Stockpiling Is Not Hoarding

Extreme couponing has brought a lot of attention lately to those of us who stockpile food. I will be on the May 11th episode of TLC's Extreme Couponing, and I can tell you that there is a HUGE difference between hoarding and stockpiling.

Don't let the fact that TLC happens to have a show about each one of those topics confuse you.

I am an extreme couponer/stockpiler for several reasons.
1. I want to be prepared in case a job loss or injury prevents us from having an income.
2. I enjoy the blessings I get from helping others out with my bountiful "stockpile lair"
3. I enjoy being able to help others learn how to extreme coupon and save.
4. There are more, but these are the core ones.'s the difference between extreme couponing/stockpiling and hoarding.

Some definitions:

stock·pile (stkpl)
A supply stored for future use, usually carefully accrued and maintained.
tr.v. stock·piled, stock·pil·ing, stock·piles
To accumulate and maintain a supply of for future use.


Hoarding is a general term for the accumulation of food or other items. The term is used to describe both animal and human behavior.
Hoarding as a human behavior falls in to two main categories. One type of hoarding is triggered as a response to perceived or predicted shortages of specific goods.(see above for why I stockpile) Compulsive hoarding, on the other hand, is a mental disorder marked by an obsessive need to acquire and keep things, even if the items are worthless, hazardous, or unsanitary.

Compulsive hoarding (what the TLC show is about) is the acquisition of, and failure to discard such a large number of seemingly useless possessions that that it causes significant clutter and impairment to basic living activities such as moving around the house, cooking, cleaning, showering or sleeping.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so if the above information has not cleared it up for you, maybe some photo's will....enjoy :-)

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