Hi, my name is Ken, and I'm a ... saver?
William's point of "What business you want to be in?" really resonates with me. Saving things that you are never going to do something with because that job doesn't excite or please you (or takes time away from those that do excite you more) is problematic.
Mike's comment about "confirmation bias" is also real. The number of times that I have thought that "X
" is just the ticket for my project, and then *BINGO!*
" thing is there, on the curb, or at the transfer station, or being offered to me. This is a powerful "TOOL" and should be used carefully, especially when combined with owning a pickup truck. Seriously though, you CAN make yourself much more aware of "X
" in your environment if you think about "X
" just a little bit. You can also network the finding of "X
" by letting others know that "X
" is of interest to you.
Dan's comment (also William and Trace) about the "opportunity cost" of things, where you could save a trip to the store by having a stash at home to go to, and if you didn't have any
you almost certainly would need one... is true... to a point. It is also a slippery slope of going to the store and getting "a few extra" just in case... the rationale at the moment in the store is "If I run out or break one, I'll have to make a second trip anyways, so I can just come back and return the extras..." (or I only have the help, or fair weather today...)
but then you never do return them.
now you have a stash instead of cash.
The flip side of "opportunity cost" is the space lost
to your stashes of "handy even if I never use it" and "round-to-it" stuff. It can turn into: a workbench that is now only a shelf, scraping ice of your car parked out in front of the garage, and time lost
moving things in and out of your own way just to find other things that you were sure you had... going to the store to buy a duplicate of a lost thing.
All of this is very real for me at the moment.