I can’t be the only one, who at one point looks around and thinks why in the fuck did I buy that, and that.. and that. I’m such a Stocker of “stuff”. I don’t mean clothes, shoes or other general materialistic things. Infact, I rarely buy new clothes as Im on a diet and refuse to.. err waste the money. I’m on about buying things like.. bleach. I’ve currently got like 5 bottles in the cupboard and I still bought more because it was on offer. There’s enough dog food should a zombie apocalypse occur they’d be fine. Around 25 fucking packs of frozen veg in my freezer. I have 3 laundry baskets. I dont even know why I have 3 laundry baskets but somehow I’ve ended up buying them. I’ve bought a shit ton of screws (yes.. the metal things) even though I genuinely never use them my brother does all that shit so the possibility of me getting through them is just not. I bought 3 boxes of sterile wound dressings in different sizes.
There’s so much stuff that I have.. that I don’t really particularly NEED. Having extra in is great, and a lifesaver when you’re skint but it’s a bit of a piss take at times. I’m 90% sure this whole “STOCK THE THINGS” attitude is due to when I was young, being a 17 year old mother to twins was very difficult, I ran out of things a lot, I had no money a lot. Their father didn’t help matters.. but hey the past is the past. So why do I still feel the need to buy things “just incase“.
Grocery shopping has to be the worst for me personally. I spend so much time every week wondering what I should cook for us for the next week then Meal planning said shit with mathematical precision on a fucking spreadsheet of all things, then buying said shit for my meal plan – then not actually using them & repeat & repeat.. until I have a chest freezer full of unused shit that’s not seen the light of day since I raked for the corn on the cobs at the bottom in 1995 OK a slight exaggeration I’d have been 4 then but still..
Question is, How do we get out the habit of buying shit we don’t need?
I’m at a bit of a loss. Just gone and done another big shop online for groceries and spent more than I probably should stocking up shit but it’s made me realise it’s kinda in my head..I don’t need it and I know I don’t need it. There’s no reason I couldn’t live of the shit in the freezer for a month at the very least. Also prefer when everything’s easy. It’s easier to look at a website online and order your groceries than it is to dig at the bottom of a freezer. That’s the bottom line. I’m pretty sure that’s why I don’t. I hold my hands up I’m a lazy bitch. So I’ve decided once the shopping comes tomorrow I am only going to get online orders for bulky items that I need a lot of – and only when I need them. (Pet food / water / Juice) Everything else I’m gunna haul my ass to the shop for. Instead of meal planning via looking at recipes – I’m going to meal plan via looking in my bloody freezer.
So to summarize.
Check what you’ve got
Having so much in my freezer that I can’t see what I already have is detrimental to my “Stop buying shit” plans, so naturally I’m going to check what I already have first.
We all love Tesco, right? But tesco e-mailing you their special offers is a bit of a pain in the arse if your plan is to not spend money. So I’m going to unsubscribe to these kinds of e-mails.
Buy what you need now
If laundry capsules are down to £2 and you already have a stockpile of 4 boxes do you really need them.. right now? No. There are always offers on. Unless it’s Buy two for a reduced rate (And genuinely saving you money for now) You really don’t need more than 2 at home at any given time.
Avoid. Avoid the sales?! I hear you gasp. Yes! A sale product doesn’t count unless you were going there with the intention to buy it anyway. Hooking you in with a reduced rate doesn’t mean you’ve saved money. It means you’ve spent money on a product that has a reduced price that you probably wouldn’t have bought anyway.