Just buy two

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  • Not to say this is anything out of personal experience, because, as you know, I’m without flaw. But if you have an item in your life that keeps getting lost (and is a pain to replace without having the original), buy two. One could, for example, keep an extra gas cap in the car in the event they’re the sort of person who absentmindedly leaves the original at the gas pump occasionally. Just saying. --Merlin Mann 02/11/2005 04:06 PM (PST)
    • I do this with deordorant, because there's nothing worse than running out halfway through an application and ending up with a lopsided deo distribution.--Mark 00:59, 13 February 2006 (EST)
    • My personal rule on this is to buy a new [thingie] every time I "lose" a [thingie]. Even if it's not really lost, and is just kicking around the house somewhere. I do this with hats, gloves, pens, whatever. I stop buying things when I stop "losing" them on a regular basis. Does it create more clutter? I already have a shelf in the house for hats and gloves, and places to keep pens, and so on. Having more of the thing I desperately need when I'm running out the door means it's easier to find and less stress in the looking. --John Wilson
  • Keep extra shoelaces on hand. They only cost a dollar or two and they can really spiff up an old pair of shoes. Plus you never know when you are going to break one. --Mose 11:56 AM 03/25/2005 (CST)
  • Don't buy two of EVERYTHING, even if you do lose them. For example, don't buy a spare expensive halogen bulb for the lamp that needs one every five years. It will just create clutter. --Torgo 12:31, 6 Apr 2005 (EDT)
    • Hacker Exception: When you buy two of something (like two Robosapiens), immediately open a Project folder and capture your hacking Next Actions. --AP 13:17, 6 Apr 2005 (EDT)
    • You may want to consider buying socks two at a time. --Philiph 11:33, 8 Apr 2005 (EDT)
    • Keep in mind that Target (or Wal-Mart, Home Depot, whatever) does a great job of storing your stuff for you until you need it. --John Wilson
  • Adjunct to the "Buy Two" rule: I carry a copy of my Car Key in my wallet. It would be a rare moment that I managed to lock both my wallet and my keys in the car. It's come in handy more times than I care to admit. --RobNoxious 01:04, 28 Mar 2005 (EST)
    • Some auto clubs (AAA for one) will make a spare key out of plastic that has a "frame" the same size and thickness of credit card, for easy wallet storage.
    • After an embarrassing key snafoo that left me stuck with my bike lock around my waist all day (I live in New York City, that is just how it is done), I promptly made about ten copies of my bike lock key. I have one at my desk and one in my wallet in addition to the backup key I had at home.
  • How about: buy two if none won't do? --RB 17:59, 16 Apr 2005 (EDT)
  • For clothing, buy three: one to wash, one to wear, one to spare. --Edward Vielmetti 20 Apr 2005
  • Men's socks -- just buy lots! Buy ten or fifteen pairs each of identical black, brown and maybe white socks then throw out or donate all your other socks. When a given colour starts to need replacing, throw them all out again and buy a complete new set. Depending on your wardrobe, two or three colours of socks should be enough to complement anything you're going to wear. No more scrabbling around for odd pairs, as any two of a given colour will match perfectly -- saves hours on laundry days and in the morning! --Rowlock 12:01, 21 Apr 2005 (EDT)
    • But test them first, buy a pair or two and see how they look after a few rounds in the washing machine --Carl 3 May 2005
    • I have lots of black socks, and some pairs are almost, but not quite, identical to others. Also, I suspect that even when pairs start out identical, they'll go through a different number of laundry days and the colours will drift apart. Here's how I solved this: as soon as I take off socks, or at least when I pick them off the floor the next morning, I tie the pair together in a tight knot. I undo the knot after washing, before I hang them up to dry. No need to boy those plastic sock-together-holder clips from the Good Housewife Catalog(tm). Nex 09:14, 23 August 2006 (EDT)
  • Toothpaste, detergent, soap, kitty litter, trashbags: anything that'll keep, that you have room for, and that'll screw up your day when you realize too late that you don't have another. Start with two, then replace when you're down to one.
  • I buy two because it helps me keep track of what I need to buy. For example, I'll buy two tubes of toothpaste. When I finish using one I'm always sure to have a second one handy. I take the first one, cut off the label and leave it next to my wallet. This reminds me to pick up toothpaste next time I'm out. I buy more than two (or in bulk) for things I use a lot: deodorant (currently have 5), soap (packs of 6 individually wrapped), swiffer boxes, bathroom scrubs, dish sponges, etc. --..ak 15:20, 19 May 2005 (EDT)


  • Here's a tip I stole from my grandmother: If you see something on discount, buy two or three of the discounted objects so you don't have to pay more the next time you have to buy some. By the time you've used up the two or three items, it will have been discounted again. --Sakurina 15:36, 21 Jun 2005 (EDT)
    • However, ask yourself this important question before buying: "Am I really going to use these things?" If the answer is no, skip it. The only thing worse than loading up crap is loading up on cheap crap. A lot of discounts are engineered to get rid of stock that nobody wants, and sometimes it's better to shell out real money for something that you know is of good quality and that you will actually use.--Coldphage 04:38, 26 February 2007 (EST)
  • I used to get really frustrated not having things to hand when I went on holiday or working away from home, so I took some time to buy duplicate sets of the essential items. Now I've got a full set of toiletries in my travelbag that matches the ones I use at home so wherever I go I don't have to adjust my routines. Actually, typing this makes me realise how sad I am - no matter, at least I'm clean.
    • In that vein, I keep duplicate sets of my basic toiletries both at my parents' house and my boyfriend's house so I don't have to pack those things when I travel. I'd advise making sure it's ok with one's boyfriend/girlfriend before doing this, though, as to some it could be taken as "I'm moving in." --Cordelya 17:03, 8 Nov 2005 (EST)
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