Today at the store, I picked up some facial moisturizer knowing that in about 2 weeks or less I would run out. Now, the store is within 10-15mins from my home and I pass by it everyday on my way home. I remembered my Spending Fast and decided to put the jar down until I NEED IT! Out of habit, I buy before I need something so I have it on hand at home.
For some things like food that you can put in the pantry, having it on hand is a great option. I like having cleaning supplies on hand so I don’t have to worry about running out while I’m in the middle of my chores. And most of the time, I buy in bulk to save money…..however, I have what I need “on hand” right now AND with passing by that store everyday….I don’t have to worry about “making a trip” to it.
I’m realizing is that I have a habit of getting items before I really need them or too far in advance before using them again. Meaning I have an accumulation of stuff like hotel bath soaps, shampoos, toiletries, etc. that I’m not using.
AND HERE’S WHAT I’M GOING TO DO ABOUT IT:
- DONATE: There is a local charity called St. Vincent’s that I can donate extra toiletries (unused of course) for their charity programs. They also encourage no waste in the community by having the recipients bring their empty bottles to them and then they refill the bottles with shampoo, soap, etc.
- PERSONAL GOAL: In regards to what I want to keep, I’m going to have to make a new habit to not restock my supplies until I’m down to 10% of the product. I think Toilet Paper will be an exception to this rule 🙂