Now, I will say, I LOVE free stuff as much as the next person. I mean, who doesn’t? However, I also know when to say when. I know that I do not need to accumulate 27 tubes of Colgate toothpaste — even if it is free! It can be a thin line between creating a stockpile and becoming a hoarder! LOL!
If you find that you are running out of space for the items you are getting, then you just might slowly be working you way towards becoming a hoarder. When I find I have a surplus of items, I immediately donate them. In this economy, there are so many families who need a little help and I figure if I didn’t pay for it (well, even if I DID pay for it), I can surely help them. So, I reduce what I have accumulated and give it to a shelter, food bank and/or other charity who can use it to help others.
For our family, keeping around 12 – 18 months worth of items seems to be a good limit. Right now, we have:
45 rolls of toilet paper
10 rolls of paper towels
3 bottles of body wash
5 bottles of shampoo for my husband
3 bottles of shampoo for me
6 tubes of toothpaste
4 bottles of deodorant
Now, that isn’t as much as many have, but it is what works for me — for right now. I have actually donated a few items because I know it is the right thing to do.
I also have honestly created this small stockpile since January 1 of this year. And, I can honestly say that I have probably paid less than $50.00 out of my own pocket for all of it. Yes – CVS is my wallet’s very best friend!
So, if you are stockpiling, you just want to watch it so that you don’t end up with that box of 82 different types of deodorant which your relatives will want to bury with you in 47 years!