A few weeks back, I did a whole-house cleanup, and cleared out a lot of clutter from closets and cabinets. I was surprised to find that I had purchased a lot of things that I did not need…yet. This meant that I had stocked up when I found a great price, only to find after as many as 6 years, that I had not used what I bought.
It’s kind of ironic that I bought these things to save money. I MIGHT need another pair of hiking boots in the next few years, but more likely, they will sit idle on the shelf. I might think of someone who would love to have this beautiful vase as a birthday gift.
Looking at the pile of things I am taking to donate, it is clear that these money-saving efforts were such a waste of money. Buying those pretzels marked 50% off is only a bargain if I eat them before they are stale. Giving the boots away is not a good use of money, but they are of no use to me, and they may be useful to someone else.
This year, I will only buy what I know I will use. This may be the best bargain ever.