Hi. My name is Tatted Mom, and I'm an Over Buyer.
It happens just about every time I go grocery shopping, and I know I can't be the only one who does it. I convince myself that we are out of something at the house and buy it, just to come home and find a full supply of it in the cabinet/fridge/closet/drawer.
Everyone does it, right? We all have that item or items that we over buy.
My frequent ones are butter and cheese. Every single time I go grocery shopping, I buy a pack of 4 sticks of butter. We've had upwards of 3 full packs of butter in the fridge at one time, because I was sure, while I was grocery shopping, that we were out of it. Bags of shredded cheese are the same way.
The other morning I grabbed the last 2 sandwich bags from the box in the drawer when making the kids' lunches. I put 'sandwich bags' on my shopping list, and bought a box of 100 at the grocery store that day. The next morning, I opened the drawer and found a box of 50 bags, opened, sitting right there. Not exactly sure when I bought them, but there they were. The sandwich bags thing was new, but the scenario was very deja vu for me.
I've also over bought jars of mayonnaise, mustard, peanut butter and jelly. It's the same scenario each time.
I'm walking through the grocery store, get to that aisle, and a huge blank washes over me. I'm staring at jars of peanut butter like the meaning of life is written on the label... in Japanese. Crap, do we have peanut butter? No, I don't think we do. I mean, there's a jar in the cupboard, but it's almost empty, right? Sure, yeah. We need peanut butter. (Into the cart it goes.) I get home, just to find yes, an almost empty jar of peanut butter in the cupboard... and a full, unopened jar behind it from the last time I went grocery shopping. Son of a... Kids, do you want apples and peanut butter as a snack... for the rest of the month???
I get it honestly, though. My mom was an over buyer, too, and I can remember, growing up, what her item was- turkey gravy.
So, that right there shows me that I'm not the only over buyer there is in the world. We all do it. Sometimes it's practical things like toilet paper, body wash, shampoo, dish washing or laundry detergent.
Sometimes it's turkey gravy, or shit that has an expiration date, like freaking butter.
One thing no woman seems to be an over buyer when it comes to, though? Tampons. Seriously, and it's Murphy's Law. Surprise! Period started, you go digging under the cabinet in the bathroom to find... an empty box of tampons. Happens every few months, too, guaranteed.
But it's okay, because we have 3 boxes of butter and 4 bags of shredded cheese in the fridge, 2 jars of peanut butter and 2 boxes of sandwich bags in the cabinet, right?
Sheesh. Tell me I'm not alone in this...