I am intrigued. I read various posts from Facebook groups, blogs and various forums on the internet and am constantly amazed by some of the questions posed and resultant discussions.
There are many questions about saving money and bargains to be had. But is it really a bargain if you did not intend to buy it and more so if you have no idea of what you are going to do with it? An example is, “Help, I bought a box of bananas for $5, what can I do with them?” Invariably, there are lots of useful responses and I sincerely hope that the person manages to use them wisely and does not end up wasting their money.
It is even more odd when I read, “What else can I use shampoo for? I have 4 bottles in the cupboard.” I am tempted to reply with, “Use it to wash your hair”. It seems that people stock up on an item and then want to use it up as quickly as possible. I want to make things last as long as possible.
I think too many people are seduced by the crowd – shop for a bargain, stockpile, use it up, downsize, declutter. Whatever the catchcry of the day, they seem to feel the need to jump on the bandwagon. It is no wonder they feel confused.
My advice is to think independently, decide what works for you, make your own choices, forge your own path and don’t be sucked in by the crowd.
The only things I buy are what I know I will use. I buy larger quantities of items where I have to travel some distance or out of my way simply to avoid having to do that every week. I have enough food to feed us for weeks, or in some cases, months. Fruit and vegetables are bought locally each week so I try to buy only what I need in an effort to eliminate any waste. If there is cheap produce, I will buy it if I have the time and skills to prepare and store it.
What is your experience? Do you stockpile or keep the bare minimum? Have you changed your shopping habits/philosophy over time?