...whether I need it or not.
That's not really a bad thing, is it? I mean, why pay for something if you can get it for free? And why pass up something that's free, even if you don't need it right now? You might some day! That's my philosophy anyway.
I'm not nearly as bad as those 'extreme coupon' ladies you see on tv, but I do believe in stocking up on things like toothpaste, lotion, shampoo, free baby stuff, etc. - pretty much anything that I know we are going to use at some time. If I can get it for free or practically free by combining a sale and a coupon, and sometimes a rebate, then I have a hard time passing it up. I really hate the idea of running out of something and having to pay full price for it, and getting the stuff we need for free means that we have more money to spend on things we want. Can't argue with that!
And if I can get something I may never need for free - I have a hard time passing that up too. Except for now. Now I'm trying to stop accumulating more stuff and just use the stuff we have, so we'll have less stuff to move when the time comes. Of course trying is the operative word, because if they're going to give it to me...
I am continuing to collect free Kindle books and free Android Apps from Amazon - because those don't take up any space. I probably won't ever read or play the majority of them, but they're free. As for the rest, mostly I just stay away from the stores so I'm not tempted.