just curious, but did your grandmother live through the Depression?
She was born in 1928, so yeah. But so did my grandfather (who was immensely annoyed by this habit).
He actually banned her from buying more yarn
(ie: non-food item) at one point, because she had a steamer trunk full of it.
Every single drawer she has is stuffed to the gills with junk. Sometimes it is just the empty packaging from the items she bought.
"...four of his five wits went halting off, and now is the whole man governed with one..." W. Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing
Act I, Sc I
Do you like Shakespeare? Join us The Globe Theater