those little things in life that can be surprisingly annoying. You’re all set to get things done and hit this roadblock you didn’t see coming. And don’t get us started on the manufacturers. You’d think they’d have your back, right? But no, it’s like they’re in on some secret prank.

Books! Books! Books!

You know, there’s something oddly satisfying about a well-organized bookcase. But seriously, who gets a bookcase just to stack books haphazardly? Come on, they are meant to be a canvas for your literary masterpiece, reflecting your reading habits and personality. 

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So, they should be arranged with a certain finesse, right? But then, there are those who treat their bookshelves like a messy garage, where books are piled on top of each other, and you have to play literary archaeologist to find what you’re looking for. 

The Six!

When it comes to watches, there’s a whole world of details to dive into. From the intricate mechanisms inside to the sleek design outside, it’s a universe of horological wonders. But here’s the kicker: sometimes, the tiniest things catch your eye and make you go, “Wait a minute!”

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The 6! So, who cares if the 6s aren’t cut from the same cloth? At the end of the day, a watch’s primary job is to tell you the time, and it does that with style and precision. Whether it’s a curvy 6 or a minimalist 6, it’s all part of the watch’s character. 


This house that’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before. What’s the first thing that hits you? Those windows. Oh, boy, those windows. They weren’t installed; they were just kind of slapped on there. You’ve definitely seen some quirky architecture, but this one probably takes the cake. 

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It’s like the architect said, “You know what, forget fancy design software; I’m gonna unleash my creativity with Microsoft Word.” These windows aren’t even in a neat, orderly row. Nope, that would be too conventional. Instead, they’re scattered around like someone’s been playing architectural Tetris without knowing the rules.

The Classic

It’s a crisp, sunny morning, and you’ve decided to start your day with a leisurely walk. You’ve got your sneakers on, your playlist queued up, and you’re all set for some fresh air and a dose of Vitamin D. Life is good, right?

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As you stroll along, admiring the neighbor’s well-manicured lawn and mentally planning your weekend barbecue, you suddenly spot your Amazon package right on their doorstep. Yep, the very package you’d been eagerly waiting for. Madone, they just had to mess it up!


You’ve just cracked open a pack of Skittles. You’re thinking you’re in for a sweet, colorful candy adventure. But then, bam! You look inside, and guess what? It’s a green explosion in there. Yep, every single Skittle in the pack is, you guessed it, green.

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Now, don’t get us wrong, green is a cool color. It’s the color of fresh grass, money (which is always nice), and some pretty awesome fruits like apples. But here’s the deal – Skittles is supposed to be a rainbow of flavors and colors, not a lime fest!

Penny pen

Imagine visiting the corner store on the hunt for a shiny, brand-new pen that writes like a dream. And there it is, like a beacon of hope in the stationery aisle – a sleek, modern-looking pen that practically calls your name.

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So you grab it, throw it in the cart, and head to the checkout counter with a grin. You might feel like you just got a life upgrade until you get back home and whip it out for a test drive. And then, it turns out the pen was out of ink. What the hell!


Do you know what’s become a bit of a regular thing with Amazon? It’s the classic “food delivery test,” as we like to call it. So, picture this: you’re expecting your groceries or a hot pizza (or maybe both because who doesn’t love a combo deal?), and you’re all hyped up for that delicious moment. 

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You open the door, and it rests right beside your outward-opening door. Now, you have two choices – First, you can embrace it as an opportunity to showcase your lightning-fast reflexes and ninja-like grab skills. Or, you could do the good ol’ walk-around-the-house maneuver. The clock is ticking!

In reverse

Well, folks, we’ve got ourselves a real head-scratcher here. Imagine this: you stroll into your favorite store, all ready for a good old discount hunt, and what do you find? A price slash from $5.99 to $6.45. Yeah, you read that right; the price went up!

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We don’t know about you, but that sure sounds like some kind of reverse discount, doesn’t it? When we see a price drop, we’re all like, “Score! I’m saving money.” But in this case, it’s more like, “Wait a minute, did I just pay extra for…nothing?”


Let’s talk about a classic head-scratcher, a real “What the heck am I even looking at?” moment. This one’s so baffling; we might need to summon Sherlock Holmes himself to unravel the mystery. It’s like the universe decided to have a little fun at our expense. 

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One thing is you’re not the only one wondering what the heck it is that you are looking at. We are down there in the mud, too. And in moments like these, it’s perfectly okay to channel your inner sleuth and get scoping.

Airpods Pro Max+

Picture this, folks: a sunny day in the park, a guy grooving to his favorite tunes, and he’s got these tiny, white earbuds in his ears. Seems pretty ordinary. Well, not so fast. Someone walks up to this dude, puzzled, and asks, “Hey, man, why you sportin’ those fake AirPods?” 

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And the guy just calmly looks back and says, “Bro, that’s my hearing aid!” Talk about a ‘whoops’ moment. But you know what? He handled it like a champ, probably chuckled about it later, and kept on groovin’. Neat! We wouldn’t be so calm about it.


You’ve probably got more subscriptions than you can shake a stick at. Streaming services, magazines, that app you downloaded and forgot about, you name it. And they’re all stealthily siphoning money from your bank account every month. Enter Truebill, the ultimate subscription-canceling wizard.

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With Truebill in your corner, you can finally take back control of your financial life. Ceci over there canceled so many subscriptions that she saved over $500! Now, that’s some serious dough right back in her pocket, all thanks to Truebill. The funny thing is you have to subscribe to Truebill, too. Ironic, isn’t it?!