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Things I Own Too Much Of: Lip Balm

Sadly, my entire collection is not represented in this photo.

Up until recently, I made it through life using only one tube of lip balm from start to finish at a time. However, this persnickety habit did not stop me from amassing a large collection of fancy lip balms that I had gleaned from premiere party swag bags. I kept my collection in a cigar box, on the bookshelf in my bedroom, with the intent of re-gifting the little tubes as stocking stuffers.

At some point in time, my chapped-lipped boyfriend, discovered my cache of lip balms and help himself to it. Had it been anyone else, this would have been fine. However, we’re talking about a man who misplaced his car keys on our first date. Like the absent-minded professor that he is, Mr. Foxypants kept misplacing his lip balm. Gradually over time, he emptied the little box, and partially used tubes of lip balm started popping up all over the house. And, you know, God forbid I throw any of them away before using them up, so I’m stuck with them for, I don’t know, years?

Have you ever hoarded something by accident?

To enter to win a brand new (and unused) tube of Hugo Naturals Grapefruit Splash lip balm, tell the story of your unintended collection or post a photo of your sad museum in the comments section below. I will randomly choose a winner at midnight, Sunday, February 20th, Pacific Standard Time.


  1. Posted February 17, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

    LOL! I’m just as bad! Glad to see I’m not the only one. 🙂 Maybe you should attach Mr. Foxypants’ lip balm to him with an elastic cord? ;P

  2. Posted February 17, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Permalink

    When I had roommates, they would sometimes help themselves to my toiletries when they’d run out. Now, I understand the occasional need to borrow a squirt of shampoo and the like, but it was a little aggravating when I’d go to use something and the bottle would be empty, so I started buying extras and hiding them in my room. The problem was that I’d forget what I’d bought (because I couldn’t see it), so I’d buy more.

    My partner and I bought a house together and moved in five years ago this coming June. I, um, haven’t had to buy shampoo, soap, or deodorant since I moved.