Kind of heavy, eh? While I was brushing my teeth this morning, these thoughts popped in my mind. I am off today, thank goodness so I can relax and calm down a bit and really think about things ya know? Well back to the toothpaste....................I stockpile food and certain items like toothpaste. This stockpile creates an abundance plus I am very blessed to be able to stockpile in the first place. Many people can't. Well....................Does that abundance create waste? Let me wax............back in the day when I was first interested in frugal living, Amy Daczyn( can't spell her name) aka The Tightwad Gazette was just coming out. One of her principles was to see how low can you go without feeling the negative impact and toothpaste was one of her examples. Did I put on enough to cover the whole head of the toothbrush when 1/2 of that would suffice? As I looked at my brush I realized that yea........I am using more than I really need. Why is that? Is it because I have that stockpile? Once again......let me think here. If I truly lived on a very restricted budget and could only buy necessities and NOTHING else I think I would be much more careful with how I use my resources. If I knew that I had another week to go until I got paid and the tube of Crest was getting low and I didn't have another waiting in the wings, yea I would make that baby last as LONG as possible. You can use this example with all kinds of things like shampoo, lotion, water etc...........I read once where someone used only 1 bottle of dish detergent in an entire year? How in the world did they do that? Was it the size of the Grand Canyon? I mean my bottle Mrs. Meyers will not last an entire year even if I carefully measured what I use. You can only add so much water when you get to the end of it. LOL. So this brings me back to abundance and waste. I can sit back and feel very self righteous and complain about the wastefulness of society until that finger turns around and is pointed right at me. Point blank. Do I scrap the very last drop of mayo out of the jar? What about mustard, ketchup? I mean is it really worth it? Yes it is. Do I do this? No I don't well not most of the time.
Do I need to slow down of the stockpiling? Perhaps I do. Do I need to be more careful with my resources? Yep I do.
Do you routinely eat down your stockpile and not contribute to it until it reaches a critical low or continually add to it while at the same time eating it down?