I just looked on the counter and saw that my well-meaning husband had brought home a huge box of Saltine crackers. They were on my shopping list, so I was glad he bought them, but wow...that was a big box. And we have a tiny kitchen.
This reminded me of something I see happening in most people's homes: shopping without considering your storage space. It feels great to stock up when a needed item is also on sale, but when you get home and realize the only place you can store it is on the kitchen counter, it becomes a problem.
What else is it costing you by sitting on your counter?
Aggravation at having to look at it
Anger from having to move it each time you clean
Guilt from buying too much
Annoyance that it's been 10 months since you bought it and you still haven't used it
Money to house items you're not using - Bay Area real estate is valued at $1,000+ per square foot
Shame from throwing away food that expired - it could have helped feed the hungry
Pain from hurting your back moving around something you aren't even using
Time moving it to "clean up" when friends are coming over
Next time you're at the store, remember: the purchase price isn't the only cost.