August 14, 2008

Personality Test #4

(I don't know what the answers to any of these MEAN. They just seem like they mean SOMETHING.)


My mom and I each got a free sample of one of those incredibly expensive little Philosophy face serum pods. My mom used hers at the next possible opportunity. I still have mine (it's been a month), saving it for a special occasion.

Do you use special stuff right away, or do you hoard it? If you hoard, do you hoard until it's no longer special, or do you just hoard until the next good opportunity?

49 comments:

-R- said...

I would use it right away. Otherwise I would forget about it and never use it.

d e v a n said...

Depends. Sometimes I use it right away.
If it's something to enhance appearance or something, I'd probably save it for a special occassion in the near future. If I had it more than a month I'd probably just use it.

Emblita said...

Again... depends on what it is...
footscrub? I have it wait
Creams/facial scrubs etc I try right away!

Mandy said...

I save it for a special need-a-pick me up day, I actually have a little basket of expensive product freebie samples in my bathroom for those kind of days!

The Frog said...

I'd use it right away. But not the whole thing. I have a million bottles of things with just a little bit of product left - enough to warrant going to the store and buying a new thing to do the same thing with; use until it's just *almost* gone.

Caitlin said...

I have had to talk myself out of hoarding, ever since I got one of those stupid (but sort of nonetheless TRUE) chain emails all about taking advantage of life, that had a line in it like "i should have use the candle shaped like a rose before it melted in storage". I understand the desire to hang on to something 'special' but i figure my options are use it, or lose it. so....use it.

Anonymous said...

OH MAN! I have to agree with caitlin. I have to talk myself out of hoarding, but for a different reason. When I was little I got an Easy-Bake Oven. I was soo excited but didn't want to waste the special treats it came with. In the end it was sold in a garage sale only having been used ONE SINGLE TIME. Oh the heartbreak.

... oddly enough, however, I made plenty of pretend desserts in it.

- Hannah

Melissa said...

I save things for special occasions. I dont like to waste things right away. But then I usually forget that I have things and then its a waste!!

Erica said...

I use stuff right away. I'm usually to excited to hoard it.

Elizabeth said...

I'm a hoarder.

Simply AnonyMom said...

Well, if I get it from the survey place I need to use it in a short period of time so I can answer their questionare afterwards.

If I get it for anyother way, I hoard it. I use it when I have a moment to enjoy it withou interruption.

Cherish said...

I wait for that special occasion...

Bird said...

I'm one who is sometimes guilty of hoarding things until they are no longer special. I'm working on it though!

Jess said...

I hoard it. Even if I know it's going to expire.

Mimi said...

I hoard, then forget about it, then it's no longer special. Poo.

anatomist said...

i hoard. until i forget about it. and then i purge all the things i don't use and give them to my friends and they use them right away and love them and then i feel like an idiot.

Fiona Picklebottom said...

Depends on what it is. Usually, though, if I do save it, it ends up never being used. So I guess I should stop saving.

Maggie said...

It depends. I used to be a major hoarder -- I wanted to save things for something 'special'. But then I started to wonder why I couldn't do something that made me feel special whenever I needed a little pick-me-up. So I use things a lot faster than I used to, but I still tend to save them for a bit.

Lawyerish said...

I'm in the middle. I don't hoard for the sake of hoarding, but if I already have a non-special version of whatever it is, I make myself use that up before I can use the special one. I'm like that about everything, though, even in non-special circumstances -- like I have to use up the shampoo that's already open before I can turn to the next one. Because to do otherwise would open the door to ANARCHY.

Omaha Mama said...

My instinct is to hoard such things. I have tried to fight that lately and live in the moment, enjoying said samples asap.

Bea said...

If I hoard it, it never gets used. Much like all the fancy candlesticks and serving dishes that I'm busy moving into the new house right now (8 days before we move).

Shelly Overlook said...

Save it for special occasions, then end up with a drawer full of little samples waiting to be used. Then get disgusted with clutter and end up throwing them all away. Repeat process.

Astarte said...

Hmmm.... I think I usually use things, unless they were gifts, in which case I save them. Weird.

Erin said...

I hoard until I forget about it, it goes bad, and needs to be thrown away. What a waste.

Kristi said...

I'm a use it right away type of girl. Can't stand the waiting!!

Amber said...

I often just hang on to them until I'm sick of junk around and throw them out, or hoard them until a good occasion. Unless I'm in the mood to use things up, or if it involves chocolate. Anything chocolate disappears immediately.

squandra said...

