MY Pack Rat Tendencies Are Saving Me MoneyPosted: September 11, 2012
Remember how I’ve said a few times that I’m a pack rat? It’s come in handy a few times having these tendencies. For instance, I save my AT&T bills until the next month is paid for-this means I normally have two AT&T bills floating around my “desk” (my part of the kitchen table). But it saved me from having to pay $125ish (could have been $100 but I don’t remember the exact number) in a service fee that wasn’t mine. I had paid the actual service fee two cycles back. I still had that bill (was actually in the process of throwing it out when I looked) and was able to call (after much frustration) and get that reversed. Plus, they cut my bill in half for the next year.
The other thing it’s helped is with containers. I hate throwing out containers but at some point it is necessary so I give myself a week from the time it is emptied and cleaned to find some REAL (important word right there) use for it. Something that really has bothered me is the coffee containers (we buy a big Folgers one for about $10 at Wal-Mart every month) and what to do with them when they are empty. Currently I haven’t thrown out many-2 of them go into my cupboards to hold random snacks (which helps me to see just how low we are on things), 2 of them actually hold veggies that I don’t mind not being in the fridge and I use one of them as a cookie jar. It beats going to the store and buying a container when I’m already buying something that can be used as one once it’s emptied. Part of it is to have an excuse to be a pack rat and the other part is trying to save money wherever I can.
I’ve also used an empty container of kitty litter (after it was washed out) to store cat food. I’ve dropped the bags before in my 5:45 in the morning daze of feeding the hungry beast and made a huge mess. With it being in a container, I now just open up the top, scoop and don’t worry about it. It also holds the freshness for much longer—my cat is picky.
But I only have a week to find a use. Otherwise, knowing myself, I’ll put it in a closet and tell myself I’ll find a use for it “someday”. And then when I move, I’ll find all of these storage containers and have no clue as to why I have them. But will inevitably keep them “in case”. So I put a time limit on it and so far it’s working. I have some holding my change collection until I get it turned in.
Am I the only who does this? And by this I mean make excuses for pack rat tendencies? And as for saving me money, it does–just not a lot!