I'm getting ready to buy my first house soon. While I'm a thrifty shopper, I'm a shopper. I enjoy hunting out good bargains but that also means I spend money on non-essentials on a pretty regular basis. A few dollars here and a few dollars there will add up over the course of the year. I decided to start being very, very mindful about my spending in the months leading up to my purchase since I know expenses will come (literally?) out of the woodwork when I'm a homeowner.
I didn't call it a New Year's Resolution, but I suppose that's what it was- I decided not to spend money on craft supplies in 2014 unless I was replenishing a staple. To me, staples are white card stock, envelopes, dimensional tape, and ATG tape. I would also consider specialty adhesives like a glue pen if the need arose. I have enough of the other stuff (stamps, papers, stickers, punches, and dies) to keep me crafting for years and years. So far, I've bought $11.90 worth of foam tape and white card stock, using a Kmart rewards points coupon to get the foam tape for about half price.
My plan was somewhat foiled when I won the ODBD challenge last month. The prize is a super-generous $25 gift certificate to the store. (Thanks ODBD!) They have great stamps and it would be a shame to let that gift certificate expire (if such a date exists). So, I read that they were having their anniversary sale this week and I waited to see what it would be. It's 20% off if you buy 4 or more stamps or stamp sets. Of course, that also makes shipping a bit more expensive (though still very reasonable at $5.50) and would have created more expense for me. Well, I didn't need 4 stamps, so I found 3 totaling $26 and used the $3 shipping option then subtracted the gift certificate and the $0.75 in rewards points that I'd accrued. Grand total for 3 stamps: $3.25. I can absolutely be OK with that! In case you're wondering, I bought Blessed Virgin Mary (I'm Catholic and a friend is soon to become a nun, so this set was a must-have so I can make her a card), Moose Single (I wanted the Father's Day set that it's part of, but I restrained myself because I know I already have a good collection of sentiments I can use with the image), and Ship Single. The latter two stamps will be great for masculine cards and I can use them to practice coloring or stamp them as is due to their great detail. Yay! I can't wait to get some new purple rubber in the mail in a few days!
Grand total for the year thus far: $15.15. If I continue along doing this well, I will have spent well under $100 this year for my hobby. In the past, I never specifically counted, but I would estimate $500 per year would not have been out of the ordinary.
Cards shipped to OWH in 2014: 21
Cards shipped to OWH in 2013: 829 blank and 301 AnyHero
Cards shipped to OWH in 2012: 1284 blank and 218 AnyHero
Cards shipped to OWH in 2011: 1695
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