So the past several months I've bought a few pipes here and there, but I've also stocked up on quite a lot of tobacco. A ton of bulk, and more than a few tins are all jarred up - and some tins have yet to be opened. I've got everything I need....a couple floral blends, a good set of English and Oriental blends, OTC burley, C&D burley, a little bit of VA and even a touch of aromatic. I've bought ounces, pounds, tins, and collected more samples than I know what to do with. I'd say I probably have enough tobacco to last me around a year to a year and a half if I continued smoking the way I do without buying anything more. This is an excellent thing. When I got here, I considered it a luxury to be able to have more than 2 or 3 tobaccos on hand at a given time, and had nothing jarred up to stay fresh for long. But seeing everyone discussing this blend and that blend and "oh you gotta try this, cellar, cellar, cellar!" everyday got to me, and my interest picked up and one thing led to another and, what do you know, I may have a relatively modest cellar all things considered, but it will get me through lean times if need be. Which is saving my butt right now. I already don't work many hours a week, but after the holidays our hours got seriously slashed. I have 12.5 hours this week, and I worked 16 last week. Needless to say, I'm not likely to pick up a new tin anytime soon. But that's okay, because while I'm searching for a new job after my last day of work for the week (tomorrow) I'll have more than enough to choose from, in any style I like. So this is a public service announcement, to anyone who has yet to pick up the TAD bug: squeeze in a little extra money to buy extra tobacco and stock up at every convenient opportunity. Thinking of buying an ounce each of a few C&D blends? Don't. Pick the one you really want and buy a half pound to a pound of it. You'll save a substantial amount of money, and lets face it, you can get the same amount of one of the other blends you wanted in a few weeks and then have a lot of BOTH of them on hand. If you find something you like that comes in bulk, DON'T buy it tinned. Stock up whenever you have some extra money, and you'll be sitting pretty when money gets really tight - I'm living proof! Now this doesn't mean that it doesn't kill me a little that I can't at least get another tin or two for a little while, once you get into TAD mode it's hard to stop....but actually smoking the tobacco rather than buying it does help to seriously alleviate that discomfort! So I know it's been advocated time and again, but just remember......cellar!!!!