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So many times a stockpiler will hear the word “hoarder” thrown at them and I wanted to address something. Yes, we have a stockpiling series here on AIC and even a post describing hoarding vs stockpiling, but a lot of you come to me and you ask me the same question:
Where do you draw the line?
For me, I don’t stockpile to stockpile. I stock because I have been through more than my fair share of times in life where there wasn’t enough. I can remember paying for diapers ALL in pennies and going without tp for a week because there just wasn’t enough money to cover it. I was homeless for 10 months in a place where you practically had to beg for anything out of their donation closet (although I am and will always be grateful for that place) and I can remember a point in time where I literally went 3 years w/out a spare razor, stick of deodorant and more.
I stockpile for security. In today’s day and age, emergencies pop up with no warning whatsoever and a lot of the time we’re caught unprepared and scrambling to fix things. Whether it be a weather emergency, the illness or death of a loved one or loss of income, we can really take a hit in our lives. I have a very unstable income. One month I may make enough to cover the bills and more and the next I may be lucky to break $500 for the MONTH. I stockpile for this reason. If something happens, if my income drops, if the weather turns horrid..or yes, if the Zombie Apocalypse starts (lol), I’m ready and I’m prepared. I know that no matter what happens, my family will be fed and clean.
I personally stock for a year. I figure if things haven’t gotten better in a year? They likely aren’t going to very easily. For some a year seems excessive…for others, it’s not enough.
That’s the kicker:
The answer to the question? When it is too much?
Only YOU can answer that.
If you’re worried you’re hoarding, you might just be. If you’re worried you don’t have enough, you might not. Each and every one of us has our own limits and our own “too much” line.
If you’re new to couponing and stockpiling, it may take a bit for you to figure your line out. Keep plugging away though. You’ll get it soon enough. If you end up with too much? You can always donate.