It’s official. I’m a paddict. I have way more pads than I need. A ridiculous number, in fact. It was 86 at the last count, which is ludicrous given that my period has shrunk from seven days to barely five. I had two arrive yesterday and four more today that I “accidentally” ordered over the weekend. Here are some of them:
The one on the left is the new Flare from Eco Rainbow, which I’ll be reviewing soon. The other two are from Lady Days Cloth Pads.
I am very lucky that I sometimes get sent free pads for the blog. Sometimes it’s a prototype of a new design that a maker wants me to test. Sometimes it’s a fully developed pad for reviewing purposes. It’s not the reason I blog but it’s a lovely perk of working to spread the word about Alternative Menstrual Products (AMPs). But surely that should be enough of a regular fluffy fix, right? Apparently not.
I was talking to the lovely Tamsin (check out her blog and follow her on Twitter @FitFluffyMama) about what she calls “finger slippage”. Ahem. Yes. This is when your PayPal account is just a finger tap or mouse click away and before you know it, you’ve ordered three pads. From Australia.
It’s all because our periods only come once a month (I know! Who knew?!). An entire month is a very long time to have to wait to use our precious pretties. So a little spend here and there helps to break up the long wait in between.
You see, it’s not about needing more. It’s not about having a good variety for the heavy days, light days and just plain ugly days. It’s not really about the pads at all. It’s all about the fabrics. Cotton, suedecloth, flannel, bamboo velour. Limited edition prints, hand-dyed, tie-dyed, ice-dyed, matching sets. Colours, textures, stitching, shapes, prints. There are hundreds and hundreds of gorgeous fabrics available. It’s become a hobby. Like collecting stamps. There will always be that newly released, get it quick, while stocks last pad.
And then there’s that special feeling of “SQUEEEEEEEEEE!” when a pretty little parcel drops onto the doormat. The careful cutting open of the plastic mail bag, folding open the tissue paper, the extra “eeeep!” of finding the tiny extra gift that some makers hide inside.
But it all costs money. And not a few pennies here and there either. A good chunk of our disposable income is going on pads I just don’t need. It’s all starting to feel a bit reckless.
This is money I could be saving for family days out in the summer holidays. Or to fix our broken fence panels. Or to decorate another room in our house. And given that this blog is also about being thrifty and saving money, I need to start taking my own advice!
So Tamsin and I set each other a challenge. Paddicts Anonymous. Can we both go cold turkey for a whole month? Is it possible to curb our twitchy fingers and refrain from buying any more pads from now until 1st June? We both have a few outstanding orders still to arrive but then NO new purchases for an entire month and a bit. Can we do it? We’re going to give it a blooming good go, that’s for sure!