Hi! My name is Awesome Mom and I am a food hoarder.
As I was waiting for the checker to ring up all of my groceries today the checker asked me if the potato soup that I was buying was especially good. I was buying six cans after all. I was a bit startled at first but then told her that I used it in recipes.
The thing is that I don't even use it all that often. I will not even use one can of it this week. Why was I buying it then you may wonder. I love to stock up on items. If I use it on a regular basis, even on a semi regular basis I must have a large supply of that item. It is a compulsion. I hate running out of things and I hate having to buy items often.
This odd personality quirk stems from my LDS upbringing (either that or I am just truly odd). We are counseled to have a year supply of things on hand in case of emergency. That emergency could be an earthquake or it could be a sudden job loss. Either way we try and have an excess supply of items that we use on a regular basis on hand. My family does not have the room or the money for a full year supply of food just yet but I am slowly but surely working on it.
My food hoarding mentality is also a part of my frugal nature. If I see something on sale I will get a ton of whatever it is. That way the chances are greater that my supply will last until that item goes on sale again. Buying in bulk will also save you money because you are purchasing less packaging and more of the actual item. However if you don't use the item no matter how cheap it is you will not save money off of that purchase so think twice before you buy something. It does you no good if you buy five pounds of gummy bears and you don't even like gummy bears or get tired of them after the first pound.