Thought I'd share a sobering experience regarding stocking up when items go on sale. It's how I was raised - when Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix goes on sale 5 for a $1, you buy 25 boxes since eventually you'll use it, right, and you may not see it at that price again for a while! Well, last week we just made a major move from one city to another, and I can't tell you how heartbroken I was at the stuff I had to throw out and/or give away as a result of my "stock up" ways! First of all, the movers wouldn't move liquids, flammables,or household chemicals, so all of that laundry detergent, shampoo, dishwashing liquid, window cleaner, etc. that I had stocked up on - mostly given away to friends. Even I couldn't believe how many bottles of household cleaners and shampoo I had (although my husband only raised an "I told you so" eyebrow a time or two)! Plus - I was heartbroken at how many food items had to go into the trash as a result of exceeded expiration dates (salad dressings, spaghetti sauce, etc.). All in all, I'm sure I threw or gave away several hundred dollars worth of food and household supplies simply because I had too much on my shelves - and the household supplies were also something of a pain to dispose of since I try to be environmentally conscious about such things. All in all, I'll be thinking twice about stocking up as a result of sales in the future! -Blue
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