Out of curiosity, I once watched several episodes of a show about extreme couponers. I was fascinated by the way they saved money, and I was impressed by the way they organized their stock of products.
However, I was also baffled by their store-like displays. How were they going to use 70+ boxes of pasta or 30 bottles of laundry soap all while buying more of what they already owned? (If you shop this way, I’d love your insights.)
Even if you aren’t caught up in the challenge of getting the most for the least, do you find that you buy items you don’t need because they're on sale? Are you squeezing boxes of pasta and rolls of toilet paper into all your available storage space?
Set some guidelines – for example, “when I have two boxes of pasta in my pantry, I’ll start checking for sales.” You're not forcing yourself to wait until you've run out, but you also know it’s okay to wait to make a purchase.
Susan, chief (and only) organized squirrel at A Less Cluttered Life, pursues learning, practicing, and sharing information about the everyday habits that can lead to living a better life.