I had a bit of a panic attack the other day while I was cleaning my house. As I was rearranging the stockpile of food and supplies I’ve acquired over the past few months I froze in shock over the sheer volume of what I had acquired. Oh, my goodness, I thought in dismay, have I become a mindless consumer?
I’ve preached against mindless buying for ages so the thought was more than a bit disturbing. I tore through my house, evaluating all of the purchases I’ve made over the past year to discover the truth of my actions.
- Bathroom tissue
- Paper towels
- Pinalen (like Pine Sol, only cheaper and actually smells like pine)
- Odoban (the best disinfectant and deodorizer I have ever found)
- Shampoo (I don’t always use baking soda to wash my hair)
- Pet supplies
- Office supplies
- FoodfoodFOOD! My pantry is stocked and my chest freezer is full.
Those were my major acquisitions over the past year. Every single one of these items will get used in time. None of it will go bad before I use it.
I do need to curtail my spending on groceries but other than that I can breathe a sigh of relief. I’m not mindlessly consuming things, I’m doing the exact same thing I did for years before I started my hard-core minimalism experiment.
I’m stocking up.
The primary way I’ve managed to survive during the hard times of my life was by stockpiling the things we use when money allowed. Since we don’t switch brands or products frequently (if at all), we don’t have to worry about switching brands before our supplies run out.
Fortunately I’m nearing the end of my stock-up phase. That means I’ll be able to save even more money towards my goal of building my savings account.
Even better, by stockpiling items that we use when I find a really good deal I’ve saved several weeks’ worth of wages that I would have otherwise been forced to spend on these items.
For the record, however, I’m kinda glad that the stockup phase is almost finished. I’m tired of spending so much money.
Do you ever evaluate your purchases to see how you’re doing financially? Please share your stories in the comments below.