I was talking to my mom the other morning and she told me in all seriousness that she’s afraid she’s got a phobia of running out of something so I asked her what she was afraid of running out of and she told me “toilet paper.” I wasn’t sure if she was joking around or not so I stayed serious and I said “what?”
She said “I know it’s stupid but I’m afraid of running out.” I asked her “at what point, with how many rolls left does she start to panic” and she told me “18!”
OMG right??? I laughed but she was serious and I knew it after I laughed. I told her we’d see to it she always had an 18 pack on reserve for her so stop worrying. But inside I was really laughing. I mean really. She lives alone. How in the world do you run out? I can see if you have little kids and back in the day I was close but when you’re alone, you’re aware of your stash of whatever it is you’re afraid of running out of.
It did get me to thinking though and I shouldn’t laugh at someone for “stocking” up on things because I do it too with certain things. The difference is I don’t panic if I’m running low. If I buy a big quantity it’s just usually because you get a better buy if you buy those bigger packages.
I stock up on Ziploc bags, paper towels, light bulbs (I probably have enough for my lifetime), Clorox wipes, baby wipes, water, dog-cat food and treats. Many things like this. It also matter if I’ve gone to Sams Club too because if I do, those are some big quantities.
But I do have to admit that if I find a product I love, I’ll buy a couple every time I go to Walmart. Right now I have a Lypsyl Swedish Beeswax lip balm that I LOVE and I’m so afraid they’re going to take it off the market and I’ll bet I have 50 of them upstairs in a dark drawer. The things I do this with are usually toiletries of some kind. Powder foundations or deodorants because I’m so choosy and so is my skin so when I find something “I LOVE,” I do stock up.
Is there a difference in panicking when you’re running low on something virus ”stocking up?” Do you “stock up” or panic when running low on something?