by Maegan Fox
I like things to have a place they live around the house. Hate having to move things out of the way, struggle to locate where things have been put, or have boxes/stuff lying around everywhere. Quite normal right. Well, my husband is a hoarder, comes from a family of hoarders, and will be a hoarder until the day he dies. We have a system to get around this, I declutter stuff in the house (to his annoyance) and he clutters in his storeroom/garage (to my annoyance). Usually works well.
Well this week I have to bless his great heart for his pack rat mentality. See we live on a gravel road that needs grading, and we hit a pothole and a gravel chip the size of Lake Michigan got embedded in our SUV’s front tire, causing a very, very large unfixable hole. Now these tires cost hundreds, and we don't have hundreds. But, hubby kept the old tires we replaced, and one of them wasn't particularly worn, matched the existing tires, and will last for months. Saved by a packrat! Grrrr...
So this begs the question, who is more frugal? Is it the person who doesn't have to buy things twice as they know where they have put it, who doesn't waste time searching for things, who doesn't need more room to store more stuff? Or is it the person who can nip into the garage and find a whatsit that will perfectly fix the whatchamacallit instead of the proper part, which costs megabucks? Okay, he might win this time, but will he be able to find it?
Maegan Fox is a SAHM in New Zealand who has been interested in frugality from her early years. Currently working through a property disaster with over a million dollars of debt she has outlined her journey in her blog at overamillionorbust.blogspot.com.