From my perspective, I know that we will eat all 3 bags of croutons in the relatively near future. At 1/3 a bag each night in our salad, we go through croutons pretty darn fast. So I save myself from going down the crouton isle every shopping trip, debating which flavor to pick again, and from paying full price the next week when they're not on sale anymore! Right?
This "Just in time" accounting principle has been used in other situations as well. Primarily my crafting hobby when I see something I "know I will for sure use" sometime down the road. Or when I find a great game like Catch Phrase at a garage sale, and buy it even though we already have that game. This way, when our raucous game of Catch Phrase breaks that little machine (that by the way, gets whomped and thrown and pounded...) I will have another on hand :) (For $2 instead of $20 at Target).
Disclaimer: Please nobody call the show Hoarders and turn me in... I promise I have a plan for everything "extra" that I buy :)
Is Scott right? Should I stop buying things I don't immediately need? Where is the line? How do you know when to buy, or not to buy?