Over at Crystal's it is Frugal Friday! Today I don't have a specific tip as much as looking for some encouragement, advice or ??? I have read many articles, websites, books, and blogs on frugalness but I am still finding myself questioning my intentions and motives behind stockpiling and getting things for free or nearly free.
Above you see pictures of my pantry! If I took the time to take pictures of the shelf with all my health and beauty items and my upright freezer you would see that those areas look very similiar to my pantry. The areas are full!! Granted it isn't as organized or as full as here! But I have organized things the best I can for the space. So with those pictures in your mind, let me ask some questions. (Questions that I wrestle with almost on a daily basis!)
- How does one not go to the extreme of feeling greedy or being obsessive?
- When does one say that enough is enough and work at emptying the stockpile?
- While working at emptying the stockpile, one finds a good deal does one act upon the deal or just think that they do not need anything else or for that matter do not have room for anything else!?
- Should one be doing stockpiling of goods if the rest of the family(especially hubby) does not have the same desire or think it is necessary?
I thought I had pretty much figured all the ins and outs to being frugal. I have been working a little bit at a time putting them into practice over the last several months. However, I am finding myself in discussions(sometimes heated) with my hubby as to how much is too much. For example, he thinks that us having 30 boxes of cereal(at last count) is extreme! Is it extreme?! As a family of 7, we won't even eat that much in the 6 weeks!
The best reasons that I have come up with for the stockpile is "I got the item for free or nearly free." OR "I don't want us to have empty cupboards should we get blindsided with another unemployment." (we have had four periods of unemployment in our 12 years of marriage, two of which were longer than 6months and one of those two was over a year). OR "Its saving us money."(Actually, I have spent more in the first four months of this year than last year, however, I am attributing some of the difference due to rising costs.)
What are your thoughts, advice, or encouragement? How does one take all the information on frugalness, deals, living within your means, etc. and apply it to their lives in a reasonable and balanced way?
*looking for a nice calm discussion*
For actual advice, resources, tips, or ideas, head over to Frugal Fridays at Biblical Womanhood