A mother has been forced to defend her stockpiling ‘obsession’ after she was branded as ‘disgusting’ by a troll.
Holly Smith, from Norfolk, who has Asperger’s syndrome, and often shares her bargain finds to her blog Coupon Queen and TikTok, took to the social media platform to hit back at a critic, who slammed her stockpiling as ‘disgusting’ and ‘greedy’.
In one clip, she showed off her shelves, which were jam-packed with rows of cleaning products, beauty products, tinned foods, teabags and children’s toys, which she collect free or cheaply through couponing and giveaways.
The money-saving mother explained that some people call her stockpiling an ‘obsession’, adding that she strongly believes her hobby ‘doesn’t hurt anyone’.
Holly Smith, who shares her bargain finds and handy hacks to her TikTok, took to the social media platform to hit back at a troll who slammed her stockpiling (above) as ‘disgusting’
She said: ‘People think I’m obsessed with this, but I’m OK with it. I am obsessed with it and I think this is an obsession that doesn’t hurt anyone.’
In another video, Holly hit back at a troll who commented on one of her videos, calling her stockpiling amid the coronavirus pandemic ‘disgusting’ and ‘greedy’.
The user wrote: ‘Absolutely disgusting! Stockpiling during a pandemic! People go without because you want to be greedy! #selfish’
But Holly was quick to hit back at the troll, pointing out that she has been stockpiling for more than ‘seven years’ and went on to explain what she does with her stockpiled products.
The blogger said: ‘The video you left this comment on was filmed last year. I have been stockpiling for over seven years.
In one clip,he showed off her shelves, which were jam-packed with rows of cleaning products, beauty products and toys (above) saying her ‘obsession’ ‘doesn’t hurt anyone’
‘But I’d like to to show you what my stockpile looks like now.’
Filming an empty space where her products used to sit, Holly revealed that she had given all the toiletries to a women’s refuge while the food was given to the Salvation Army.
The bargain hunter went on to explain that the stash of children’s toys had been donated to London’s Brompton Hospital, who ‘saved’ her baby’s life last year.
Holly continued: ‘This is the area where my stockpile was, and you might be wondering where it’s all gone.
‘First up, all the toiletries, which you saw in the video, such as bath bombs and shower gels, went to a women’s refuge.
‘All the toys went to the Brompton Hospital in London because they had a toy appeal, and it was the least I could do because they saved my baby’s life last year.
‘And all the food went to the Salvation Army to support families over Christmas.
Responding to the troll, the money-saving mother pointed out that she has been stockpiling for more than ‘seven years’ and even revealed she donated her last stockpile to charity
‘I’m not making this video to say “Look at me, I donate to charity”, but I get so much hate on a daily basis when people see my stockpile.
‘Will I stop stockpiling? No! Because I’m going to do it all over again.’
Holly’s dedicated followers were quick to flock and show their support for the bargain-hunter, slamming people who ‘jumped to conclusions’.
One TikToker wrote: ‘There is a difference between panic buying and stockpiling. I have stockpiled slowly for several months. In these times it is essential and practical.’
Another fumed: ‘People are so quick to jump to conclusions and cancel just what’s wrong with people????’
And a third commented: ‘Ignore them hun, you’re incredible’, while a fourth user described Holly as a ‘true inspiration’.
Holly frequently gives other shopping helpful tips for finding bargain buys, getting freebies and coupons, and sourcing free tickets on her online blog Coupon Queen.