Ever see the show “Doomsday Preppers” on the National Geographic Channel? These people are cray cray. We once watched a lady hollow out her bedroom door to hide fruit roll-ups and Lipton soups in there for when the apocolypse hits and she needs food. But her husband doesn’t like her ‘prepping’ so she has to hide her items in inconspicuous places (like her bedroom door, duh) while he’s gone during the day. Highly recommend checking out an episode or two. It’s fascinating.
Well recently I decided I might have a little Doomsday in me, and I can’t decide how I feel about it. Exhibit 1: picture above of my chapstick stockpile. I am obsessed with this one kind of chapstick (The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Lip Care Stick – it’s non-scented and the absolute perfect mix of being thick enough to actually do something and have staying power, but thin enough that you don’t really notice that it’s there), and have been using it for 11 years. That’s not a joke. I know this because I can recall the first time I used it, and it was during college winter break in 2001 when I was visiting my best friend L at her grandparent’s house in Florida and her mom was using it (also a chapstick connoissuer) and I had to borrow it because I had sunburnt lips. It used to be 2 sticks for $3. I’m not even going to tell you what I pay for it now because it’s crazytown and embarrassing. But I HAVE to have my chapstick with me. I’m one of those people. You should have heard me a few weeks ago at AC’s wedding, I had forgotten my chapstick and was freaking out. MKY even snapped at me to chill out once (maybe twice) which doesn’t usually happen unless I’m being particularly annoying.
Why am I telling you this? Good question. I recently ran out of the stash B got me for Christmas (5 sticks didn’t get me that far!), and decided that rather than running out at lunch and buying the usual 2 to hold me over for a month or so, I was going to seriously stock up. I’d never bought them online but I thought I’d give it a try – well, jackpot find on my part. The Body Shop has all these discounts only available online! Like a buy one get one half off, a three for price of two AND free shipping over $50 (I told you, it’s embarrassing how much I pay for these chapsticks). I started adding some to my cart and doing the math on the side and discovered I could get 9 chapsticks for the price of 6 and get free shipping. Score. I didn’t have to even leave my seat AND I got them for less than what I would normally pay. Success!
So the moral of this story is that stockpiling sometimes has it’s advantages. And just because you have 9 chapsticks in your nightstand drawer (which you may have noticed in the shot above is still nicely organized with my DIY drawer dividers) doesn’t mean you’re in the same category with the Doomsers (although B will probably disagree). So General Rule of Thumb: if it saves you time and/or money to buy in bulk and stock up AND you have the space for the items, go ahead and take stock. If your loot is going to clutter your home or completely take over your drawers/closets/rooms, then it may not be worth it. Always think before you stock.
PS – you can catch a glimpse of our new duvet cover in the shot above. Still not sure how I feel about it. It’s close to the one I was coveting here, but a little darker and busier. I’m thinking of ways to chill it out a bit. I’ll let you know what I come up with.
PPS – those squishy blue things in the shot above are ear plugs. B snores like he’s sawing logs.