I'm beginning to re-evaluate my pipe smoking and toby purchasing habits. I had been thinking about cellaring bulk tobies, but between one unopened tub of PA and what I have out in jars I've got a pound worth, and that pound or so doesn't seem to be really going anywhere since I've been exploring the many different tinned tobies out there. Considering that I'm not a real heavy pipe smoker, a few tins seems to last me about a month. My weekday pattern seems to be a small bowl in the morning on my short commute to work, a moderate-sized bowl in the afternoon at work when I go for my lunch-hour walk, a larger-sized bowl right when I get home from work, and then a bowl of varying size right before bed. On weekends, I might have a couple more bowls per day than I do during the rest of the week. There seems to be only a few constants in my toby preferences: A lighter and sweeter toby in the morning, an English blend that focuses on VA's and Orientals with just a moderate splash of Latakia, "Scottish" blends, and generally VA-based flake over any other style of toby. Cellaring OTC blends like Walnut, Prince Albert, and Carter Hall once seemed like a great idea - as did finding a bulk that I liked and cellaring that. However, I've found several tinned tobies that I'd really rather much cellar like OGS, Erinmore, MacB Navy Flake, Presbyterian Mixture, Squadron Leader (good luck on finding any of that, eh), Club Blend, Plum Cake, Old Dublin, Sherlock Holmes, Irish Oak, Royal Yacht, 965, Early Morning Pipe, and Cairo. These are the just among the ones I've tried and really liked, and within this mix of tins is a blend blend that suites my particular smoking preference for a particular time of the day. And there are so many more left to try. If I was to buy a sleeve of the tinned tobies that I like, a sleeve being five or six tins, it would run anywhere from $55 to $70 per toby. I could buy about two tubs of my favorite OTC's or a couple of pounds of my favorite bulk (Stokkebye and MacBaren) for that price. Certainly, buying the OTC or bulk toby would be cheaper, but I also tire of a particular blend after about an ounce or two ounces, or roughly a tin's worth, and then I'm ready to move onto something else. In time, I once again get a hankering for a particular blend and I'll go back to it. Meanwhile, that jar full of bulk sits there hydrating and mostly gathering dust on the jar. On rare occasion I go back to it, but tinned toby (of various blend) gets smoked at least five times as often. Thus, the bulk or OTC tobies do not really offer any savings because they're rarely smoked. Even if I was to buy them in pouches, it still wouldn't offer any savings because I'd tire of them before I'd finish them off. This has thus far not proven not to be the case with tinned tobies. Since I suffer far for from TAD than PAD, picking up a sleeve of canned toby every now and then (in addition to a new toby or two per month) every seems like a good way to build up a fair-sized cellar while still allowing me the opportunity to buy a new cob, Pete, or estate pipe every once in a while. And it all seems sustainable within the modest allowance of $70 or so a month that I keep for myself. Anybody find themselves in a similar boat?