I ask this today because I’m trying to make sure I’m not showing hoarding tendencies. Because if hoarding tendencies are genetic, I think it’s something I have to be on the lookout for.
What Has Me Worried About Hoarding?
My preferred type of running shoes is no longer being produced by the manufacturer. I’ve been wearing this brand and style of shoes for the last two years, and it’s been the best (read: most injury free) two years of running in my life.
Back in November, I needed a new pair of shoes pretty urgently, but the local shoe stores (which I generally try to visit since they are great supporters of the running community around here) were out of stock on my favorite shoes! They wouldn’t be getting any more in that style. Here’s the gist of what happened:
- I tried another model by the same manufacturer, ignoring the fact that they felt a little tight in the toe box.
- Ended up with an injury (it’s probably a morton’s neuroma if you must know).
- To give the MN time to recover, I tried another pair of shoes (a pair of Brooks – thank you, Warren Buffett!), and they did have plenty of toe space for the MN to calm down…
- But they left everything else feeling strained – aching knees, strained arches, shin stress.
Ugh! Running is something I love, and it’s way less fun to do when you’re sore and limping after a PR.
I was starting to feel like Goldilocks. I had shoes that were too tight, too bulky, and just right. But the just right ones were disappearing from store shelves!
By some miracle, I found one last pair of my original shoes locally, and have been transitioning back to them for the past few weeks, which so far is going very well. No aches, pains, or bad MN flare ups. Yay!
So now I want to buy every pair of my original shoes that I can find in my size.
Am I crazy? Please don’t answer that. =)
Our Typical Stockpile Strategies
I like to think that PoP family stockpiling strategies are a happy medium where we have enough, but not too much (after all sometimes it makes sense to pay more).
- We’re not hoarders/preppers/extreme couponers who have an exteremly low cost per stockpiled unit but might waste a ton of stuff.
- But we’re also not like the “just in time” folks who get to the point where they need something so immediately that they can’t wait to get a good price.
For us, this means that I’m generally okay with buying a 2-4 month stockpile of stuff that I know will get used and won’t go bad. (Household items, non-perishable foods, etc.) That gives us room to buy the next batch of dish soap (or whatever) when sales (I like the BOGOs) overlap with good coupons.
A Year’s Worth of Shoes?
After the last couple of weeks being back in my original shoes (the ones that are being discontinued), my feet feel mostly normal again. Hallelujah! So even though this pair still has a good 300 or 400 or so miles left in them, I was feeling good enough about wearing them that I didn’t want to give it up. I looked online to see what I could find.
Jackpot! I found my faves online. In my size. On closeout. (Ya know, ’cause they’re being discontinued.) $70 instead of the usual $100 per pair. I put 4 in the online shopping cart and texted Mr. PoP.
Then I spent 30 more seconds googling hoping for a free shipping code. Found a 20% off code instead. Sweet! So $236.95 later (after shipping), I have 4 pair of shoes that I hope dearly will keep me running problem free for another 12 months.
Part of me wants to buy more. At $60/pair they really are a heck of a deal. But the other part of me says there’s no need to be a hoarder and I’m going to have to switch shoes eventually anyhow.
I Bought Time
I guess what it comes down to is that I feel like I just spent $236.95 to buy about a year to figure out my shoe situation on my own timeline. (If you saw my Costs of Running post, you saw I go through about 4 pair of running shoes per year with all my mileage.) Instead of feeling pressured to find new shoes in the height of the racing season (winter = racing season in FL!), I can take some time and try out different shoes without it being an urgent need. (Which is pretty much what started this mess in the first place!)
But I still need to make sure I figure it out, lest I end up in this same boat next year.
For runners – what would you have done? And for non-runners – what’s your stockpile strategy? Does it change depending on what it is you’re stockpiling?