I had a problem in the past with purchasing too much of one kind of item. When this behavior goes unchecked for a long time, it’s called hoarding.
One thing I had a real problem with was buying journals and composition books. I counted them all up today and I have 21 composition books.
I bought these to write in because I like the style of them and they’re super cheap around back to school time (around 50 cents per book). But somewhere along the way I got obsessed and kept buying more and more books.
I was buying them to use for different purposes. One might be dedicated to story notes, another a journal, and another might be for garden notes. But how did I end up with 21 of them?!
I’m not a compulsive writer or into journaling, so I don’t need all of these. Later today the blank ones will be going to a thrift store, and someone else can use them.
Counting them and seeing them all in one stack though is an important lesson: Don’t buy something just because it’s cheap! Buy it because you need it or have a legitimate use in mind.