Some people (my husband included) might think that I like clutter, but keeping things that I may not need is a surefire way of saving money when I do need them later.
The key, of course, is actually being able to find the items you save. I know it's the antithesis of the organizing experts' credo of "purge, purge," but I kind of feel that until my children are older, I never really know what I'll need. Yes, I could just buy it when I do need it, but it would kill me to know that I once HAD the item I was now buying. One of the first arguments I had with my husband after we were married happened because he threw away all the packing peanuts that came with our wedding gifts, and then, three months later, I had to buy a big bag so I could ship something. (This was back when we would have to take our horse and buggy to the post office to mail something.)
In any case, I handed the stopwatch and whistle to my husband and he mentioned that we could use a sports strap for my youngest, who just started wearing glasses. I reminded him that we had one -- and I had given it to him to use in a race. He responded, "That was a YEAR ago! I'm sure I got rid of that ..."
A former state deputy attorney general and current stay-at-home mom, Recession Mama Michele Ashamalla has three kids and ten years of experience stretching one salary to cover the necessities and more. She's all about saving money whenever you can, so you have it to spend on whatever you want!