Monday, September 11, 2006

My addiction

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.


Thoroughly Mormon Millie said...

I'm one too - at least I'm turning into one. The other day we were at Albertson's and hubby found the 10 boxes of cereal for $10. Guess what we plunked $10 down on. The more food you have around, the better, and it doesn't have to be a disaster situation - even if money is just tight one month, that's one less thing you have to worry about.

chichimama said...

I do the same thing. It has been useful since we have had the two house situation, although I have eaten through much of our supply.

Your pantry actaully looks rather bare to me ;-)

Awesome Mom said...

Well that is not all of our stash lol We have more in our garage and more in shelves under the one that I took a picture of but that stuff is in boxes so that we can organize it and did not look very impressive when I took pictures of it.

chelle said...

I am so the same way. I like to have a stock. We have neither the space or the money to do it either, but I hate to go grab for something and we are out!!!