Monday, November 03, 2008

I'm A Saver

I confess. I'm a saver. Why is it so hard for me to get rid of things?

My boss asked me to look for whatever file cabinet receipts I'd saved, because he wanted to order some new ones. He was surprised when I pulled out one from 1989 and another from 1994. The guarantees had long since expired.

I suscribe to magazines, put them aside, forget to look at them, but vow that some day I will, especially the ones about writing. I print out stuff from e-mails and websites about promo or writing, but can't always find it when I need it.

My inbox is filled with unopened messages. The ones I have opened, I usually keep. I thought that's how most people did it, but then I learned that a lot of people delete their messages after they've read them. How strange.

The Sunday paper is always a challenge. Not so much the part with the news, since I barely glance at that. It's all the ads that I have to go through and decide if I feel like buying any of the products, or maybe keeping the ads to compare prices later for when I actually will do my buying.

I do have a bright pink clothlike container with a neat zipper and two brass handles on the side which I got from Kohls. That's my dumping ground for all my writing receipts to save for the IRS each year. It can hold a lot, but it's surprising how many receipts I accumulate to go in there.

My regular purchase receipts I put in a rubbermaid drawer thingee.

In a way I'm organized, but not really. It doesn't come naturally. How could it, when I'm a saver?

What about you? Are you a saver? Or not?


  1. Like my Mother -and Grandmother too -before me I am a "Saver." Actually, the term "Pack Rat" is more accurate. No, I don't save EVERYTHING although to look at my surroundings by my desk, one might think that. But I save fabric scraps from sewing projects cause they might come in handy some day in the next decade or so if I decide to try to implement the few skills I remember from watching my Grandmother piece together beautiful quilts. I save various and sundry other bits and pieces of my life too -way too numerous to list. But the one thing I don't seem to be able to save, the one thing that probably would do me more good if I did (or could) too -money!

  2. I was going to say pack rat too. LOL. But I love to hoard things myself. Never know when I am going to need them!

  3. That saving money part rings true. I wish I could save more.

    Morgan Mandel

  4. I move too often to be much of a saver, but I do have some tins full of fabric scrapes...not to mention all the file boxes full of stories, receipts and rejection letters. Oh, and some have contracts in them! ;)

  5. I am a slowly reforming packrat. I've had to get really organized because my job requires it and it's spilled over at home. I've learned one must get rid of some emails or being organized is impossible.

  6. I'm a little bit of both. I'm a pack rat, but I'm also a clutter-phobe. So if I can keep something without it becoming clutter, it stays. But if I don't need it, don't want it, haven't used it, won't use it again, it usually gets tossed or donated.

  7. I don't save much. There are times that I wish I had saved something, but they are so far and few between that I don't change how I do things.

    I change my clothes over in the spring for spring and summer and again in the fall for fall and winter. Anything I haven't worn in a year goes to Good Will. I donate books to the library and I donate home goods and old toys to our church's annual tag sale.

    I live with three pack rats, so I try to balance things out.


  8. I'm a packrat currently in recovery. FlyLady at has been helping me. :)


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