It seems to me that many viewers of these shows must see a blurred line between the two groups of people on display. I first began to consider this when I noticed many of the shoppers on Extreme Couponing made statements to the effect that they ARE NOT HOARDERS. Of course, many of those people who appear on Hoarders claim they ARE NOT hoarders either.
I've raised an eyebrow on more than one occasion while watching Extreme Couponing. Some of the stockpiles seem absolutely ridiculous to me. One episode had a single young man who lived alone. He had an entire wall full of feminine products. The phrase that caught my attention was "These have wings. I don't know what wings are, but they were free!" I'm not a fan of getting and keeping large quantities of items JUST because they were free. If you can use or donate them, that's great, but I'm not going to store two pallets of free cat treats in my spare bedroom when I don't even own a cat!
I'm not against stockpiling household supplies. I myself have amassed quite an extensive stockpile of different items we use. But there is the key word.....USE. I don't buy things we have no use for. I wanted to share some of my stockpile items with you all to illustrate that not all coupons, savvy savers, and stockpilers have a garage stacked full of potato chips, dish soap and tampons.
Here's a list of some of the essentials I currently have stockpiled:
59 - bottles / bars of body wash
32 - bottles of shampoo & conditioner
30 - skincare products
30 - razor cartridges
22 - boxes feminine products
20 - pain relievers
19 - boxes facial tissues
18 - rolls paper towels
16 - boxes / bottles cold & flu products
13 - packages antacid
13 - shaving creams
12 - toothpaste
9 - boxes of sleep aids
9 - tubes of lip balm
5 - bags cough drops
5 - boxes band-aids
5 - boxes dryer sheets
5 - bottles dish detergent
So......I've shown you mine. Can you show me yours?