It really just depends on when I want to use it. So, I guess I'm a "NOT until it's no longer special"-type hoarder ... With a sometimes very brief/non-existent hoarding period! :)

SLynnRo said...

Total hoarder. I have a drawer full of shit like taht.

Jeninacide said...

I use immediately. Especially if it's PHILOSOPHY.

Jenny said...

Unfortunately I hoard. I too have received the sad chain mail type thing, only the one I read was about a woman who died young who never wore her silk nightgown because she was saving it for a special occasion . . . that never came. I tried to remember to think EVERY day is a special occasion, but yet I have drawers full of samples from years ago.

Wow. I just depressed myself.

Michelle said...

I hoard. Thus the giant paper bag FULL of candy on the kitchen counter that only grows more full every birthday party and parade we go to. And then I don't want it anymore or its gone bad and I toss it.

And btw I SO read that as Pillsbury face serum pods vs Philosophy. What's wrong with me?

clueless but hopeful mama said...

If it's a small container, perfect for travel, I hoard (and probably forget about it). If it's a reasonably big container I go to it right away.

houndrat said...

I'm all about the hoardage. Which is probably why my house looks like it does.

Mental note--must start using samples when first given.

Steph the WonderWorrier said...

I get excited to try things right away. I can be a bit of a pack rat in SOME ways... but when I have a new product, I just can't wait to try it!

And sometimes I get frustrated if I buy or receive two special things in the same category (like, two lipsticks or two facecreams)... because then I can't necessarily try them both right away!

This also goes hand-in-hand with this little weird trait of mine -- I'm totally obsessed with Brand!New!Stuff! . I love the first time I run my fingers into the tub of Noxema facewash and make that split down the centre. I love the perfection of a new lip gloss stick. I just can't wait to give it a go, because I just really excited about the freshness of it, haha.

Fine For Now said...

Same, I hoard it until a special opportunity.

Except, after recently seeing a man on Oprah give the Last Speech, I decided life was too short and got out the "good silverware" and now we use it every day.

Farrell said...

varies. depends on what that special thing is i guess.

Jill said...

Use it.

Dr. Maureen said...

I used to hoard, but several years ago I had an epiphany about how I would save things that I was SUPPOSED to feel sentimental about but didn't (things like ticket stubs), and I started throwing stuff out and never looked back. So now I use the stuff so as not to have it cluttering up the area unnecessarily. Oh,and also, I had a college roommate who had two tea bags left of her favorite tea that they had stopped making, and she wouldn't drink them because then she didn't have them anymore. So she didn't get to enjoy the last two cups. This struck me as a shame, and furthered my "don't bother hoarding" feeling.

el-e-e said...

TOTALLY HOARD. Always save for "in case I run out of my regular stuff."

I also keep gift cards for MONTHS (sometimes years).

skiplovey said...

This is so funny, is usually "save it" for a special occasion, then forget that I have it and find it a year later after it has expired. Can't tell you have many times I've done that.

Marie Green said...

I used to be a hoarder, but now I hate saving things, or having too much excess, so I'd probably save it until I could make myself feel special for using it- I wouldn't use it right away, but I'd say "On Saturday, while the kids are on a bike ride, I'm going to pamper myself a bit."

Shelly said...

My inclination is to hoard, but I'm trying to make myself not do that, because I never end up using the products if I hoard them. On a seemingly related note, I am incapable of eating the last of a food I really like unless I buy a whole new bag/ box of whatever it is. I have thrown away more donuts, candies, cookies, etc. because of this habit. And it drives my husband CRAZY!

Alice said...

oh, i TOTALLY hoard. and then never use them. it's a terrible habit.. i'm trying to actively stop doing it :-)

rebcram said...

I am also one who tends to hoard, but recently have talked myself out of it on many occasions using the classic "life is too short!" argument.

shoeaddict said...

Save it!

Samantha said...

I should use it right away, but I don't. I save it for a special occasion and then when a special occasion comes around I forget and then years later, it gets thrown away.

Kelsey said...

I'm less of a hoarder than I used to be, as far as saving things for special occasions. I like to use things right away, but maybe not daily, and spread it out a bit.

Black Sheeped said...

I'll hang on to candy sometimes. Otherwise, I try to make an occasion to use the special thing. If I get some special face stuff, I'll have some Girl Time in the bathroom, and use the special stuff + do my toenails + do a special conditioning treatment for my hair. That way it's not sitting around forever, AND it feels special.

bacioni said...

Umm, hard question.
I would hoard it, then I would try to use it (if it had an expiration date), but I'm not always successful.
Hoarding is such a weird mind thingie, isn't it? It makes no sense to hoard perishables.