Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Damn, I OB'ed Again...

Where did that box of sandwich bags come from? Damn it, I must have done it again...

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.

Every year at Thanksgiving, my mom was convinced that her gravy was going to fail. So, while stocking up at the grocery store for the big day, she'd always buy a jar or two of turkey gravy, just in case. And, every year, her homemade gravy came out amazingly, so, the jars of turkey gravy would get put back into the cabinet, and forgotten all about... for months... or possibly until the next Thanksgiving, when she'd again buy jars of turkey gravy. One year, my sister said she cleaned out the dark recesses of the pantry and found like 6 jars of turkey gravy. Yum.

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...

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  1. You're definitely not alone! My item is shredded cheese. Every time I go grocery shopping I become convinced that live as I know it will cease if I don't leave with at least three varieties of shredded cheese "just in case."

    My husband, on the other hand, over buys peanut butter like nobody's business. I kid you not, we've had five jars of peanut butter in our house before. Thank God we're down to two now... For the time being, at least.

  2. See, I don't know what it is about cheese and peanut butter... The manufacturers must put mind erasing crack in it, so we always crave it but never remember how much we have, lol.

  3. My items are rice, pasta sides, laundry detergent and canned veggies. You are definitely NOT alone. :)

  4. I'm not "allowed" to buy sponges or mustard. Hubs isn't "allowed" to buy wood. As for the butter and bags of cheese, they both freeze. ;-)

    1. LOL, my husband had to remind me of my non-buying items today before I went grocery shopping.

      And, thanks for the insight on the butter and cheese. I didn't know that. =)

  5. I actually over-bought tampons for a reason. I figured according to Murphy's law, if I had a lifetime supply, menopause would show up and I would no longer need them. Jesus, I was tired of needing those things. It took a long time, but finally I was right.

    1. LMAO that is amazing. I'm 31 now... Can I start buying tampons now to bring on menopause??? Might take a while... Damn...

  6. so know this feeling! I declutter my main food cupboard yesterday to find 5 unopened jars of honey! Granted two were gifts but 5???? And that's before I hit the months supply of dried pasta or the 9 tins of tuna!